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AZL, the network for Integrative Lightweight Production Technology in Aachen, Germany, representing already 9 research institutes on the Campus of RWTH Aachen University which are active in various related fields, announces the launch of their new department for Joining Technology, as of beginning of 2015.
Dr. Michael Emonts, CEO of the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) at RWTH Aachen University explains the reason for this decision: "We and our partners see Joining as an important enabling technology for the successful and sustainable realization of cost-efficient and high-quality multi-material systems based on fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP) to achieve the full use of their outstanding lightweight properties.To emphasize this, AZL of RWTH Aachen University just founded the new Joining Technology department with Prof. Dr. Uwe Reisgen as its head of Department and Alexander Schiebahn as Chief Engineer. With this new department, we are happy to complete our full lightweight production service in material science and production technology which we offer to our customers.“The joining of different materials with deferring properties or requirements represents a wellknown challenge in the industry due to the eventual arising weaknesses in this specific area of a part. At the same time, this is exactly where the potential for advanced material properties at decreased costs lies. The major aim of the new AZL department is the development of joining technologies which will fit to the material-specific properties of e.g. FRP-Metal combinations on the one hand and the integration of these technologies in the process chain on the other hand.