Engel Deutschland GmbH in cooperation with the ENGEL Centre for Lightweight Composite Technologies in Austria will install a 2-component injection molding system at the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) of RWTH Aachen University. The installation of the new machine will be completed in 2019.
The new equipment will be used for new research and development initiatives to explore the more efficient use of materials, the key to the mass production of lightweight components. The research will focus on multi-material systems, continuous processes, process chains as well as self-optimizing processes. The ENGEL injection molding system will help in developing the innovative combinations of already established fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP) processes and the new individual processes to increase resource efficiency in lightweight production.
Dr.-Ing. Michael Emonts, Managing Director of the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL), said, “This new injection molding system offers us as specialists for lightweight production technology in cooperation with the injection molding experts of the Institute of Plastics Processing – the IKV – the opportunity to establish hybrid processes for industrial lightweight applications. The system will expand our existing machinery in the AZL Technical Center and will be available as an important platform for lightweight production research at RWTH Aachen University.”
Dr. Stefan Engle, said, “The AZL provides great conditions for industry-related research activities in the field of lightweight composites as it is characterized by a strong interdisciplinary approach. It benefits from the great infrastructure and the collaboration with well-known institutes of the RTWH Aachen University. ENGEL is looking forward to working together with the AZL on developing efficient lightweight composite mass production processes.”