Fibercon by Dieffenbacher gets AVK Innovation Award
Fibercon, the consolidation system developed by Dieffenbacher and Fraunhofer ICT, has been named the winner of the AVK Innovation Award in the “Innovative Processes” category. The German Federation of Reinforced Plastics (AVK Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe eV) grants the AVK Innovation Award to pioneering innovations in composites every year.
The award was presented in Stuttgart at the 4th International Composites Congress, the kickoff event of Composites Europe. Christian Dieffenbacher, member of the management board, and Dr. Matthias Graf, head of technology development at Dieffenbacher, together with Dr. Sebastian Baumgärtner from Fraunhofer ICT, accepted the Innovation Award for the Fibercon.
Dieffenbacher’s Fibercon is used in the manufacture of tape-based components. It consolidates tape layups into near-net-shape laminates of outstanding quality. Fibercon’s vacuum consolidation minimises air inclusions and imperfections and prevents material degradation due to oxidation.
Dry spots in the tape can also be re-impregnated. Thanks to a newly developed coating system, most polymers can be processed without release agents. This makes it possible to produce large series of individual component-specific tape layups in reproducible quality. It is even possible to process high performance thermoplastics without further adaptation.
Together with the Fiberforge tape laying system, Fibercon forms the Tailored Blank Line, which is capable of producing more than one million components per year. (SV)
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