Automating Composites Production

The transition from hand layup to automated composites manufacturing can be a difficult, time consuming, and costly endeavor with many barriers to make the switch. The resources here are intended to help provide a vision of how automation can bring new efficiencies to a manufacturing operation to achieve high rates of production even with geometrically complex structures.



Roadmap to Automated Composites Manufacturing
 

This whitepaper and webinar were created to make the benefits and considerations of the transitional process apparent and therefore easier to navigate. Through the outline of a business case for automation and considerations of machine type the readers and viewers will be well-equipped to determine the appropriateness of automation for their composites manufacturing. 

 

Topics Covered:

  • Identify considerations regarding transitioning to an automated composites manufacturing process.
  • Understand important facets when selecting automated composites machinery.
  • Make critical decisions regarding the suitability of switching to an automatic manufacturing process
 

Roadmap to Automated Composites Webinar
 



Maximizing the Potential of Automation in Composites
 

The days of trying to prove the legitimacy of AFP and ATL technology have passed. The difficulty no longer lies with validating the concepts, but instead with figuring out how to maximize the potential of automation. Money fades whenever this equipment performs non-value-added tasks. Consequently, AFP and ATL owners want to eliminate unnecessary operations so the machines can focus on production. Through the use of the “digital twin” and simulation tools, composites programmers can optimize their programs before they ever run, thus increasing up-time and freeing the system to manufacture valuable products.

Topics Covered:

  • How simulation can be used to eliminate costly “dry runs.”
  • How to compile data for better cycle-time estimates for process planning.
  • How to detect robot singularities and reach issues.
  • How to identify and avoid inconsistent heating during layup
 

Optimizing Composites Automation Webinar.