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EMO 2017: inspiring ideas for lightweight construction

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2017-05-24

Enhanced dynamics with carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP): On 18-23 September, 2017, EMO Hannover 2017 provides inspiring ideas for lightweight construction. An innovative new solution will be shown by Aachen scientists of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT).

 - The Fraunhofer IPT examines how a machine component for vertical movements (Z-axis) made of carbon-fibre composites behaves in a machine tool and how the Z-Slide can be optimised
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The Fraunhofer IPT examines how a machine component for vertical movements (Z-axis) made of carbon-fibre composites behaves in a machine tool and how the Z-Slide can be optimised

The researchers in Aachen usually adopt a holistic approach to optimising designs. In other words: they consider the machine's design as a coherent whole, thus also including the development of important drive elements in the machine tool. They have currently joined forces with a machine tool manufacturer from Magdeburg to examine how an innovative machine component for vertical movements (Z-axis) made of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) behaves in a machine tool and how the Z-slide can be optimised. So what's involved here is roughly doubling the drive power. At the same time, using CFRP reduces the mass by around 60 per cent compared to an axle made of steel. "However, we're not aiming for any particular weight, we're targeting an optimum ratio between weight and mechanical strength," explains Filippos Tzanetos from the scientific staff of the Fraunhofer IPT.

Background EMO

From 18 to 23 September 2017, international manufacturers of production technology will be spotlighting "Connecting systems for intelligent production" at the EMO Hannover 2017. The world's premier trade fair for the metalworking industry will be showcasing the entire bandwidth of today's most sophisticated metalworking technology, which is the heart of every industrial production process. The fair will be presenting the latest machines, plus efficient technical solutions, product-supportive services, sustainability in the production process, and much, much more.

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