Textechno GmbH, a manufacturer of measuring and testing equipment, has received a DIN innovation award for the DIN SPEC 8100 standard and its Drapetest test equipment, which can evaluate composite woven and non-crimp fabrics.

The DIN SPEC 8100 standard, ‘Automated drapability testing for woven and non-crimp fabrics used in continuous fiber reinforced plastics’ was developed and implemented by Textechno in cooperation with DIN, Saertex, the Fiber Institute Bremen, Groz-Beckert and the Forschungsgesellschaft Textiltechnik Albstadt (FTA).

In the automated production of carbon or glass fiber-based woven and non-crimp fabrics for the aerospace or automotive industry, a major problem consists in undetected errors as they occur during the three dimensional deformation for the final component (draping). The method described in DIN SPEC uses, among other things, a high-resolution camera in conjunction with an image analysis to detect imperfections while draping.

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