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Toho Tenax Europe (TTE) will participate in a technology development project aimed at contributing to Industry 4.0, the German initiative for a fourth-generation industrial revolution.
By participating in iComposite 4.0, the TTE says that it aims to achieve improved production efficiency and expanded applications for its diverse lineup of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) materials.
It explains that the project, called iComposite 4.0, was launched by 10 leading German organisations in January 2016 with support from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The goals are to realise production cost reductions through innovations such as 3D printing, resin-injection processes and intelligent-control systems to balance materials characteristics for minimised waste during production. Each part is embedded with an RFID chip that stores information about its production history to support quality control and production-system flow.
In iComposite production, a part’s basic structure is produced by a fibre spraying technology in the first stage. To balance stresses, TTE explains that high-precision fibre bundles are then added. Resin transfer moulding (RTM) is used for the moulding process.
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