Data analysis for chained processes of natural fibre composites and data-based process control for component shaping of natural fibre composites with Strucnamics Engineering GmbH.
In the DatProNat SME project, the company Strucnamics Engineering GmbH, based in Dresden, is developing an analysis system that can be used to examine and optimize manufacturing processes in the production of natural fiber-reinforced plastic components. The analysis system is intended to improve particularly sensitive manufacturing steps such as molding. The work is being led by Dipl.-Ing. Christian Prescher.
However, the abstract measured values collected in the various LaNDER³ projects must be converted into readable process data in order to optimize the manufacturing processes. Software solutions currently available on the market are generally not designed to be flexible enough for this task.
In the DatProNat project, Strucnamics Engineering GmbH, as a LaNDER³ economic partner, aims to develop software that processes and visualizes the measurement data from networked production processes of natural fibre composites accordingly. In a first step, the project team will determine the requirements for data volume and performance, interfaces, evaluation and visualization technologies, and the linking of process data. It will also analyze how the speed of data acquisition and processing affects the molding processes for the components. In further work packages, the software will then be designed and an additional module for intelligent process control will be created by the team. As part of a development process that is as agile as possible, the newly developed parts of the application will be tested and evaluated during the course of the project.
Questions for Christian Prescher, co-founder and product developer Strucnamics Engineering GmbH, Dresden.
Your company has been a LaNDER³ partner since the beginning of 2017 and a funding recipient (SME project) since 2019. In which projects are you involved and how?
Strucnamis has developed a special software for quality control during the curing processes of composite materials. With our involvement in LaNDER³, we want to further develop this software. The aim is not just to monitor this one particular process using software, but to include other processes in the manufacture of composites. The topic of natural fibre composites is particularly interesting for us, as we see a sustainable future for composites technology in this area.
What are the advantages of participating in LaNDER³?
As a project partner, we can try out new things and expand our know-how without cost pressure. In the project, we have direct access to state-of-the-art plant technology that is otherwise not available to us in this form. In addition, the research subject offers us the chance to jump on new, promising technologies. Because we are convinced that, thanks to LaNDER³, natural fibre composites will develop from a niche product for the automotive industry into a leading material in the plastics processing industry.
(Text: Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft e.V./Technopolis Group Germany, source: www.forschung-fachhochschulen.de)