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3rd May 2019, Aachen

AZL and partner institutes host open day

Guided tour to the ISF (Welding and Joining Institute of RWTH Aachen University). © Dominik Fröhls

Guided tour to the ISF (Welding and Joining Institute of RWTH Aachen University). © Dominik Fröhls

The nine partner institutes of the AZL opened the doors of their machinery halls and research labs to provide an extensive and on-site insight into the research and development capacities in the field of lightweight production and composites at the RWTH Aachen Campus last month.

As a special highlight this year, the AZL presented the iComposite 4.0 self-optimising process chain: fibre-spraying – dry fibre placement – adaptive RTM, as well as AZL’s new prototype machine development Ultra-Fast Consolidator Machine for highly productive and flexible processing of thermoplastic tapes with in-situ consolidation – winner of the JEC World Innovation Award 2019.

More than 100 participants from external companies, as well as from the AZL Network, had the possibility to experience updates on the latest lightweight production technologies and equipment, get to know the bene-fital infrastructure on the Campus and network with internationally represented companies of the entire light-weight value chain researches by taking part in five guided tours to the lightweight institutes.

In the machine hall of the IKV (Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University). © Dominik Fröhls

In the machine hall of the IKV (Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University). © Dominik Fröhls

The AZL brought together content in the field of textiles (ITA), plastics and composite materials (IKV), production technology (WZL, IPT, ILT, and ISF), quality assurance and production-integrated measurement technology (WZL), lightweight design (SLA), automotive production (IKA) as well as multi-material systems and process integration (AZL).

Once a year at the Open Day, the AZL offers an exclusive insight into the R&D capacities of the institutes in the field of lightweight and composite technologies on the campus of RWTH Aachen University.

Within walking distance, researchers and students from nine institutes are working on the latest technologies for the cost-efficient development and production of lightweight components within one of the largest research landscapes in Europe. The research, closely involving industrial companies, covers the entire value chain from fibre production, materials and processing technology to quality assurance and component testing.

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