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SAERTEX acquires TK Industries – TK Industries manufactures heavy-tow, multiaxial carbon fiber fabrics for various industries.

SAERTEX acquires TK Industries – TK Industries manufactures heavy-tow, multiaxial carbon fiber fabrics for various industries.

SAERTEX (Saerbeck, Germany) announced that it has acquired full shares in TK Industries GmbH (Selbitz, Germany), a medium-sized manufacturer of heavy-tow, multiaxial carbon fiber fabrics.

According to SAERTEX, TK Industries’ manufacturing technology is optimized for the use of cost-efficient 24K and 50K rovings, which complements SAERTEX’s current range of multiaxial fabrics. Applicable markets include the industrial and transport sectors, boatbuilding, marine, wind energy and infrastructure. SAERTEX plans to use common resources in purchasing, production and distribution.

“The acquisition of TK Industries will provide us with additional capacity in the short term to meet the ever-increasing demand for carbon fiber fabrics and thus enable improved delivery times for our customers,” says Christoph Geyer, CEO of SAERTEX Group.

“We have seen initial successes and are confident that, through the close collaboration, we will further enhance our range of multiaxial carbon fabrics. Our strength lies in spreading heavy tows at low areal weights and processing them into lightweight NCFs [non-crimp fabrics],” says Mirko Ackermann, operations manager at TK Industries.

Source | Composites World

GLOBAL 4IR EXPERTS FOR SOUTH AFRICAN TRADESHOW

GLOBAL 4IR EXPERTS FOR SOUTH AFRICAN TRADESHOW

Twenty-three presenters, including several European-based advanced manufacturing experts will address the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on South Africa’s manufacturing sectors at the African Advanced Manufacturing and Composites Show on November 27 and 28.

The international line-up includes Grafton LSR Ltd Engineering Director Mark Chapman whose team has engineered the Bloodhound –  the most advanced straight-line racing car ever built  –  to attempt to set a new world land speed record currently at 1227.985km/h.

Germany’s Frank Henning of Frauenhofer, regarded as one of the world’s foremost light-weighting authorities and Kjelt van Rijswijk CEO of Netherlands company SAM|XL  housed at Technical University Delft and JEC World International Sales Director Yohann Cailleau based in France, also add an international perspective to the event.

Six workshops over two days will address the impact of 4iR on the automotive, maritime and general manufacturing sectors and focus on the rise and applicability of composites and advanced materials and manufacturing technology and process.

Other confirmed speakers include Retail Motor Industry COO, Jan Schoeman, Progressus platform manager Dr Harry Teiffel, South Africa Fraunhofer senior advisor Oliver Damm and former Director of the Centre for Polymer Technology Bernard Reeksting.

Co-ordinator Andy Radford of the Mandela Bay Composites Cluster said the speaker line-up is likely  to also include Toyota MD Andrew Kirby, the CSIR’s Director for Advanced Manufacturing Martin Sanne, Jendamark CEO, Quinton Uren and Dr Anton du Plessis of the University of Stellenbosch, among others.

The Show, which includes an exhibition, factory tour and Gala Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Awards and Banquet will take place at the iconic Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth with the support of the DTI and Mandela Bay Development Agency.

The Show, according to Radford, represents the largest gathering of Fourth Industrial Revolution roleplayers in Southern Africa.

It injected cash flows of R42,8m into the city’s business community in its inaugural edition, with Nelson Mandela Bay retaining host status for the second edition on November 27 and 28 this year.

The Show is hosted under the auspices of the DTI-supported, national Composites Cluster, in collaboration with government industry and academia.

Radford said the participation of over 3000 influential roleplayers positioned the inaugural Show as “Africa’s premier Initiative in the field  supporting  the triple helix model of innovation which involves interaction between academia, industry and governments, to foster economic and social development.”

Radford said plans announced by the AIDC EC to establish a globally inter-connected Smart Industrial Academy in the province, “attached to the prowess of global 4IR companies like Jendamark” positioned the Eastern Cape as a suitable host for the 2019 edition.

“The Advanced Manufacturing sector is highly fragmented in South Africa.  Many associations and industry bodies promote advanced manufacturing but generally there is a lack of integration and awareness of even our own capabilities, which are substantial,” Radford said.
“Over 100 exhibitors showcasing three-dimensional printing, lasers, automation, virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence,  drones and materials of the future are exciting tools to encourage a new generation of engineers and scientists but we need to expose them and industry to these technologies and there is no time to waste, ” Radford said.
The Show includes the exhibition, workshops, tech demos, factory tour, a drone demonstration and the National Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Awards.
For more information visit www.africanadvancedmanufacturingshow.co.za
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ANDY RADFORD
Managing Director – Mandela Bay Composites Cluster
[email protected]
041 502 3713 or 072 375 3671

Innovative hut on its way to Gough Island – SA Agulhas II departs on annual relief voyage

Innovative hut on its way to Gough Island – SA Agulhas II departs on annual relief voyage

A test hut comprised of wood-plastic composite material, poplar and gum wood, which was produced from the invasive biomass that was cleared by the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries’ (DEFF) Working for Water programme was aboard the SA Agulhas II when she left for Gough Island yesterday.

