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Weaving Technology based Automated Production Processes in the Composite Industry (We TAP IN)

Objective

The Weaving Technology based Automated Production Processes in the Composite Industry (We TAP IN) project aims at a commercial validation of high quality unidirectional glassfiber / polymer composite tape mass production technology and commercialization.

Industry development
The composite industry is a fast growing and widely expanding industry. The majority of all commercial composite product are based on thermosets. Thermosets can not be separated in the original fiber and matrix materials. Hence reuse or recycling is hardly possible. Within a few years the lack of recyclability imposes an undesired situation.
Problem
Mass production is required to server high volume commodity products and markets. Mass production require advanced automated production processes which requires thermoplastic tapes as semi-finished product. Current thermoplastic tapes are of limited quality, hampering the shift towards increased recyclability.
Intended Innovation
Years of involvement in the industry and the development of thermoplastic unidirectional tapes production processes resulted in an improved production method. The production method is based on an industry knowledge cross-over. The realization of a full scale mass production facility will be realized with an incumbent textile manufacturer, by means of a joint venture.
Benefit
Once commercial available, the innovation contributes to a increased recyclability of new composite products. The use of high quality thermoplastic tapes will reduce weight in several products of high volume markets. The realized weight reduction of the products will result in a decrease of CO2 emission during the transportation and during the lifetime of products.
Effect
The innovation bridges the gab between, low cost medium quality raw materials and advanced automated production processes. As a result high volume market can be targeted and a contribution can be realized on a knowledge intensive manufacturing base in Western Europe.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/automotive engineering
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/fibers
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites/carbon fiber
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/textiles
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

H2020-SMEINST-1-2015
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Funding Scheme

SME-1 - SME instrument phase 1

Coordinator

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS ENGINEERS B.V.
Address
Ijzergietersweg 1
1786 RD Den Helder
Netherlands
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 50 000