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6th April 2017, Prilep

Mikrosam expands and upgrades composites lab

Mikrosam, a leader in innovative composite manufacturing solutions presented its new fully modernized lab facility at this year’s JEC World show, which concluded in Paris, last month.

Over the years, Mikrosam has invested in a composite manufacturing laboratory making it available to customers for research, development and testing. With a commitment to continuous R&D in composites, the company has proceeded with an additional EUR 2 million investment to expand the lab capability.

New smart laboratory

The new smart laboratory is equipped with all machines and additional equipment for designing and manufacturing of composite materials and structures using the technology of automated tape laying (ATL) and automated fibre placement (AFP), filament winding, prepreg making and prepreg slitting and rewinding.

A new lab plant layout: AFP/ATL Robot Solution, Prepreg Making Line, Prepreg Slitting and Rewinding Unit, Floor Bed Filament Winding machine and Stationary Curing Oven. © Mikrosam

“So far, Mikrosam is the only company in this industry that has developed an AFP/ATL solution, a robot machine which integrates five exchangeable heads for applying five different processes and various types of materials,” the company reports.

The multidisciplinary team working at the laboratory consists of specialists in electronic, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, automation, as well as experts in the technology of materials and the nano-technology.

Versatile services

The laboratory offers versatile services helping current and potential customers choose equipment for high-performance and efficient production of lightweight and durable composite parts. The engineering platform is accessible for testing and supervising, demonstration, prototyping, new technology/product development, comparative analysis of different technologies and machines, technical consulting, maintenance training, market research, project management and start-up assistance, know-how and technology transfer.

“I am delighted to announce this important investment in upgrading our R&D infrastructure. Today’s dynamic in the composites industry requires improvements and investments in new equipment to stay market competitive. Our customers need access to the latest technology for composite parts production. This is central to our commitment to upgrade our laboratory with relevant solutions to tackle the challenges of tomorrow,” said Dimitar Bogdanoski , Sales Manager of the company.

Automation in composites seminar

In November, Mikrosam will host an automation in composites seminar and will be showcasing the lab’s new and modern capabilities to more than 50 composite professionals around the world.

Mikrosam, based in Prilep, Macedonia, is a leader in developing customized machines and know-how for the composites industry. With more than 27-years of R&D, Mikrosam has installed more than 200 production lines at some of the most demanding customers in over 40 countries around the world, including Germany, USA, Russia, Japan, China, India, and Korea.

Successful customers across the aerospace, automotive, energy, marine, civil engineering, defence, research and other segments continue to use the company’s innovative solutions for advanced composites manufacturing.

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