Sabic to preview first digital composites manufacturing line at JEC World

Sabic will highlight the progress of its Digital Composites Manufacturing line, a reported breakthrough in automated digital systems for rapid, large-scale laminate manufacturing, via a 360-degree virtual reality experience at JEC World 2019 (Hall 6, stand P12). JEC World 2019 will run from March 12 to 14 in Paris, France.

The automated Digital Composites Manufacturing line developed by Sabic and its partners will reportedly help industrialize thermoplastic composite laminates, enabling broader adoption of this material across industries, such as consumer electronics, aerospace, and automotive.

The Digital Composites Manufacturing line, a partnership between Airborne and Sabic and enabled by Siemens and Kuka technologies, is one of the three finalists in the category “Industry & Engineering” at the 2019 JEC Innovation Awards. The winner will be announced at the JEC Innovation Awards ceremony, on Wednesday 13 March. According to Sabic, the system will help industrialize thermoplastic composite laminates, enabling broader adoption of this material across industries, such as consumer electronics, aerospace, automotive, sporting goods, healthcare, and mass transportation.

In conjunction with the Digital Composites Manufacturing line exhibit, Sabic will showcase its ultra-strong, lightweight Udmax tape, a unidirectional, fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite used in automated and manual laminating, as well as other manufacturing processes. These include stamping and pressing, thermoforming, and winding with or without injection overmolding. To demonstrate this processing versatility, the company will display diverse Udmax tape applications from the automotive, consumer products and industrial sectors.

One noteworthy application to be featured at the Sabic stand is a laminated bulkhead from a commercial vehicle. This part incorporates Udmax GPP tape within the structure to reduce weight by 30 percent vs. metal while improving processing efficiency and lowering tooling costs.

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