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ZSK's Technology Showcase Demonstrates TFP Applications

18 September 2018

ZSK's Technology Showcase Demonstrates TFP Applications

ZSK will hold its bi-annual technology showcase on 21-22 September 2018 at its Krefeld, Germany, headquarters. The Embroidery Technology Show assembles more than 25 exhibitors from around the world to discuss emerging trends in the embroidery manufacturing industry and demonstrate the latest products produced using techniques such as tailored fibre placement (TFP) or smart textiles.

“ZSK is proud of its roots as a traditional embroidery machine manufacturer and its reputation as a pioneering innovator within this industry; our Open House provides specialists, media and residents in the area with the opportunity to better understand the potential applications of embroidery techniques,” explains Julius Sobizack, ZSK Managing Director. “For example, our machines have recently manufactured TFP components for Elemental Motor Company, enabling the use of carbon composites where previously not possible. The technique is growing in popularity within the automotive, construction and marine industries as a cost-effective alternative to traditional carbon fibre construction. The potential applications continue to surprise even us.”

TFP is laid using an embroidery machine and uses a thermoplastic resin, which helps overcome carbon fibre’s traditionally brittle nature. Its method of construction allows designers to optimise fibre orientation for maximum strength, while reducing waste at the preform stage to virtually zero, as parts are no longer cut from a much larger sheet.

“TFP is synonymous with the diversity demonstrated by exhibitors at the Embroidery Technology Show," continues Sobizack. "ZSK machines are utilised across industries and used to manufacture an increasingly wide range of components to increase strength or reduce weight. The demand for technical embroidery and smart textiles – through integration of conductive thread – is also increasing and being adopted by automotive manufacturing, in particular, at an accelerated rate.”

Visitors to the Embroidery Technology Show will be able to explore the diversity of modern embroidery application and better understand the evolving technologies and techniques currently being utilised by such a broad range of industries. Demonstrations of technology suitable for automotive, construction, aerospace and clothing industries will be available. Over 1000 attendees from 45 countries attended the last event in 2016.


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