DEFF held a send-off ceremony for the vessel and the Gough 65 Expedition team at the East Pier Shed yesterday, as they departed for this year’s annual relief voyage to Gough Island.

The department’s Deputy Director-General of Environmental Programmes, Dr. Guy Preston joined the take-over voyage to lead the team that constructed the test hut which will be stationed on the island.

The aim for deploying this hut to the island is to test the potential to use these materials for future island infrastructure, and particularly their capacity to withstand the harsh weather conditions on Gough Island, as they will also be used to accommodate the overwintering team. The success of this analysis will result in the opportunity to re-build the weather station on the island, using the material, and thus creating jobs for South Africans, as this process will then be extended to Marion Island and Antarctica.

The hut’s design attempts to provide a level of comfort that is more sympathetic to the team’s needs under the Island’s harsh conditions. It will also be equipped to meet the full needs of an emergency base for the team members when they conduct their field research away from the base.

Furthermore, the expedition team is also joined by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) who will undertake a multimillion-pound habitat restoration project to eradicate invasive mice from Gough Island in 2020. These mice are devastating the globally important native bird population and driving several species towards extinction. This voyage will see a major delivery of RSPB equipment to the island for depot until March 2020.

South Africa’s use of Gough Island is primarily to operate a full year weather observation station, one of three extremely important weather stations globally. The quality of South African and International weather forecasts relies heavily on the availability of data inputs from Gough Island region. Long term data observations are crucial to pick up climate change impacts and fluctuations.

In this regard, 10 drifting weather buoys will be deployed en-route to Gough Island as part of an international agreement.

Some of the functions that will be performed include collecting diet and blood samples from the various bird species on the island and weather observation through different seasons in the year.

 

Source | Maritime Review

GLOBAL 4IR EXPERTS FOR SOUTH AFRICAN TRADESHOW

GLOBAL 4IR EXPERTS FOR SOUTH AFRICAN TRADESHOW

Twenty-three presenters, including several European-based advanced manufacturing experts will address the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on South Africa’s manufacturing sectors at the African Advanced Manufacturing and Composites Show on November 27 and 28.

 

The international line-up includes Grafton LSR Ltd Engineering Director Mark Chapman whose team has engineered the Bloodhound –  the most advanced straight-line racing car ever built  –  to attempt to set a new world land speed record currently at 1227.985km/h.

 

Germany’s Frank Henning of Frauenhofer, regarded as one of the world’s foremost light-weighting authorities and Kjelt van Rijswijk CEO of Netherlands company SAM|XL  housed at Technical University Delft and JEC World International Sales Director Yohann Cailleau based in France, also add an international perspective to the event.

 

Six workshops over two days will address the impact of 4iR on the automotive, maritime and general manufacturing sectors and focus on the rise and applicability of composites and advanced materials and manufacturing technology and process.

 

Other confirmed speakers include Retail Motor Industry COO, Jan Schoeman, Progressus platform manager Dr Harry Teiffel, South Africa Fraunhofer senior advisor Oliver Damm and former Director of the Centre for Polymer Technology Bernard Reeksting.

 

Co-ordinator Andy Radford of the Mandela Bay Composites Cluster said the speaker line-up is likely  to also include Toyota MD Andrew Kirby, the CSIR’s Director for Advanced Manufacturing Martin Sanne, Jendamark CEO, Quinton Uren and Dr Anton du Plessis of the University of Stellenbosch, among others.

 

The Show, which includes an exhibition, factory tour and Gala Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Awards and Banquet will take place at the iconic Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth with the support of the DTI and Mandela Bay Development Agency.

 

The Show, according to Radford, represents the largest gathering of Fourth Industrial Revolution roleplayers in Southern Africa.

 

It injected cash flows of R42,8m into the city’s business community in its inaugural edition, with Nelson Mandela Bay retaining host status for the second edition on November 27 and 28 this year.

 

The Show is hosted under the auspices of the DTI-supported, national Composites Cluster, in collaboration with government industry and academia.

 

Radford said the participation of over 3000 influential roleplayers positioned the inaugural Show as “Africa’s premier Initiative in the field  supporting  the triple helix model of innovation which involves interaction between academia, industry and governments, to foster economic and social development.”

 

Radford said plans announced by the AIDC EC to establish a globally inter-connected Smart Industrial Academy in the province, “attached to the prowess of global 4IR companies like Jendamark” positioned the Eastern Cape as a suitable host for the 2019 edition.

 

“The Advanced Manufacturing sector is highly fragmented in South Africa.  Many associations and industry bodies promote advanced manufacturing but generally there is a lack of integration and awareness of even our own capabilities, which are substantial,” Radford said.

 

“Over 100 exhibitors showcasing three-dimensional printing, lasers, automation, virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence,  drones and materials of the future are exciting tools to encourage a new generation of engineers and scientists but we need to expose them and industry to these technologies and there is no time to waste, ” Radford said.

 

The Show includes the exhibition, workshops, tech demos, factory tour, a drone demonstration and the National Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Awards.

