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Breakthrough integrated AFP & FW solution

News International-French

6 Mar 2018

Sponsored Innovation Report - Visitors at JEC World 2018 will have an opportunity to see Mikrosam’s new hybrid AFP & FW solution for structural composite parts production. 

Breakthrough integrated AFP & FW solution

The hybrid work cell integrates the advantages of both filament winding (FW) and automated fibre placement (AFP) technologies to provide new and exciting opportunities for increased freedom in designing parts and reaching new levels of productivity and profitability. Applications can be found in the aerospace, automotive, oil & gas storage and transport, marine and other industries with a high demand for composite parts. 

The solution is optimized to produce large composite parts with an excellent strength-to-weight ratio (up to 100 tons weight), a diameter of up to 3.5 metres, and lengths of 10 metres. The configuration of the new AFP & FW work cell offers customers flexibility through dual process equipment: an interchangeable multi-tow (16) AFP head, and a FW system to access the best of both process variants. The advanced AFP head, equipped with an infrared heating device, is designed for automated bi-directional lay-up of thermoset prepreg tapes. The filament winder performs wet and dry winding of carbon, glass or aramid fibres. The time-consuming process of transferring the product from one machine (FW process) to another (AFP process) is done within minutes. For validation and optimization of the multi-material process, Mikrosam developed the integrated Mikroplace™ & Winding Expert™ software module for programming and simulation. 

Booth: Hall 6 – E51

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