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A new fibre-patch preforming (FPP) technology presented by EADS Innovation Works with its partners Oxeon AB and Manz Automation Tbingen GmbH has been announced as finalists for the JEC Innovation Awards 2011 in the Automation category.
Oxeon has supplied EADS with their spread tow tapes.
FPP makes the production of highly advanced CFRP components possible. These components can have optimal light weight design and are fully automated produced. Especially for stiffener profiles it’s possible to have a wasteless production. With small amounts of FPP material great stiffness can be achieved.
The relative new developed fiber-patch-preforming-technology allows the positioning of centimetre width tapes to nearly any specification. A special robot gives free choice in position and orientation of the fibers during preforming. The preforms are easy to use in standard infiltration processes and can be combined with other preform types. Quality assurance, waste prevention and health protection were considered for the development of a machine prototype. With this new technology an automated preform production from a software lay-up plan is possible.
The JEC Innovation Awards have been running since 1998 and every year reward the best composites innovations in terms of technical interest, commercial potential, partners, financial impact and originality.
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