Lightweight design is significantly gaining importance in many industries. Besides saving raw materials and reducing energy needs, improvements in end product performance should also be considered.
Due to their specific high stiffness and strength, fiber composite plastics play a leading role in lightweight design. The combination of technical fibers with various plastics allows light, highly customized materials. This makes them an extremely attractive material:
For example, fiber composite plastics allow higher acceleration in a Formula 1 car, extend the range of planes or electric cars, increase the carrying capacity of trucks and trains, and raise the height limit for skyscraper construction.
But a victory march of lightweight design is currently still blocked by very high production costs. We are tackling the problem with our production technologies.
The most important step: The automated FPP process is the first and most important of four steps. This step has a critical influence on the cost of materials.
With our expertise in processing flexible materials, our prowess in automation and process technology, and our unique, industry-wide reputation in control technology, image processing and quality and measurement technology, we and our development partners have succeeded in developing the 3D fiber patch preforming (FPP) process. Due to the flexible approach, it is suitable for both economical small series as well as mass production.