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Herford, September 2020
The moment we had all been waiting for finally came in April 2020: our largest and most expensive cutting machine to date (weighing in at 11 tonnes) was finally delivered after a year in the making. The total investment for this new piece of kit came in at almost 1 million euros. With as many as four installers from Remscheid-based machine manufacturers ROBUST Habicht & Heuser working on the system, it was put together in no time at all, allowing us to process the first trial orders successfully just a short time later.
The great thing about it for us is that the rolls supplied to us by the customer can weigh up to 4 tonnes, and the finished rolls (with the possibility of cutting up to 33 simultaneously) are handled by the machine in a fully-automated process that is both efficient and gentle. It also goes without saying that the winding and cutting quality is equally excellent – just as it is on all of our other machines. We can also use it purely for re-rolling purposes – that is, without using the cutting blades – and the finished individual rolls can weigh up to 700 kg.
This new piece of kit represents yet another jewel in the crown at our state-of-the-art facility, which is now home to 16 cutting and re-rolling machines capable of fulfilling virtually all of our customers’ requirements.
The aim of the project is to develop an innovative new recycling process for tapes, which would offer a new type of ‘deep-drawable’ tape for thermoforming. The project also involves developing a material map and simulation solutions for process and component behaviour in a bid to control the changed forming and material behaviour in this context and really maximise efficiency.
The starting point for the project is carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) tape. These offer extremely high mechanical properties at very low density; however, they require a huge amount of energy to produce and are therefore incredibly expensive. The way these tapes are currently processed, additional waste rates of an average of 30% are generated and there is no genuinely economical recycling option available.
We are experts in the field of material customisation and a leading provider of custom cutting solutions for high-value and difficult-to-process materials, which is where a large part of the waste is produced. In the project, we will apply our existing expertise in material handling to begin developing a recycling system for the very first time, working closely with M-TEC and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology.