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Combined ATL and AFP machines

News International-French

1 Mar 2013

JEC Europe 2013 - Mikrosam AD has already delivered ATL and AFP machines around the world, and is now combining both technologies in a single product, significantly easing the ability to program and lay-up parts.

Producers of advanced composite parts typically have a dilemma when purchasing a lay-up machine, being forced to either pick fibre placement or tape placement technology. Rarely both are offered, and when they are, it is at a much higher cost and complexity in operation. Together with the lack of software to ease the complex programming, the producer struggles to make both technologies work, typically ending up with a single method for a part.

Mikrosam AD has already delivered ATL and AFP machines around the world, and is now combining both technologies in a single product, significantly easing the ability to program and lay-up parts. The company offers a new line of automated placement machines that are able to apply both technologies – ATL and AFP – on a single mandrel, without complex and timely head switching. This means there is no down-time to change from one placement method to another, since both lay-up heads work independently of each other. Together with its unique MikroPlace advanced composite programming software, the producer is able to program both technologies from a single PC, and run the program on a single machine interface. The machines are offered either in the robust, gantry-style dual lay-up head, or as a multi-robot lay-up platform for extra parallel processing.

More information:www.mikrosam.com
Booth V80