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The Fraunhofer Institute for Production technology IPT is gearing up for action with its “Multi-Material-Head”.
The Institute explains the head is a configurable tape placement system for the production of components made of unidirectional, continuous fibre-reinforced plastics (FRP) and for localised reinforcement of components and semi-finished products made of FRP.
The engineers from Aachen will be demonstrating the versatility of the multifunctional tape placement head, which can easily be integrated in various robot and portal systems, at Composites Europe 2014 from 7 – 9 October 2014 in Düsseldorf.
According to Fraunhofer IPT the compact tape placement head has a modular structure, permitting it to process unidirectional continuous fibre-reinforced thermoplastic tapes, duroplastic prepregs and dry fibre rovings on the same machine. The base platform, which can be adjusted to fit various robot and portal systems, can be equipped with interchangeable material feed and cutting units, cooling or heating elements as well as additional customised modules, depending on requirements.
The Institute further explains both laser systems and infrared emitters, for example, can be used as heat sources. The machine can thus be retooled swiftly to adapt to the processing requirements of thermoplastic tapes, duroplastic prepregs or dry fibre rovings. Consequently, the system is of particular interest to smaller companies or research institutes which will thus have access to three different technologies using only one machine.
One of the services, the Fraunhofer IPT states it offers its clients, is to customise the “Multi-Material-Head” and to supply the corresponding modules to meet user requirements. Depending on the intended use, an individual standard head or a complete system including robotics and kinematics can be configured specifically for a particular purpose by a team of developers at the Fraunhofer IPT.
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