A collaborative robot (cobot) including tools for semi-automated draping of reinforcement textiles will be presented by the ITA at the JEC World 2022 in Paris/France from May 3-5, 2022. The cobot is used without additional safety measures such as protective fences or light barriers thanks to integrated sensor technology. It can thus collaborate directly with humans.
The Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University (ITA), Aachen/Germany, has developed tools that allow joint draping of textiles by humans and cobots. In addition to increasing draping quality and reproducibility, the focus in development was on occupational safety.
Other advantages of this new type of robot-assisted draping are that cobots are inexpensive to procure and easy to program. This results in great flexibility in manufacturing and the possibility to produce small to medium quantities in an automated way.
Another ITA exhibit is a demonstrator for mobile hydrogen storage in the form of a Type-4 pressure vessel made of fiber-reinforced composites (FRP). It is based on a specially developed liner concept and was manufactured using the multi-filament winding process with towpregs. The exhibit is additionally equipped with fiber optic sensors for strain and temperature monitoring.