Mikrosam Launches Innovative Composite Manufacturing Automation for Production of Hydrogen and CNG Tanks

August 02 2019

Mikrosam is launching new automation capabilities for filament winding of compressed hydrogen (CHG) and compressed natural gas tanks (CNG) with a contract to deliver one of the largest production lines for the automotive industry. The complete line will include Mikrosam’s multi-spindle filament winding (FW) machines integrated with new innovative automation units to produce more than 60,000 tanks annually. This contract with JSC DPO Plastic is a result of a two-year intensive competitive design and bidding process.

Mikrosam will deliver to JSC DPO Plastik the latest and most advanced multi-spindle FW machines for wet and tow-preg winding featuring innovations for very fast and precise winding of glass and carbon fibers. These multi-spindle machines are designed to build various tanks between 40L and 350L capacity for storage of CNG and CHG. In addition, the FW equipment features a unique original shaft design for pressure vessels. This system allows for programmed and continuous control of pressure inside the tank liners during each layer of winding. These features ensure not only very fast, but also consistently very high quality of winding with optimal material usage for each produced tank.

The automation of the multiple FW machines is enhanced with equipment designed by Mikrosam:
• Liner preparation station
• Visual inspection and buffer station,
• Automated resin mixing and delivery system,
• Continuous curing oven,
• Multi-robot handling system
• Cylinder drop-off station, and
• Cylinder preparation station for testing purposes

Visit MIKROSAM at the following upcoming exhibitions:
• China Composites Expo, 3-5th September 2019, Shanghai, China, Booth: 2910, Hall 2
• Composites Europe. 10-12th September 2019, Stuttgart, Germany, Booth: A10, Hall 9
• CAMX, 24-26th September 2019, Anaheim, CA Booth: J78

For identifying growth opportunities in the Global CNG Tank Market, please visit
http://www.lucintel.com/cng-tank-market-2017-2022.aspx

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