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The comapny announced on August 31, 2011 that it is testing the use of a laser-based heating method for the production of fiber placed composite materials. This method is currently being integrated into Automated Dynamics’ fiber placement technology and will be used to replace and/or supplement hot gas for heating.
"This new heating process will help us improve control over temperature in the bond zone and lead to greater efficiency," said Robert Langone, president, Automated Dynamics. "We look forward to using lasers for parts production in the near future and plan to make them available as an option on sales of our composite processing equipment as well. Of particular interest is the boost in processing speeds and associated gains in material throughput and consolidation quality that preliminary work with this form of energy delivery is demonstrating."
Laser benefits include:
• Improved process control
• Greater productivity
• Improved reliability
• High electrical efficiency
Automated Dynamics purchased the laser from IPG Photonics in Oxford, Mass. The effort is being partially funded with support from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.
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, oil field, and other commercial/industrial markets. Automated Dynamics is AS9100 certified, an ISO 9001:2008 Certified Quality Management System and a STR-R registered company.
More information: www.automateddynamics.com