LIQFRIC® starts prototype line
Serial parts up to 50k from July 2020 onwards.
LIQFRIC® compounds are coming closer to its serial use in the friction industry while being extensively tested with potential customers. As announced in December 2019 LF GmbH & Co. KG is currently building a demonstration line to provide the basis for future growth of the business. This prototype line will provide business partners and our internal material development team the basis for trial opportunities and the collection of unique experimental data based on serial manufacturing. This demonstration line which cannot be bought ready-made has passed its first important step, a mechanical and operational fitness-test, from March 11-13,2020.
Semi-automatic mold filling with LIQFRIC® | © liqfric.com
The cooperation of the valves and the scale and any other support operations were aligned. Although all steps were manually triggered and controlled to see all critical elements of the process functioning, a smooth operational process was achieved at the end. The next step will be the marriage of the microcontroller driven components and the hardware. The integration will commence in the next six weeks to complete the operational built-up of the manufacturing equipment.
Roman Milczarek head of R&D commented: “We are sure, after these results of bringing our new LIQFRIC-technology together with an automatic feeding and molding system, that we can start making serial parts – small size 5000 – 50000 per annum – from July 2020 onwards. This offers a unique opportunity for us and our prospectus customers alike. You know it is awesome when you see your material functioning in that new dimension of a serial manufacturing equipment”
Based on the initial learning curve from this operational experience, larger manufacturing units can be planed, and serial parts can be provided to our business partners, as well as any scale-up can start from here soon. The scale-up can be implemented via additional lines or growing the size of the equipment.
“LF GmbH & Co. KG has selected a number of strategic partners to develop their unique LIQFRIC-material concept based on the current and future strategic requirements including electromobility aspects,” said Roman Milczarek. “We are looking forward to providing the first parts of our unique technology to the market. We are very grateful to have several business partners supporting our concept of alternative friction materials.”
“We are aware of the Covid-19 crisis around the all of us and we are very sorry for the effect it has on all the people around us here and anywhere in the world, but we cannot allow this virus to hinder the progress of this technology. While protecting our employees and business partners from the spread of Covid-19 we will provide all that is necessary to make the progress with LIQFRIC® happen.” Roman stated at the end.
LF GmbH & Co. KG was founded in March 2016 in Leverkusen, Germany and follows the strategic thought to produce friction material based on an waterbased liquid compound, which can be cured at room temperature or faster at elevated temperature and provide high temperature stable friction materials for automotive, rail, clutch and industrial applications.
The company has established developmental projects and cooperation’s with some key players in the brake and clutch producing industry in Europe and most prominently in Germany.
During the most recent advisory board meeting the company has decided, due to the ongoing positive results of the projects with its unique LIQFRIC® technology, that an investment into the manufacturing capability of prototypes and small series products is needed.
The foundress of LF GmbH & Co. KG, U. Wittig, quoted: “Due to the strong interest expressed by several of our project partners, we have learned about the significant and increasing demand for our liquid friction technology. We strive to live up to the future demand with this investment.”
A manufacturing concept including a floor plan and a machine layout plan has been created for a prototype – or small series manufacturing line with a size-dependent annual capacity between 5.000 – 50.000 pieces of friction goods. The semi-automatic line will provide a variable capacity for the fields of application sampled so far. The line is targeted to become operational within the next 6-12 months.
“With this prototype line we will be able to demonstrate the capability of our alternative friction material concept in a serial manufacturing environment and expand the width of application as more potential volume will find its way to the LIQFRIC® material concept“ stated Roman Milczarek, director of R&D.
LF GmbH & Co. KG has selected a number of strategic partners to develop their LIQFRIC®-material concept based on the current and future strategic requirements including electromobility aspects. We are looking forward to 2020 which will become a breakthrough year for our company and the steady development of our core technology. We are very grateful to have several business partners supporting our concept of alternative friction materials.
LF GmbH & Co. KG was founded in March 2016 in Leverkusen, Germany and follows the strategic thought of producing friction material based on a two-component water-based liquid friction compound, that can be cured at room temperature (faster at elevated temperatures), and provides high-temperature stable friction materials for automotive, rail, clutch and industrial applications. The company has established developmental projects and cooperations with some key players in the brake – and clutch producing industry in Europe and most prominently in Germany.
Leverkusen, Germany – Development of sensor technology in brake pads for the user’s benefit is part of the platform strategy of LIQFRIC® – the first innovative brake-pad-from-liquid process pioneered by LF GmbH & Co. KG.
“We have met one of our most important development goals of 2019! We have embedded a RFID chip into a brake pad for the first time. Based on our LIQFRIC® technology for the manufacturing of friction materials from liquid phase, we have embedded a preprogrammed chip during the die-casting process into a friction pad and successfully read it out.”
LF GmbH & Co. KG, which is promoting its LIQFRIC approach to friction technology, was at EuroBrake 2019 updating its business plan and product offering, which focuses on applying friction material onto brakes and clutches in liquid form before curing.
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