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Broetje presents its new head for automated fiber placement (AFP)

News International-French

14 Mar 2019

Staxx flex is a compact and versatile end effector for 2D and 3D fiber stacking.

Broetje presents its new head for automated fiber placement (AFP)

With the Staxx flex fiber placement head, Broetje-Automation hits another milestone in automating the entire value stream of composite manufacturing. Thanks to the ability to integrate processes across various production steps, efficiency and productivity in composite manufacturing can be increased significantly.

The fiber placement head was designed for complex parts that previously had to be manufactured by manual lay-up. With its compact design and its local material storage, the Staxx flex is the perfect solution for the further industrialization of composite manufacturing.

Combined with Broetje Line Integration solutions, they are capable of getting the highest efficiencies out of your composite production. The Line Management System (LMS) from Broetje-Automation offers transparency over the entire manufacturing process and thus allows effective control of entire production chains. As an interface to the customer's MES/ERP systems, it is the backbone for the integration of composite production.

Their focus on serial production in an industrial environment is inherent to all of their products. Broetje solution for continuous composite preforming is another example showcased at JEC World. For the first time, their Continuous Composite Preforming Cell delivers high volume serial production of complex and near-net-shape preforms for composite components through the RTM process.

The fully automated robotic cell combines several of their own patent-pending solutions, including the following product developments:

  • Continuous Composite Preforming System
  • Composite Draping System
  • Composite Handling System
  • Composite Trimming System

Meet Broetje Automation at JEC World 2019, Hall 5, Booth G67