Students at TPAC

In 2024 a number of students have started their internship or graduation assignment at TPAC. Currently we have interns varying from Mechatronics, Mechanical Engineer to Industrial Design, either from Saxion, ROC Twente or the University of Twente. From left to right: Stijn Baars, Manu Warnet, Tim van Berloo, Mika van der Schaaf and Daan van der Zalm. [...]

April 10th, 2024|

TPAC is celebrating its 10th anniversary

Over the past period, we have been working hard on expanding our laboratory, resulting in a significant increase in lab facilities and the installation of multiple industry-sized machines. This development allows TPAC to better serve its role as an R&D partner for businesses and its role in education! Additionally, TPAC is celebrating its 10th (!!) anniversary this year. [...]

November 1st, 2023|

Expansion TPAC laboratory

In recent weeks, the expansion of TPAC's laboratory has been in full swing. We've relocated machinery from our original laboratory to create space for new, industry-sized equipment that is already eagerly waiting to be employed! The lab's floor has been reinforced to accommodate a delivery: of a KUKA robotic arm with an impressive 4.8m range. Paired with [...]

September 25th, 2023|

Finalization project: Post-use Plastic Foil solutions

This project contributes to the objectives of the European Green Deal. The plastics recycling industry still has a long way to go to become fully circular. Many companies share problems in different variations. Used foils and thin-walled plastics (Post-use Plastic Foil or PPF) are a substantial obstacle to the circular economy, as they represent a large share of [...]

July 18th, 2023|

TPAC laboratory expansion (update)

Our new laboratory space (290 square meter) is almost finished. This will allow TPAC to move its labscale- and test-equipment to the new lab space, reserving the current lab space for industrial equipment, allowing for trials closer to industrial reality. The new laboratory space will be operational in September. Furthermore,  a Kuka robot with a CEAD extruder [...]

July 17th, 2023|

New employees at TPAC

The last period, a large group of new employees has joined our TPAC team. We would like to use this moment to introduce all of them. From left to right: Wallison da Silva Bezerra, Martijn Jannink, Peter Verschut, Ibrahim Can Kaymaz, Allard Braakhuis and Özgür Seydibeyoğlu Wallison da Silva Bezerra Graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the [...]

July 14th, 2023|

The sustainable promise of lightweight composites

Auteur: Jos Eertink            Photography: Thomas Busschers            Date: 4 July 2022            Source: Saxion News At Saxion’s Lightweight Structures research group (better known as TPAC- ThermoPlastic composites Application Center), flax fibres form the basis for sustainable sheet material, and composite tapes made of recycled plastic [...]

July 10th, 2023|

TPAC presents

On 17th November, our colleague Ferrie van Hattum presented at the AZL GmbH Hybrid Thermoplastic Composites Workgroup Meeting in Aachen, Germany, on TPAC’s progress on recycling of thermoplastic composites and biobased thermoplastic composites. In the meetings, professionals from research and industry meet, present and discuss their latest developments. Earlier, on 7th October, TPAC was also invited to [...]

December 14th, 2022|

Fibre reinforced extrusion

In the Post-Use Plastic Foil solutions project we develop low-cost techniques to reprocess thin-walled waste plastics from local waste sources into products. Heavily polluted plastics, such as post-consumer packaging, often have lower mechanical properties, as separating and cleaning of the various plastics involved is difficult and expensive. One option is to reinforce the material with glass fibres: [...]

December 14th, 2022|

CTCP – Circular Thermoplastic Composite Production

In the project "CTCP - Circular Thermoplastic Composite Production", 6 SMEs and 2 Universities of Applied Sciences carried out R&D on the circularity of thermoplastic composites. The project, financed by Regieorgaan SIA, part of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) through a RAAK-MKB subsidy,  was successfully completed earlier this year. The following goals were achieved: New material [...]

December 13th, 2022|

TPAC laboratory expansion

TPAC is growing and, therefore, our laboratory space will be expanded with an additional 290 square meters of floor space. This will allow TPAC to move its labscale- and test-equipment to the new lab space, reserving the current lab space for industrial equipment, allowing for trials closer to industrial reality. This expansion will also allow the industrial lab [...]

