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IGCV installs Samba Pro Prepreg at FPC

Dec '20
Pic: Cevotec
Pic: Cevotec
The Fraunhofer Institute for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology IGCV has installed a Samba Pro Prepreg production system from Cevotec at the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) in Meitingen, Germany. The system is to be used for the purpose of developing automated CFRP production processes on the basis of the Fibre Patch Placement (FPP) technology.

The system is at the disposal of FPC’s industrial partners as well as all interested companies.

“Already when Cevotec officially joined the FPC at JEC World 2019, it was clear that a Fibre Patch Placement (FPP) system will be installed in the FPC to provide our partners and customers with a complete portfolio of the latest technologies and developments for the next generation of composite manufacturing,” says Hannah Paulus, head of Fibre Placement Centre at SGL Carbon. “The new Samba Pro Prepreg system from Cevotec offers many advantages for the production of complex shaped components with short cycle times.”

Cevotec, together with its partner Baumann Automation, have commissioned the Samba Pro Prepreg production cell in Meitingen since November 2020. It is now ready for operation and the first application development projects have already been started.

The Samba Pro Prepreg system in Meitingen is an advancement of the FPP system presented in 2017 at the JEC World in Paris. “In order to ensure maximum flexibility in terms of geometry and patch edges, a laser cutting unit was installed also in this system,” says Felix Michl, CTO of Cevotec. “The entire material feed is temperature-controlled, so that the pre-impregnated materials can be processed in a controlled environment.” The robots in the system are the well-known and proven pair of TP80 pick-and-place robot and the TX200 tool manipulator from Stäubli.

“This configuration enables us to ensure a high lay-up frequency combined with a very high positioning accuracy, allowing for a fully automated lay-up of complex geometries of medium to small dimensions,” explains Michl. In addition, the vision system, the machine vision quality control system for material quality and placement accuracy, has been fundamentally revised by Cevotec and now offers extended set-up options to adapt the system to different materials.

“We look forward to further developing the FPP technology together with our FPC partners and to opening up new fields of application,” states Thorsten Groene, managing director of Cevotec. “Within the context of the FPC, the production system serves interested industrial companies from various sectors for active technology and application development, together with the researchers of the Fraunhofer Institute.”

“It is really exciting for Fraunhofer IGCV to have the Samba Pro Prepreg put to operation at the FPC,” says Dr. Renato Bezerra, research associate at Fraunhofer IGCV. “This placement machine for fibre patches was designed according to the latest state of the art for processing dry fibre and prepreg material. It perfectly complements our portfolio of placement technologies and expands our scope of research and development services.”

Prior to the installation of the system, SGL Carbon also entered into a development partnership with Cevotec. The aim is to develop innovative applications based on SGL TowPreg and using the Samba systems. “The SGL TowPreg tape harmonises perfectly with our system,” says Michl, “We expect very interesting development projects, for example in the green mobility sector, aviation and medical technology.” In general, the Samba Pro system covers a wide range of different fibre materials that can be processed automatically for different industries.

“The FPP technology can now prove itself in direct competition with different technologies in the FPC,” Michl concludes. “Interested customers can select the optimal technology for their specific application from the technologies available in FPC, which cover the entire spectrum of automated fibre placement. This is real value added for all manufacturers looking for innovative manufacturing solutions.”

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