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NEWS successful partners

"A major milestone to digitize and automate
large-scale composites manufacturing"

Gino Francato
Global Business Leader
Advanced Composites
Sabic

JEC Composites Magazine: You
presented a major innovation
at JEC World 2019. Can you tell
us more?

Gino Francato: Sabic is
celebrating a major milestone
for its ground-breaking Digital
Composites Manufacturing line.
The company, in collaboration
with Airborne and powered by
Siemens and Kuka technologies, successfully completed the
pilot phase of the world's first
automated digital system for
rapid, large-scale laminate manufacturing using Sabic's continuous fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composite tape.
The Digital Composites Manufacturing line was nominated for
the 2019 JEC Innovation Awards
in the Industry & Engineering
category.

Sabic highlighted, in collaboration with Airborne, its Digital Composites
Manufacturing line through a 360-degree virtual reality experience at the 2019
JEC World.
JEC Composites Magazine asked Gino Francato about this innovation.

Plans for the new system were
originally announced at JEC
World 2018 and today, Sabic
and Airborne are beginning the
transition to full-scale production, which is slated for the end
of 2019.
What are the strengths of this
new line?

G.F.: The new automated
digital manufacturing system
was built at Airborne's facility in the Netherlands. It is capable of producing four thermoplastic composite laminates
every 60 seconds, totalling up
to 1.5 million parts annually.
Potential applications include
cases and covers for consumer electronics, aircraft inserts,
automotive components and
sporting goods.
How will this innovation make
the difference for your potential
customers?

G.F.: Composites offer amaz-

Sabic and Airborne are beginning the
transition to full-scale production

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ing properties found in no other materials, such as extreme
strength and ultra-low weight
for diverse applications ranging from wind turbine blades
to sporting goods.
Until now, however, their adoption has been restricted because of time-consuming, inefficient and expensive processes.
By focusing on new materials

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and manufacturing automation
to overcome these hurdles, the
industry will make tremendous
strides; and it is precisely efforts such as our collaboration
with Airborne that are helping
to make the industrialization of
composites a reality.
The good thing about this collaboration is that we are working closely together with
Airborne, so the material development, automation technology development and product
development go hand in hand.
With such a holistic approach,
we can create real breakthroughs in cost efficiency for
mass volume applications.
The industrialization of laminate production using the
new Digital Composite Manufacturing line will enable customers in diverse industries
to mass-produce high-performance thermoplastic composite parts, gaining advantages
such as faster speed, higher efficiency and lower costs.
Is the digitization of production
becoming a reality?

G.F.: The Digital Composites

Manufacturing line uses cutting-edge digital technologies,
including robotics, to enable
the mass customization of flat
laminates while reducing cycle
times and costs. The highly so-

phisticated, fully digital system
can run multiple laminate sizes
simultaneously.
Adaptive process controls allow the settings to be modified
almost immediately. Machine
learning and artificial intelligence will be used to achieve
continuous yield improvements over time, maximize
quality and repurpose irregular
parts to minimize scrap.
Do you provide additional services to support your customers
in this transition?

G.F.: To support and enhance

these capabilities, Sabic will offer customers a range of services including simulation-based
part and laminate design assistance and guidance on hybrid
moulding processes in order to
streamline the switch to composites. The company can customize its composite tapes and
laminate products to meet customer requirements.
Importantly, Sabic can leverage its wealth of experience
in injection moulding to help
customers mitigate warpage,
a common issue, by making
modifications to part design,
materials selection, and processing.

"

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interview

More information:
www.Sabic.com


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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019

Cover
Edito
Moving composites forward: on the shoulders of giant
Contents
NEWS
In brief
Successful partners
Agenda
BUSINESS
Matrix - CFRP composite manufacturing trends
Cost - A brand-new approach for economically competitive composites
MANUFACTURING
Fibre placement - Replacing individual unit tests by integrated process control
NDT - Optical metrology improves the production of composite products at every step
Initiative - Spotlights from the world of lightweighting
FEATURE SPORTS & LEISURE - The largest testing ground
Success story - DPS designs the world’s most advanced skis
Carbon - New type of unidirectional prepreg for sport applications with complex shapes
Additive manufacturing - lnnovative composite bicycle frame
Textile - Porcher lndustries: excellence in sports and leisure
Innovations - Sports on the scene at JEC World 2019
Carbon - The next generation of high-performance rigging
Standardisation - Research, innovation and development for composite marine and offshore applications
SOLUTIONS
Infrastructure - Can carbon-reinforced concrete replace steel in the long run?
Art - “Train your brain, think disruptive, outside the box and follow your visions!”
Music - Music instruments from carbon, glass or flax fibres
Watch - A watch ahead of its time
In the world - Composites visit the doctor
TECHNOLOGY
Ageing - Effects of ageing on the mechanical and structural properties of glass/epoxy composite pipes in seawater
Inside the lab - Advanced Composites Research Group – Queen’s University Belfast
Index
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Cover
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Edito
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Moving composites forward: on the shoulders of giant
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Contents
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - In brief
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Successful partners
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Agenda
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Matrix - CFRP composite manufacturing trends
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 14
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Cost - A brand-new approach for economically competitive composites
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Fibre placement - Replacing individual unit tests by integrated process control
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - NDT - Optical metrology improves the production of composite products at every step
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Initiative - Spotlights from the world of lightweighting
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 26
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Success story - DPS designs the world’s most advanced skis
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 28
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Carbon - New type of unidirectional prepreg for sport applications with complex shapes
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 30
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Additive manufacturing - lnnovative composite bicycle frame
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 32
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Textile - Porcher lndustries: excellence in sports and leisure
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 34
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 35
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Innovations - Sports on the scene at JEC World 2019
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 37
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Carbon - The next generation of high-performance rigging
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 39
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Standardisation - Research, innovation and development for composite marine and offshore applications
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 41
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 42
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Infrastructure - Can carbon-reinforced concrete replace steel in the long run?
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 44
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 45
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 46
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Art - “Train your brain, think disruptive, outside the box and follow your visions!”
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 48
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Music - Music instruments from carbon, glass or flax fibres
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 50
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 51
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Watch - A watch ahead of its time
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 53
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - In the world - Composites visit the doctor
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 55
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Ageing - Effects of ageing on the mechanical and structural properties of glass/epoxy composite pipes in seawater
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Inside the lab - Advanced Composites Research Group – Queen’s University Belfast
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