The team has already been active with visiting SAMPE in Switzerland and presenting two project initiatives we are currently working on. AZL colleagues Philipp Wigger and Alexander Peitz both contributed to the program with a presentation. Philipp Wigger explained that the double belt press with inductive heating and elastomer pressure rollers has been developed and[…]
In the field of lightweight production, a close collaboration between different expertise is necessary in most cases to achieve breakthroughs in the increase of productivity of production processes and the reduction of manufacturing costs. Therefore, a detailed, pre-competitive investigation of lightweight materials, systems or processes with cost-effective budget based on joint cost-sharing is the basis[…]
During the Annual Partner Meeting, the key strategic meeting of the partner network, AZL presented and reviewed all ongoing activities of the past AZL season. This also included the current research projects: BIO-FML, AZL´s role in Aachen´s Cluster of Excellence “Internet of Production” and the Research Campus Digital Photonic Production (DPP). BIO-FML In the publicly[…]
FRIMO Group, a full-service supplier for plastics processing solutions from Germany, is a new member, but not a newcomer in our international and cross-industry collaboration on composites. FRIMO has already contributed to a couple joint projects and now aims to intensify process development and research activities on a regular basis.
Formosa Plastics Corporation, material supplier from Taiwan is joining our international and cross-industry collaboration on composites to get in contact and collaborate with new partners in Europe.
In a third stage of AZL’s project of the machine-development of 5-seconds fully consolidated multi-layer composite laminate production, additional heating elements will be investigated and subsequently added.
At the AZL Annual Partner Meeting in June, a new project was proposed and discussed to investigate the influence of factors like design, structure, functionalities and sustainability for different automotive interior concepts. Learn more on the project which is to be kicked-off end of 2021.
Life Cycle Assessment: The environmental footprint of materials is highly dependent on the production scenario, so choosing the right material can be difficult. Material light weighting is not always environmentally reasonable.
Based on the frequently addressed requirements from the industry AZL is kicking-off a fourth phase to follow up on the developments of the AZL Joint Partner Project Cost- and Energy-Efficient Double Belt Press System” (project phase III) on August 30th, 2021.
Twice a year, the AZL engineering team involves the AZL partners in a workgroup for joint business case analyses of composite parts. So far 21 components have already been analyzed regarding production scenarios, process steps, cost structure and cost drivers.