JEC World 2022 DAY 3: Using sensors to improve sustainability in composites manufacturing, design and life cycle

The composites industry has begun to prioritize sustainability, which demands not only reduction of waste but also reduced consumption of energy, water and raw materials. This roundtable features companies leading the way in developing sensors for more sustainable composites manufacturing and design, as well as possibilities for self-sensing and monitoring structures. Benefits include reduced cycle times, true visibility into the black box of processes, optimized parameters, closed-loop process control and feedback for improved designs and into ERP systems for more efficient scheduling of materials and personnel. Sensor technologies represented include dielectric, fiber optic/FBG, ultrasonic and non-contact magnetic microwire and electromagnetic sensors. All of these technologies can be used for resin flow and cure monitoring, and some have the potential for much more, including insight into pressure, temperature, load and strain, vibration, humidity, mixing, contamination, gelation, polymerization, crystallization, digital twins and more.

Eli VOET, Co-founder, Com&Sens
Nikos PANTELELIS, Director, Synthesites
Thomas SCHLECH, Group Leader Condition Monitoring, Institute of Materials Resource Management, University of Augsburg
Tuuli POTILA, Marketing Manager, ColloidTek Oy
Rastislav VARGA, Founder and CTO, RVmagnetics



JEC Group is the world's leading company dedicated entirely to the development of information and business connections channels and platforms supporting the growth and promotion of the composite materials industry. Publisher of the JEC Composites Magazine, the industry's reference magazine, JEC Group drives global innovation programs and organizes several events in the world, including JEC World (the foremost and world-leading international exhibition dedicated to composite materials and their applications), which takes place every year in Paris.