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Automated Dynamics develops articulated robot for University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

News International-French

30 May 2012

Automated Dynamics today announced it has delivered a new interchangeable fiber placement head to the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). This new head is interchangeable on the fiber placement robot that was already supplied by Automated Dynamics to AMRC and will support research and development for the production and machining of composite components, including aerospace structures.

Benefits of the new quarter-inch, thermoset four tow head include:

- Individual Tow Control, which reduces the amount of scrapped material

- Improved capabilities of laying up complex geometries

- An integrated creel & rewind system that simplifies the tow path

- Decreased set-up and exchange time between alternate material systems


“The new Automated Dynamics fiber placement head will allow AMRC to remain at the cutting-edge of carbon fiber composite material production and is vital to projects we are currently pursuing with GE Aerospace,” said Richard Scaife, manager, AMRC Composite Centre.  “By adding this head to our already existing in-situ thermoplastic, automated tape laying and 12-tow ITC thermoset heads, we have increased the versatility and overall efficiency of the machine, allowing us to develop solutions that were previously unattainable.”


The AMRC Composite Centre develops complex and finely detailed fiber-placed structures for aerospace manufacturing. The centre also investigates the use of automated manufacturing cells to increase throughput and reduce errors by minimizing human involvement in the production process.


“AMRC has been a valuable partner with Automated Dynamics for many years, and we are proud to have added this new fiber placement head to the capabilities of the Composites Centre,” said Robert J. Langone, president, Automated Dynamics. “The centre is always at the leading edge of innovation in our industry, and knowing that our machines help make that happen is rewarding for the entire Automated Dynamics team.”


About the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (AMRC)

The University of Sheffield AMRC with Boeing is dedicated to working with manufacturing businesses, from global aerospace giants to local SMEs, to identify, research and resolve advanced manufacturing problems. The AMRC has four core research groups: machining, assembly, composite materials and structural testing. The AMRC now employs around 180 highly qualified researchers and engineers from around the globe, in two purpose-built centres on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in South Yorkshire. The AMRC is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

About Automated Dynamics

Automated Dynamics manufactures advanced composite structures and high performance composite processing equipment. Through the development of innovative processes—automated fiber placement and automated tape laying—the company delivers strong, light-weight structures that solve complex problems for clients in the aerospace, automotive, defense, oilfield, and other commercial/industrial markets.



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