High-speed layup system

Fiberforge (Glenwood Springs, Colo.) has introduced the latest generation of its patented Relay Station tape laying system for the production of fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite structures. The new Relay Station produces parts up to six times faster than the company’s original system, with increased

Fiberforge (Glenwood Springs, Colo.) has introduced the latest generation of its patented Relay Station tape laying system for the production of fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite structures. The new Relay Station produces parts up to six times faster than the company’s original system, with increased flexibility and adaptability and a more user-friendly interface. According to the company, the new system rapidly lays up a multi-ply laminate out of unidirectional, fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite tape. The resulting product, a near-net shape sheet material referred to as a Tailored Blank, is then consolidated and thermoformed into a final part. The new system reportedly can process more than 1 million lb (about 453,600 kg) of fiber-reinforced tape annually.