Visitors at the Anaglyph Ltd. (London, U.K.) stand during JEC Europe 2014 had the opportunity to see the company’s latest versions of its software products Laminate Tools, LAP and CoDA and to witness demonstrations of the new software/hardware capabilities that have been incorporated recently into its trademarked PlyMatch ply-placement technology. Unlike conventional fixed, overhead-mounted laser ply placement systems, the PlyMatch has no laser head. Instead, it has a camera head that films the worktop. This filmed image is shown on the system's monitor, together with a software-generated image of the ply in place. Further, the PlyMatch system is designed to be uniquely flexible: Its camera head and support arm and/or the mold tool can be moved by the technician without system recalibration — the system self-calibrates — and its compact design enables it to guide manual ply placement on vertical surfaces and inside enclosed spaces. Further, the ply data can be generated by any CAD application, although Anaglyph's Laminate Tools application is recommended for full and integrated functionality without the need to generate additional data. Quality control is assured by the digital video recording provided by the system, enhanced by optional measurements of boundary deviation or fiber orientation misalignment.
Editor Pick2014 JEC Europe Review
The composites world met again in Paris, vibrant, stronger, and more forward-looking than ever before.