Automated Dynamics has built and installed a new robotic fibre placement machine for Mitsubishi Rayon Co and the University of Tokyo in Japan.
The machine will support research and development and is funded by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) as part of its Development of Sustainable Hyper Composite Technology initiative, an industry-academic-government project aimed at developing carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics (CFRTP) to reduce energy consumption and create a recycling society.
The Automated Dynamics-installed machine will be used to support research and development in two primary areas.
1. Developing easily workable CFRTP intermediate base materials
2. Developing easily workable CFRTP molding technology
Carbon fibre is a high-function material that is strong and lightweight. It is approximately one-fourth as heavy but ten times stronger than iron, said Jim Harty, vice president, Sales and Marketing, Automated Dynamics. The machine we manufactured and installed at the University of Tokyo will help the project achieve these goals.
MRC expects that CFRTP and the moulding technologies developed in this project will be used to manufacture a wide range of industrial products and parts that are strong and recyclable. The goal is to achieve sharp reductions in energy consumption and promote superior recyclability.
Kyokuto Boeki Kaisha Ltd. (KBK) of Japan, Automated Dynamics trading company, played an instrumental role in forming this partnership.
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