Cost-effective, industry proven, composite processes and processing equipment.
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Automated Dynamics’ industry proven technologies for the fabrication of thermoset and thermoplastic composite structures are integrated into every machine we build. Our knowledge and experience guarantees we can meet each client’s performance requirements.
It’s a Matter of Geometry
Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) is traditionally used on complex surfaces & smaller structures and utilizes single or multiple narrow, slit tapes or tows to make up a given total prepreg band width. In both thermoset and thermoplastic processing, incoming tape is heated often using hot nitrogen or laser. Prepreg material application and consolidation or debulk is always achieved through a compaction roller medium that may be heated or cooled.
Automated Fiber Placement Process
The need for individual tows or a single wide band should always be a compromise between part surface geometry and manufacturing throughput. Complex geometries that demand complex fiber placement are typically approached by the industry with multiple 0.125 inch – 0.250 inch (3.18 mm – 6.35 mm) tows. While this solution usually conquers the geometry challenge, it adds to machine complexity and cost and increases manufacturing time. A compromising approach, geometry dependent, may be to utilize multiple 0.500 inch (12.77 mm) tapes to improve throughput, while still maintaining good laminate quality on the complex surface. Automated Dynamics’ Fiber Placement Heads are designed with a given total bandwidth in mind that allows internal material handling components to be tailored to individual tape widths that can sensibly be placed against the part surface as efficiently as possible.
Our Proprietary Thermoplastic Process
Our in-situ and preform thermoplastic processes often utilizes only one slit tape, but we still refer to this technology as Fiber Placement. The single tape may be as wide as 2.000 inches (50.80 mm), but we consider this to be narrow for the traditional Tape Laying nomenclature. Typical for thermosetting systems, but unavailable elsewhere for thermoplastic processing, Automated Dynamics builds multi- 0.250 inch (6.35 mm) tape head systems for both in-situ consolidation and preforming applications. We have both single cut and individual tow control capabilities. Further explanation of the specific material matrix processes and advantages can be viewed by clicking thermoset or thermoplastic.
All head technologies are modular, have modular subassemblies for convenience of cleaning and change-out, and are supported by our easy-to-use software.
Advantages of Our Equipment:
Reduced labor costs Reduced material scrap Right-sized to fit your specific application(s) Automation means acceptable ROI Reduced manufacturing space Reduced manufacturing time Automatic debulking of thermoset prepreg In-situ consolidation of thermoplastic prepreg Increased material throughput Improved composite structure quality Precise, repeatable, tension-independent process enables placement at any angle User-friendly proprietary off-line and on-line software Training and support packages tailored to fit Customers’ needs.