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Wind­ing the future – JEC Inno­va­tion Awards 2022

Our close part­ner Fibra­works GmbH has been nom­i­nat­ed as a final­ist for the JEC Inno­va­tion Award 2022 in the Equip­ment and Machin­ery cat­e­go­ry with its patent­ed process, Fibraforce tech­nol­o­gy. We are delight­ed that we were able to con­tribute with our con­trol tech­nol­o­gy know-how to the pro­duc­tion of ener­gy- and resource-effi­cient prod­ucts for sus­tain­able light­weight con­struc­tion suit­able for mass production.

The JEC World and the Inno­va­tion Awards

JEC World is the glob­al trade show for com­pos­ites and their appli­ca­tions. Held this year in Paris from May 3 to 5, it is the indus­try’s lead­ing event, bring­ing togeth­er all the key play­ers under the ban­ner of inno­va­tion, busi­ness and net­work­ing. JEC World delights with hun­dreds of prod­uct launch­es, award cer­e­monies, start­up com­pe­ti­tions, con­fer­ences and live prod­uct demon­stra­tions.
Each year, the trade show hon­ors the world’s most inno­v­a­tive com­pos­ite projects and solu­tions. Launched in 1988, this inno­va­tion com­pe­ti­tion pur­sues the goals of iden­ti­fy­ing, pro­mot­ing and hon­or­ing the world’s most for­ward-look­ing com­pos­ite solu­tions and pro­motes the devel­op­ment of the com­pos­ites industry.

The Fibraforce technology

Light­weight con­struc­tion is a key tech­nol­o­gy for con­serv­ing resources, but often involves com­plex process­es and high costs. With its patent­ed Fibraforce tech­nol­o­gy, Fibra­works GmbH aims to rev­o­lu­tion­ize the mass pro­duc­tion of cus­tomized mul­ti­ax­i­al ther­mo­plas­tic lam­i­nates. The high-tech start­up in the field of ther­mo­plas­tic com­pos­ites, based in Aachen, Ger­many, has also set itself the task of using resources more effi­cient­ly, reduc­ing ener­gy con­sump­tion in pro­duc­tion and mak­ing its prod­ucts recy­clable. With the com­pa­ny mot­to Wind­ing the Future, con­tribut­ing to a green­er future is part of the cor­po­rate vision.
Fibraforce tech­nol­o­gy describes an inno­v­a­tive wind­ing process that can pro­duce opti­mized mul­ti-lay­er, mul­ti-direc­tion­al com­pos­ite half-molds tai­lored direct­ly to the cus­tomer’s appli­ca­tion and needs. The con­tin­u­ous man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­nol­o­gy replaces con­ven­tion­al, cost­ly and time-con­sum­ing man­u­al or dis­con­tin­u­ous man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­nolo­gies with an ultra-fast, cost-effec­tive and pre­cise pro­duc­tion process.
The aim of Fibra­works’ patent­ed inno­va­tion is to make light­weight con­struc­tion with com­pos­ite mate­ri­als wide­ly avail­able. It is aimed at all indus­tries that ben­e­fit from lighter, stronger and more durable parts. By using com­pos­ites with opti­mized fiber align­ment, a lot of mate­r­i­al and weight can be saved.

Inno­v­a­tive con­trol con­cept from QA

Due to the spe­cial fea­tures of the plant, Qual­i­ty Automa­tion GmbH has devel­oped a con­trol and dri­ve con­cept at the high­est lev­el, spe­cial­ly tai­lored to the con­di­tions. The plant con­sists of a rotat­ing plat­form, which con­tains two unwinders that also rotate. A sta­tion­ary con­trol cab­i­net next to the plant com­mu­ni­cates via radio tech­nol­o­gy with a sec­ond con­trol cab­i­net on the rotat­ing unwind­ing plat­form, which is sup­plied with mains volt­age via a slip ring. The rotat­ing con­trol cab­i­net con­trols sev­er­al dri­ves, which are syn­chro­nized with each oth­er using elec­tron­ic cams. The two con­trol cab­i­nets have anten­nas for com­mu­ni­cat­ing with each oth­er and the safe­ty tech­nol­o­gy is also imple­ment­ed with PROFIsafe via WLAN.

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