ENGEL at JEC World 2016
The Austrian machine manufacturer ENGEL delivers machines from the ENGEL v-duo series and peripheral equipment from their own development such as robots and heating systems to customers worldwide as a single supplier for highly integrated and automated system solutions for the economical fabrication of components out of fibre-reinforced plastics.
ENGEL at JEC World 2016
Integrated system solutions make FRP processing economical
The Austrian machine manufacturer ENGEL delivers machines from the ENGEL v-duo series and peripheral equipment from their own development such as robots and heating systems to customers worldwide as a single supplier for highly integrated and automated system solutions for the economical fabrication of components out of fibre-reinforced plastics. During the JEC World from March 8th to 10th 2016 in Paris, France, ENGEL is showcasing sample parts, once again giving an impressive demonstration of its expertise for lightweight design and its growing spectrum of products, as well as presenting the new possibilities available in its Center for Lightweight Composite Technologies.
For ENGEL, this marks their third consecutive exhibit at the JEC show. "This trade fair is one of the most important networking events worldwide for the composites industry," emphasizes Peter Egger, Director of the ENGEL Center for Lightweight Composite Technologies in St. Valentin, Austria. "We meet in Paris with representatives of OEMs and processors as well as suppliers and can therefore generate interesting projects."
As an injection moulding machine manufacturer with great expertise in automation and system solutions, ENGEL provides important factors for the successful economical fabrication of FRP components in large batch numbers, and therefore established its own center for the interdisciplinary development of new composites processing technologies in 2012. Together with its customers and development partners from the industry and university research institutes, ENGEL has already set many milestones in automotive lightweight design in past years and has long become established as a preferred supplier for automobile companies and their international suppliers.
Automation and heating system included
"Injection moulding applications in automobile manufacturing have always been subject to a particularly high pressure concerning efficiency," as Egger points out. "Based on our decades of experience in this industry, we have developed the ENGEL v-duo machine series for processing composite materials. The result is a very compact, energy-efficient machine that allows for particularly cost-effective fabrication concepts." The vertical clamping unit can be accessed from all four sides instead of just two, which speeds up maintenance work and facilitates automation because handling devices can be integrated without taking up much space and have direct and unobstructed access to the mould area. The presses are delivered as desired either with or without injection unit. Thus their capacity can be utilized flexibly.
When ENGEL supplies both the machine and the robot, both components of the manufacturing cell access a common database and can coordinate their movement sequences, thus increasing the overall efficiency and also reducing the cycle times in many applications. The infrared-oven can also be completely integrated into the control unit of the machine and thus be operated with its consistent logic via the display on the machine. The heating system serves to heat semi-finished materials such as thermoplastic fabric and is one of the latest products that ENGEL has developed for processing fibre-reinforced composite materials and manufactures itself. Thanks to modern infrared technology, the ENGEL IR-ovens can perform quick heating processes very efficiently. As a quality-relevant parameter, the temperature is regulated and fully documented using contactless pyrometers.
Three new ENGEL v-duo machines for Europe and Mexico
ENGEL v-duo machines and the integrated system solutions are utilised above all for processing duroplastic moulding material such as SMC and for reactive technologies such as HP RTM, but also for processing semi-finished materials such as thermoplastic fabric and tape.
Around the turn of the year, ENGEL made its latest delivery of three ENGEL v-duo machines to customers in the lightweight design industry. All three are equipped with an integrated high-pressure metering system from ENGEL's partner Hennecke of St. Augustin, Germany. Two of the machines will remain in Europe, while the third, an ENGEL v-duo 1700 with a clamping force of 17,000 kN, was installed in Mexico.
Center for Lightweight Composite Technologies expands capacity
ENGEL is also currently commissioning a 17,000 kN machine for operation at its Center for Lightweight Composite Technologies. "We are thus expanding the capacity for our own development work, as well as for the projects of our customers," as Egger emphasises. "With the ENGEL v-duo 700 that is already in operation and the new ENGEL v-duo 1700, we can now cover an even broader spectrum of thermoplastic and duroplastic fibre-reinforced composite applications." The new production cell with injection unit, integrated ENGEL easix multi-axis robot and multi-component high-pressure metering system for reactive processing technology is optimally equipped for very diverse composite technologies. Of course, the new IR oven is also available for development and customer test projects.
"The demand for components that combine very high performance with very low weight continues to increase rapidly," says Peter Egger. "The biggest challenge is still the development of economical processes for the very large batch numbers that are characteristic for the automotive industry. Beyond that, we are also receiving growing numbers of inquiries from other areas, for example the entertainment electronics or sports equipment industries. Our interdisciplinary approach and the excellent collaboration between the Center for Lightweight Composite Technologies and the Teletronics and Technical Moulding business units also make ENGEL an ideal partner for these applications.”
ENGEL at JEC World 2016 in Paris: hall 5A, stand N54