MAG Cincinnati Automation migrating machinery to wind

MAG Cincinnati Automation, with expertise in automotive manufacturing systems, is evaluating fit and function of its machinery in wind energy production processes.

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MAG Cincinnati Automation (Machesney, Ill.), maker of machinery used in automotive assembly, reports that it has recently completed an aerospace composites project in conjunction with sister company MAG Cincinnati, and is developing technologies and processes for automated assembly of wind turbine components.

Bill McCormick, newly appointed business development specialist for composites at MAG Cincinnati Automation, sees a logical fit for transferring automotive production technologies into these new markets: "The economies of scale needed to ramp up production in commercial aerospace and wind energy are driving the manufacturers to link and automate processes that have traditionally been highly manual," said McCormick. "High demand, coupled with increased use of composites, has made it difficult for the manufacturers to keep up with production volumes. The goal now is to drive down cost and time, while improving process and quality capability. Our expertise in automated assembly and testing of complex mechanical and critical safety systems for the automotive industry positions us as a strong supplier for aerospace and wind energy. We're currently developing methods for wind turbine blade production that include automated dry fiber placement, robotic sanding/finishing, quick-cure RTM/VARTM [resin transfer molding/vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding] and automated drilling. In the aerospace industry, we are working to improve in-process inspection times and automate material transfer and handling of large parts, such as stringers and spars. We are quickly becoming automation specialists in dealing with the dynamics of large-part production for these industries."

MAG Cincinnati Automation provides turnkey assembly systems for engines, axles, major engine components and air bag igniters. Its expertise includes synchronous and asynchronous assembly systems, standalone assembly machines, lean and functional testing machines, robotic assembly cells, special fixtures and workpiece holding devices.