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JEC Americas Innovation Award 2013 for integrated process chain for the automated and flexible production of fiber-reinforced thermoplastic components

Published: 11-DEC-13

JEC Americas Innovation Award 2013 for integrated process chain for the automated and flexible production of fiber-reinforced thermoplastic components

On October 4th Alexander Kermer-Meyer and Myron Graw from Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT received the JEC Americas Innovation Award 2013 on behalf of their 18 partners in the EU-research project “FibreChain”. The research group with members from seven European countries was awarded for their work in the development of an integrated process chain for the flexible and automated production of composite products in small and medium lot sizes. The project results can improve the production of 3D-shaped, multi-layered products based on fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP) by reducing costs, gaining a better resource and energy efficiency, and more flexibility.

Over two years the project partners developed new tools and working techniques for an automated process chain to handle and process the original materials. These techniques are not just simply the automated production of different components based on fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP), but also an integrated quality assurance and an adaptive process supervision. The bases for this are the two production steps laser assisted tape placement and thermoforming. At the same time a market analysis confirmed the marketing capacity of exemplary produced component variations. This comprehensive and cross-industrial market study resulted in an economically efficient long-term technology development path. All project partners will now finalize the process chain together, so it will be ready for market in short time.

The JEC, one of the largest organizations in composites in Europe, awards the JEC Americas Innovation Award. Since 1998 JEC recognizes new worldwide developments in the fields of composites and their processing every year. The criteria for the JEC Innovation Award are high technological quality, outstanding partnership in the process chain, marketing potential, and originality.