The research consortium, led by the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production and the Institute for Plastics Processing at RWTH Aachen University, will present its results at K 2019. Tape inserts reportedly offer significant potential for injection molding parts, according to the results of a recent project conducted by a consortium led by the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL, Aachen, Germany) and the Institute for Plastics Processing at RWTH Aachen University (IKV, Aachen). In cooperation with 20 industrial partners, AZL and IKV carried out a detailed analysis of tape inserts in injection molded components over a period of eight months. The tapes, which are a few tenths of a millimeter thick, are continuous fibers, typically made of glass or carbon, completely impregnated and embedded in a thermoplastic matrix. The tapes can be precisely aligned to the loads in a component and are used primarily in high-performance applications with the aim of weight reduction. The aim of the conducted analysis was the identification of potential applications and the estimation of a wider range of applications. The project was divided into several phases: Ph...