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Automation of Composite Production: A low cost flexible integrated composite process

Start Date 28 June 2017 Add to my calendar
End Date 28 June 2017
Time 4.30pm - 7.30pm
Members $35 each
Non members $55 each
Full time students $25 each

Event overview

In his first public lecture in Australia, Peter will provide an overview of ARENA2036 and the Industry 4.0 related activities at the University of Stuttgart.  He will present “LOWFLIP” ( which is a significant research project in developing a low cost flexible integrated and automated composite parts manufacturing process The LOWFLIP program aims to reduce the high capital investments required for making components for automotive and transport applications thereby opening this market up to SME’s.

This project was supported by the European Commission under the FP7 program and involves two universities (University of Stuttgart and TECNALIA), seven industrial partners including two SMEs, (SGL, Carbures, Aernnova, Kogel, Alpex, Fill and Mecas Esi) and a consultancy (Alma).

ARENA 2036 is a unique industry on campus model where science and industry work together to revolutionize automotive manufacturing.  Line-based production as we know it will be replaced by versatile production and made possible by highly modular production concepts and human/robot partnerships.

The presentation will be followed by a tour of Swinburne’s advanced manufacturing technologies, refreshments and networking.

About the presenter – Professor Peter Middendorf – Director of the Institute for Aircraft Design –  University of Stuttgart

Professor Dr.-Ing. Middendorf is a world-recognised expert on aerospace structures and composites materials and has an extensive track record of delivering projects with enormously successful outcomes for industry.  He was a co-founder of ARENA2036 “Active Research Environment for the Next Generation of Automobiles” with industry partners including Daimler, Siemens, Bosch, Pilz, BASF, DLR and Festo.  Prior to his appointment at the University of Stuttgart in 2012, he was the Director of Research & Innovation at EADS helicopter division Eurocopter Germany and, between 2008-2010, led EADS Innovation Works projects on multi-functional (composite) structures and system integration for aerospace applications.

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