AZL wins at JEC

At last month’s JEC World 2019 exhibition in Paris, AZL won the JEC Innovation Award 2019 in the ‘Industry & Equipment’ category with its ‘Ultra-Fast Consolidator Machine’.

The new machine is said to offer both high flexibility and mass production of tailored thermoplastic laminates with reduced scrap. Fully consolidated multi-layer laminates with different fibre directions can be produced in cycle times below 5 seconds. This capability is accomplished through a combination of laser-assisted tape placement with in-situ consolidation and a piece-flow principle, which has not been used previously in such a way within composite production.
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