To continue development and improve processes, AFPT is partner in several international R&D-projects, funded by industry and national and european bodies.
AFPT is participating in:
- programs on process-development
- programs on equipment-development
The project "Integrated Process Chain for Automated and Flexible Production of Fibre-Reinforced Plastic Products (FibreChain)" aims at the development of worldwide first automated turn key manufacturing systems for fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composites (FRTC) addressing the following branches:
- Public and private transportation (e.g. automotive, railway, aerospace)
- Mechanical, chemical and civil engineering (e.g. turbines, pipes, frames, wind mill blades)
- Consumer goods (e.g. leisure and sports equipment)
It was AFPT's role to produce demo-parts.
The aim of the Stellar project is to develop the manufacturing process for high-speed placement of carbon, glass and polymer fibre reinforced matrices, in selected locations in a composite structure, to provide the optimum reinforcement, weight and cost profile within a part.
For development of a technology for continuous winding of tubes, AFPT GmbH did receive a development grant by the InnoTop programm, carried out by the Region 'Rheinland-Pfalz':
"Für die Entwicklung einer Endlosrohrwickelanlage zur Herstellung von Herstellung von thermoplastischen Verbundrohren war die AFPT GmbH von 2012 bis 2015 Teilhaber im Programm "Einzelbetriebliches Innovations- und Technologieförderungsprogramm" des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz.
Bei dem Programm wird zur Finanzierung der Kosten für die Entwicklung neuer Produkte und/oder Verfahren im Wege der Anteilsfinanzierung ein verlorener (nicht rückzahlbarer) Zuschuss bereitgestellt."
The ComMUnion project enables productive and cost effective manufacturing of 3D metal/CFRTs multi-material components. Automatic tape placement of CFRTs with controlled laser-assisted heating, high-speed laser texturing and cleaning, on-line monitoring and inspection, and computational multi-scale modelling will be combined in a multi-stage robot solution for joining to provide the greatest performance joints. Tools for quality diagnosis and decision support will be also implemented under a cognitive approach.
In this project, AFPT is Workpackage-leader of WP4.
In the ComMUnion-project, in close co-operation with several partners, AFPT will develop and test new state-of-the-art tape-placement systems. Final project-results are expected in 2019. Preliminary results will be used to improve AFPT's actual products and processes.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 680567. The dissemination of results herein reflects only the author's view and the Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.