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11th January 2019, Aachen

PrePro 3D system for Aimen

PrePro 3D successfully installed in Spain. © Conbility

Conbility, a spin-off of RWTH Aachen University in Germany, has delivered a PrePro 3D modular tape placement applicator to the Aimen Technology Centre in O Porriño, Spain,

The unique selling point of the PrePro 3D system is its multifunctional range of uses, with three technologies included in one single modular system – laser-assisted thermoplastic tape placement, IR-assisted thermoset prepreg placement and dry fibre placement.

The JEC-award-winning PrePro 3D tape placement and winding applicator is available as modular tool with a decentralised control system and HMI (including closed-loop control of energy input into the processing zone) for “plug-in” implementation in existing robot systems or machine systems by standard interfaces for the communication with the master control system. Conbility provides the single applicator as well as turn-key-ready systems including the robot and handling systems.

The PrePro 3D head is based on 25 years of development work at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT) in respect of laser-assisted tape processing with in-situ consolidation.

Since January 2018, Conbility has been the contract partner for the IPT in respect of the commercialization and further development of PrePro 2D and PrePro 3D systems.

The process costing software for intuitive process chain modelling and cost evaluation via drag-and-drop is now available in three pricing models, starting from €95 € per month and user.

Conbility has also started developing real-time process modelling and monitoring for planned/actual cost comparison and overall productivity analysis. In addition, its production and costing experts provide on-site support for technology and production site evaluation and optimization, process cost analysis and data acquisition and evaluation concepts.

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