Top view of the integrated working cell TPZ with a robot on a linear axis parallel to the hot press in the research facility of the Center for Lightweight Production Technology
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View of the thermoplastic cell during the fully automated patch-preforming process for the placement of a fuselage skin segment
Top shot of the fully automated patch-preforming process with camera-based ply detection of net-shape the cut pieces
Reorientation of the end-effector for the gripping, handling and fixing of the detected cut piece
End-effector for continuous ultrasonic welding mounted to the robot
Robot-based ultrasonic welding of a thermoplastic rear pressure bulkhead for the next generation aircraft
The DLR Center for Lightweight Production Technology in Augsburg features an integrated robotic work cell - the so-called TPZ - for the investigation of fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composite production technologies.
A diverse range of processes - from preforming to joining - can be investigated along the process chain using a temperature-resistant robot on a 5 m long linear axis. High-rate processes in combination with a hot press (4,400 kN press force / heating temperature up to 450°C) can also be demonstrated here.