December 13th, 2022|

Student works on Polycarbonate recycling

The student Ivar Stokvisch from the Saxion course on Sustainable Chemistry, has worked at TPACs labs on recycling methods for Polycarbonate (PC), supplied by Falco B.V., a company in Vriezenveen that produces outdoor furniture such as bicycle shelters. He looked into the chemical and mechanical recycling, aiming at creating a loop for this stream and starting a second [...]

December 13th, 2022|

Webinair “Lightweight Opportunities for Thermoplastic Composites”

On 24th November, TPAC organised the webinar “Lightweight Opportunities for Thermoplastic Composites”, as an educational activity that falls within the WP2 of the Righweight Interreg North Western Europe, a project which goal is to intensify the cooperation between the automotive and the aerospace sectors for reaching environmental and affordability targets. Thermoplastic Composites offer great opportunities for large series [...]

December 13th, 2022|

Recycling of air filters

In the past months, TPAC has worked closely together with CIM Fieldlab, Brink Climate Systems and Hogeschool Saxion students looking into the possibilities of recycling Brink's air filters as part of creating a circular business model. The project offered the students a challenging real-life industrial problem to be solved in intense collaboration, under the supervision of Harrie van Bommel, Marco Del Vecchio and [...]

September 7th, 2022|

Funding RAAK-PRO project approved by Regieorgaan SIA

On 16 May 2022 TPAC received the formal approval for the RAAKPRO project “New Generation Stiffened Thermoplastic Composite Products” from RegieOrgaan SIA. The project has a lead time of 4 years and will start per 1 July 2022. On the 30th of June a pre-kick-off meeting was organized at TPAC together with the consortium partners. It started with [...]

July 7th, 2022|

We are hiring!

TPAC is looking for a  Composite Engineer Your Characteristics: into polymers/ composites; a team player; a result-driven, pragmatic academic; open for innovation. Your Qualifications and Experience: the skills to run/manage a multidisciplinary project with industry; a relevant degree; affinity with thermoplastic composites; a hands-on attitude; good communication skills (both oral as well [...]

June 28th, 2022|

Graduation internship at TPAC

Fourth-year mechatronics ROC students Lars van der Heijden and Luuk van den Berg graduating and ending their assignment at Saxion’s TPAC (Enschede). Luuk van den Berg and Lars van der Heijden finished their assignment at TPAC and graduated with good grades at ROC Hengelo: Luuk worked on the design and manufacturing of an extruder, that could be [...]

June 22nd, 2022|Tags: , , |

TPAC goes Circular!

Recycling of thermoplastics is an important research area of TPAC. Within the Programme Fieldlab Circulaire Innovaties in de Maakindustrie this year three projects were started, for three totally different working fields: 1)  Circular Insulating Sandwich Panels for the Building Industry Here, TPAC uses scrap panels and its cutting waste, grinds it into small particles and moulds [...]

Students at Saxion’s TPAC

In 2021 a number of students started their internship / graduation assignment or 3S project at TPAC. Varying from Mechatronics, Fashion & Textile Technologies, International Business, Commercial Economics, Creative business to Mechanical Engineering, from ROC Twente to Saxion. From left to right: Niels Nijhuis, Luuk van den Berg, Jarne Vennegoor, Lars van der Heijden, Donato Titulaer, Ties [...]

December 7th, 2021|

TPAC features in latest Strategic Research Agenda for Universities of Applied Sciences

The Dutch Association of Universities of Applied Sciences recently published its new Strategic Research Agenda for Universities of Applied Sciences 2022-2025. The agenda outlines how UASs can further boost the impact of applied research in the years to come. In the agenda, TPAC features as an example of a center for applied research with impact on society. [...]

December 1st, 2021|

TPAC researcher Rik Voerman on air with 1Twente

Rivers full of floating plastic, huge piles of household plastic waste. Is it possible to develop circular solutions in the east of the Netherlands to combat the worldwide surplus of waste from thin plastics and films? TPAC researcher Rik Voerman was on air with 1Twente, to explain how decentralised recycling could be the solution to these problems. [...]

November 29th, 2021|

Research of Saxion’s TPAC into recycling of thin-walled plastics enters a new phase

Auteur: Anne Hurenkamp            Date: 12 October 2021            Source: Saxion News Enschede - Rivers full of floating plastic, huge piles of household plastic waste. We know the worrying images from the media. Is it possible to develop circular solutions in the east of the Netherlands to combat the worldwide [...]

October 13th, 2021|


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