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SGL Group presents latest product development

News International-French

14 Sep 2011

The carbon fiber specialist introcudes a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) spindle carrier, developed in cooperation with the engineering company Roschiwal + Partner GmbH.

The lightweight construction consists of several carbon fiber layers of multiaxial and unidirectional carbon prepregs on the basis of Sigrafil® C carbon fiber (50k) of SGL Group. This reduces the component weight of 185 kilograms of a cast iron spindle carrier to 50 kilograms of a ready-to-use CFRP spindle carrier.


The advantages of this drastic weight reduction are evident: The drives achieve better acceleration and deceleration values compared to the heavy components while maintaining the same performance, which reduces processing time and thus also production costs. A corresponding minimization of the drives in performance and installation dimensions reduces the energy and material requirement and can hence make a considerable contribution to the concept of a "green machine".


The CFRP spindle carrier consists of a rectangular CFRP profile with a hard foam core. Using load adapted fiber directions and special CFRP internal layers an extreme torsional and flexural stiff component has been created. The entire construction is patent registered and stands for the innovative power of the German machine tool industry.



About Roschiwal + Partner
With its innovative and creative ideas in highly technological machine engineering, the engineering company Roschiwal + Partner Ingenieur GmbH, founded in Augsburg in 1984, has made a name for itself as an external service providing company. Today, about 100 employees develop and build innovations for the production, manufacturing and assembly technology fields at the Augsburg and Berlin locations as well as at the subsidiaries in Romania. The specialist departments of the company stretch from the development of production machines over product development through to small mechatronic appliances



About SGL Group
SGL Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of carbon-based products. It has a comprehensive portfolio ranging from carbon and graphite products to carbon fibers and composites. SGL Group’s core competencies are its expertise in high-temperature technology as well as its applications and engineering know-how gained over many years. These competencies enable the Company to make full use of its broad material base. SGL Group’s carbon-based materials combine several unique properties such as electrical and thermal conductivity, heat and corrosion resistance as well as high mechanical strength combined with low weight. Due to the paradigm shift in the use of materials, there is a growing demand for SGL Group’s high-performance materials and products from an increasing number of industries. Products from SGL Group are used predominantly in the steel, aluminum, automotive, chemical and glass/ceramics industries. However, manufacturers in the semiconductor, battery, solar/wind energy, environmental protection, aerospace and defense industries as well as in the nuclear energy industry also figure among the Company’s customers.
With 45 production sites in Europe, North America and Asia as well as a service network covering more than 100 countries, SGL Group is a company with a global presence. In 2010, the Company’s workforce of around 6,300 generated sales of €1,382 million. The Company’s head office is located in Wiesbaden/Germany.


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