Automated Dynamics (Schenectady, N.Y., USA) on May 30 announced that it has delivered a new interchangeable fiber placement head to the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC, Sheffield, U.K.). The new head is interchangeable on the fiber placement robot that was already supplied by Automated Dynamics to AMRC and will support research and development for the production and machining of composite components, including aerospace structures.
Benefits of the new quarter-inch, thermoset, four-tow head include:
- Individual tow control, which reduces the amount of scrap material
- Improved capabilities for the layup of complex geometries
- An integrated creel and rewind system that simplifies the tow path
- Decreased setup and exchange time between alternate material systems
“The new Automated Dynamics fiber placement head will allow AMRC to remain at the cutting-edge of carbon fiber composite material production and is vital to projects we are currently pursuing with GE Aerospace,” says Richard Scaife, manager, AMRC Composite Centre. “By adding this head to our already existing in-situ thermoplastic, automated tape laying and 12-tow ITC thermoset heads, we have increased the versatility and overall efficiency of the machine, allowing us to develop solutions that were previously unattainable.”
The AMRC Composite Centre develops complex and finely detailed fiber-placed structures for aerospace manufacturing. The centre also investigates the use of automated manufacturing cells to increase throughput and reduce errors by minimizing human involvement in the production process.
“AMRC has been a valuable partner with Automated Dynamics for many years, and we are proud to have added this new fiber placement head to the capabilities of the Composites Centre,” says Robert J. Langone, president, Automated Dynamics. “The center is always at the leading edge of innovation in our industry, and knowing that our machines help make that happen is rewarding for the entire Automated Dynamics team.”
The AMRC works with manufacturing businesses, from global aerospace giants to local SMEs, to identify, research and resolve advanced manufacturing problems. The AMRC has four core research groups: machining, assembly, composite materials and structural testing.