Fraunhofer Project Centre In cooperation with Fraunhofer Western University

Facilities

Compression Moulding

Hydraulic Press
  • Press with maximum clamping force of 2,500 tonnes
  • Table size 3m X 2m
  • Proactive parallelism control
  • Moulding of demonstrator parts in industrial scale available
  • Video

Direct SMC/SMC

Thermoset Sheet Moulding Compound Equipmnet
  • First Direct SMC line in North America
  • Production trials
  • Material and process development
  • 400 mm to 800 mm sheet width

LFT-D

Long-Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastics Equipment
  • 2 extruder configuration (Dieffenbacher process)
  • Industrial scale (75 mm diameter)
  • Semi-structural part application

High Pressure RTM

Resin Transfer Molding Equipment
  • Compression RTM
  • High Pressure RTM
  • Process development
  • Alternative formulation development

Injection Moulding

machine drawing
  • Clamping unit with 16,000kN (parallelism control and negative embossing)
  • Standard and MuCell injection unit with optimized long-fiber screw (Ø = 120 mm)
  • Pressure accumulators for higher injection speed
  • Fully automated manufacturing cell for continuous fiber reinforced parts (circulating hot air furnace and 6 axis handling robot)

Tape Laying - Fiberforge RELAY® Station

fiberforge
  • RELAY® technology
  • Lay-up size up to 1m x 1m on two zones vacuum table
  • Tape width: 50 - 150 mm
  • Ultrasonic spot welding

Fiber Preforming

Fiber preforming
  • Fully automated fiber handling
  • Damage-free fiber cutting
  • Thermoplastic or thermosetting binders
  • Preform shapes up to 2.5m x 2.5m