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11th June 2019, Aachen

ITA’s virtual tools at ITMA 2019

Mixed reality learning environment for the weaving process. © ITA

Mixed reality learning environment for the weaving process. © ITA

The Institute for Technical Textiles at RWTH Aachen University (ITA), will outline the digital retrofitting of a 3D braiding machine for the production of three-dimensionally reinforced ceramic turbine components at the forthcoming ITMA textile machinery show in Barcelona from 20-26 June.

Developed from a conventional machine, the technology has been digitised and rebuilt to Industry 4.0 standards to enable the prototyping and production of the 3D-reinforced ceramic components.

Using a virtual micro-factory, the processing of very sensitive or brittle fibre materials can be simulated in an appropriate software environment and process data subsequently generated for the production to be mapped in the real machine.

As a consequence, the process stability has almost doubled, while the machine’s speed has been increased by 150%.

The digitally retrofitted braiding machine. © ITA

The digitally retrofitted braiding machine. © ITA

The location-independent open source simulation and control software allows extremely flexible process planning and control of the process chain with a mobile terminal.

For further information contact [email protected].

ITA has also developed a learning environment based on a 3D model of a tape loom using mixed-reality technology. Mixed reality is the combination of real data with artificial 2D or 3D objects.

Mixed reality glasses transfer step-by-step work instructions for setting up the machine to real machine components. Now, for example, employees can interactively correct a process error that has led to a machine standstill on the 3D model without any further assistance being required.

The target groups for this innovation are both textile and textile machine manufacturers as well as textile training institutions.

For further information please contact [email protected].

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