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The Aachen Centre for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) at RWTH Aachen University, Germany, is installing a new Engel injection moulding system in its technical centre.
Engel Deutschland, in cooperation with the Engel Centre for Lightweight Composite Technologies in Austria, will install the two-component injection moulding system with turning plate and 17,000 kN clamping force in 2019. The system will enable innovative combinations of already established fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) processes and the development of new processes. With the new equipment, new research and development initiatives can explore the more efficient use of materials, which is key to the mass production of lightweight components. Research will address multi-material systems, continuous processes, process chains as well as self-optimising processes.
“This new injection moulding system offers us as specialists for lightweight production technology in cooperation with the injection moulding experts of the Institute of Plastics Processing – the IKV – the opportunity to establish hybrid processes for industrial lightweight applications,” notes Michael Emonts, Managing Director of AZL. “The system will expand our existing machinery in the AZL Technical Centre and will be available as an important platform for lightweight production research at RWTH Aachen University.”
As a partner of the AZL, Engel has been working closely with the organisation for many years. Dr Stefan Engleder, CEO of the Engel Group, emphasises the importance of close collaboration with technical universities and especially with the AZL.
“The AZL provides great conditions for industry-related research activities in the field of lightweight composites as it is characterised by a strong interdisciplinary approach. It benefits from the great infrastructure and the collaboration with well-known institutes of the RTWH Aachen University. Engel is looking forward to working together with the AZL on developing efficient lightweight composite mass production processes.”
In addition to the equipment at the RWTH Aachen Campus, the AZL Technical Centre includes large-scale equipment for the development of processes for lightweight production, such as a composite press from Schuler Pressen with 18,000 kN clamping force.
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