future-oriented technology and mobility solutions
For CP autosport Advanced Engineering means creating new ideas, which comply with, extend or support our business into gainful and sustainable real life applications – hand in hand with environmental and safety considerations. That applies for all fields of our activity and envelopes the company as a whole. So we always have our fingers on the pulse of time and are continuously monitoring and exploring potential new technologies, products and markets.
How we act
To put that into practice we are closely networking with technologically leading partners. Those are universities, research institutes and industrial companies (e.g. RWTH Aachen. FHG or Benteler). This cooperation is often based on scientific theses or specific projects that are privately or publicly funded. Above that we are always very open for new ideas and new partners that are keen on putting things into real life application alike ourselves as long as that all is economically reasonable. We look at that as a fundamental approach for CP autosport, to keep up and continuously strengthen our competitiveness and to ensure our long term viability.
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Our internal Research & Development department is an essential element for the realization of our strategic approach. Beside customer triggered development, we develop our own products and coordinate our network research activities. Results from network-research can easily be adopted and further developed into derived own products and services. Our main focus lies on production technologies and chassis suspensions; research is also done in areas such as vehicle dynamics, alternative powertrain technologies, new materials.
Case StudyIt’s inexpensive, eco-friendly and extraordinarily flexible: the RWTH StreetScooter. This is the name of a family of electric vehicles that will be produced specifically for city use.
Research Projects – Production Technology
The EU project QuickPro, coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT) in Aachen, deals with milling processes for components with a complex geometry and difficult-to-machine materials. In cooperation with tool manufacturers and other international companies as well as research institutes, the particular emphasis is to find a quicker way to determine and present appropriate tools and coating technologies plus the associated process strategies. By applying the technologies and procedures developed in this project, CP autosport is able to fulfill customer needs regarding complex components faster and on short notice.
Running Time: 01 September 2011 – 31 December 2013
- GAMMA HSC
In this project, worked on in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT) in Aachen, a completely new technology is being developed and put into practice by using a parabolic mill which will achieve a significant increase in process efficiency. The approach is based on a geometry-adapted tool technology for the simultaneous 5-axis high-speed milling. This enables CP autosport to create better component surface characteristics, and at the same time, radically reduces production times.
Running Time: 01 May 2011 – 30 April 2013
The Kobold project is funded by European partners as part of EU-MANUNET. The aim is to integrate three measurement technologies into an existing milling machine in order to understand the actual progress of the milling process in detail, to detect deviations and, from this, to derive optimized milling paths and milling parameters. The goal of CP autosport is to enhance its know-how of expertise in high-speed milling processes and thus make it possible to develop and produce new innovative products that have a higher component precision than in the existing machinery.
Running Time: 01 May 2012 – 30 April 2015
The goal of the project CFK-Mikro is to develop and process an innovative UD continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic microsensor tape. For this first time ever, this will make it possible to integrate sensors automatically and energy and resource efficiently into thermoplastic components, where occurring overloads can be detected by a contact-free meter. The reliability and performance of the microsensor tape is validated with the help of two different specially manufactured demo components that were deliberately exposed to component overloads on test benches at CP autosport.
Running Time: 01 August 2012 – 31 July 2014
The „fourth industrial Revolution“ is shaped by digital interaction. To provide the best possible circumstances for facing all challenges which comes with Industry 4.0, productive companies do need high flexible, connected and adaptable production machinery. During the research project “FixTronic” CP autosport – amongst its partners from the area of research (Fraunhofer IPT, Fraunhofer IEM) and from an industrial background (Innoclamp GmbH, WBA Aachener Werkzeugbau Akademie GmbH) is currently developing a mechatronic clamping system. The system is characterized by an active vibration reduction. Through this innovation all necessary circumstances are given to let companies face the industry 4.0 in the most successful way.
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Running Time: : 01 July 2016 31 June 2018
Research Projects – Vehicle Technology
- EMOBIL MODULES
Initiated and coordinated by the Laboratory for Machine Tools at RWTH Aachen, the eMobil Module network includes more than ten companies – including Siemens AG and Manz AG – and university institutes. The aim is to develop competitive ideas and modular system solutions for electric mobility. This ultimately strengthens the position of all participants in the global environment of electric mobility. The combined expertise gained through cooperation with the network partners enables CP autosport to access the e-mobility sector for joint acquisitions of larger and more complex projects.
Running Time: 2009 – 2011
As part of the network project "eMoSys", which is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, CP autosport together with the StreetScooter GmbH and the Institute of Automotive Engineering of RWTH Aachen (ika), develops and builds a mobile test platform where drive- and chassis systems for electric vehicles can be tested: an important building block for the future trend of e-mobility. Thereby CP autosport expands the expertise in the areas of chassis and complete vehicle competence.
Running Time: 01 July 2011 – 30 June 2014
Together with various institutes at RWTH Aachen as well as FEV and StreetScooter GmbH, the collaborative project Mas:Stab is exploring a modular, scalable powertrain for electric vehicles of the future. This particularly involves analyzing the requirements on the dynamics of the machine controls in a prototype twin-motor single-wheel drive and developing possible controls (torque vector functions) for the driving dynamics of the dual drive. For CP autosport, the goals of participating in this project are to research, development and test a prototype suspension system designed specifically for electric vehicles that have single-wheel drive.
Running Time: 01. January 2013 – 31 December 2015
- StrInnoCar (Strategy for Innovative Car Concepts)
StrInnoCar is a joint research project in collaboration with the Institute for Production Technology of RWTH Aachen University, the Electric Vehicle Institute at the University of Bochum, the Department of Chassis Engineering at FH Aachen, Brabus GmbH and StreetScooter GmbH. The goal is to develop a new concept for innovative vehicle development and production. This concept will help small and medium enterprises bring new drive technologies and newly developed vehicles to series production with low investment costs and a wide range of partners who all focus on their core business and thus on their core competencies. This will open the opportunity for small and medium enterprises in NRW, each with its own different area of competence, to be actively involved in automobile production through SME networks, thereby securing sustainable know-how, economic success and jobs in the region.
Running Time: 01 January 2012 – 31 December 2013
In the project ProSerie, CP autosport collaborates with seven industrial partners and three university institutes to address this question: How can existing approaches for modularity, scalability and universality in tools and devices be utilized in order to enable the industrialization of low production volumes between 1000 and 20,000 vehicles per year and make this economically competitive? To answer this question, the project is researching the targeted application of intelligent tool and device concepts that can be adapted to their dynamic environment. A particular focus of the project is to develop marketable solutions whose applications are proven through constructed prototypes and demo vehicles. This also involves choosing the right technology and developing a suitable production strategy for the envisioned start-up scenarios and quantity scenarios.
Running Time: 01 November 2012 – 30 April 2015