Thermoplastic composite as ultralight production material
The car industry, also referred to as the automotive industry, already has a rich history of development. Even so, according to experts, the automotive sector now faces the largest challenge ever.
Passenger vehicles increasingly incorporate new technologies and heavy battery packs. This has increased the weight of the vehicles in the recent years. The automotive industry, as well as aerospace, are feverishly looking for alternative, lighter materials to encounter this trend.
Carbon or glass fibre reinforced UD tape is increasingly being adopted by different industries. Thermoplastic composite layers of UD tape, placed in various directions, result in a very strong material composition that is also extremely light. Consequently, the material is ideal for aerospace and automotive applications.
Automated tape laying
The increased application of thermoplastic UD tapes will also stimulate the need for efficient processing machinery. Boikon developed an ATL machine, which is capable of high volume production of thermoplastic composite products. The Falko ATL produces semi-finished laminates build up from UD tape rolls. The semi-finished laminates are ready for consolidation.