 

For more information visit www.africanadvancedmanufacturingshow.co.za

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ANDY RADFORD
Managing Director – Mandela Bay Composites Cluster
[email protected]compositescluster.co.za
041 502 3713 or 072 375 3671

Mikrosam launches automation for production of hydrogen, CNG tanks

Mikrosam launches automation for production of hydrogen, CNG tanks

Mikrosam (Prilep, Macedonia) is launching new automation capabilities for filament winding of compressed hydrogen and compressed natural gas (CNG) tanks, and says it has been awarded a contract with JSC DPO Plastik (Dzerzhinsk, Russia) to deliver one of the largest production lines for the automotive industry. The line will include Mikrosam’s multi-spindle filament winding machines integrated with new automation units to produce more than 60,000 tanks annually.

As part of this contract, Mikrosam will deliver its multi-spindle filament winding machines for wet and tow-preg winding, which are said to enable fast and precise winding of glass and carbon fibers. These multi-spindle machines are designed to build tanks between 40- and 350-liter in capacity for storage of compressed hydrogen and compressed natural gas. They feature Mikrosam’s patented automated cut and restart system, double-drive carriage for high-speed and high-precision tow-preg winding, and an original shaft design for pressure vessels. This system is said to allow for programed and continuous control of pressure inside the tank liners during each layer of winding. Additionally, during wet winding the resin mixing, delivery to resin bath, and resin deposition on fibers is said to be finely controlled.

To achieve high scale and maximize equipment utilization, the production line features a dynamic load-balancing system said to ensure winding of four or more multi-spindle filament winding machines simultaneously. This dynamic load balancing reportedly provides higher overall utilization than simply having many filament winding machines on the floor. This automation is enhanced with Mikrosam equipment such as:

  • a liner preparation station,
  • a visual inspection and buffer station,
  • an automated resin mixing and delivery system,
  • a continuous curing oven,
  • a multi-robot handling system,
  • a cylinder drop-off station, and
  • a cylinder preparation station for testing purposes.

All units are fully integrated with a robot-based handling system and a Top-Level Control System (TCON). The robot-based handling units control and measure the weight of the tanks at each stage of the process, from plastic liner to post-curing. Mikrosam’s TCON software system collects details of process parameters at each step of production in a data warehouse, even collecting data from third-party auxiliary equipment such as blow molding and testing equipment. The software is said to integrate the data into the factory ERP to ensure traceability and quality improvement while giving customers unlimited reporting capabilities.

“After reviewing many competing offers, we are very happy to select Mikrosam as the best and most reliable supplier with proven productivity track record offering highest ROI on such scale,” says Irina Shevtsova, chairman, board of directors of JSC DPO Plastik. “[An] additional plus is that Mikrosam has excellent relationships with third parties whose equipment will be integrated. Our estimations show such integration can achieve lowest total cycle-time with maximum quality level, not just on filament winding equipment but on the complete production line.”

“This new line, with so many new innovative units, speaks to our leadership in composite manufacturing automation for growing new markets,” says Dimitar Bogdanoski, sales manager at Mikrosam DOO.

Source | Composites World

Arevo introduces 3D-printed carbon fiber unibody bike frame and rim

Arevo introduces 3D-printed carbon fiber unibody bike frame and rim

Arevo (Milpitas, Calif., U.S.) announced on Aug. 27 that it will display the world’s first 3D-printed carbon fiber unibody production bike frame at Eurobike 2019 next week in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Also on display will be Arevo’s 3D-printed thermoplastic rim, designed by Eurobike Gold Award-winning industrial designer Bill Stephens of StudioWest. The frame and rim will be displayed at the stand of Arevo’s manufacturing partner Oechsler AG (Ansbach, Germany).

The bicycle components were produced via the company’s “Arevo DNA” technology, which is an additive manufacturing (AM) process featuring patented software algorithms that are said to enable generative design techniques, free-motion robotics for “True 3D” construction, and direct energy deposition for virtually void-free construction optimized for anisotropic composite materials.

The company says its Arevo DNA AM process takes the design and final manufacture of a bike frame from 18 months to a few days, and with significantly reduced production costs. Other benefits are said to include:

  • the capability for serial, volume production of AM-made composite parts that are made with thermoplastic materials,
  • a fully automated, “lights out” production method to replace manual processes,
  • the ability for localized manufacturing or “on-shoring,” which creates greater independence for bike brands, and
  • freedom of design for bike manufacturers, creating the possibility for fully-customized bikes made on an on-demand basis.

“Arevo DNA offers a new paradigm for product designers, it forever changes how we can design and build anything,” says Stephens. “This technology allows us to push design boundaries in a way that was impossible until now. Arevo is changing the paradigm to ‘Manufacturing for Design’.”

At Eurobike 2019, Stephens will give a presentation, titled “3D Printing Carbon Fiber Frames for Production,” at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Arevo also is offering demonstration rides on an e-bike featuring this innovative frame and material, and will announce a new e-bike frame design and customer, who will display the new e-bike in the Eurobike exhibition hall.

 

Source | Composites World