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Mikrosam to present innovative AFT/ATL robotic solutions at JEC World 2018

News International-French

6 Mar 2018

The company will introduce its latest and most innovative AFT/ATL robotic solutions:Taurus, Libra and Discovery - for unlimited possibilities in manufacturing composites.

Taurus is the a solution for achieving the highest productivity production process of large aerospace flying composite part. It provides high lay down rates retaining the stringent quality requirements of structural composites with up to 6 meters diameter and 30 meters length. Taurus integrates the following functions in a single solution:

  • advanced 16-tow AFP head
  • fast exchangeable with thermoplastic ATL head
  • laser projection
  • advanced online inspection system and verification after each ply placement. 

Libra is the a versatile and flexible type of AFP/ATL platform, capable of producing composite parts with a diameter of up to 2.5 meters and 12 meters long, using 8-tow AFP head or thermoplastic ATL head. It is particularly adapted for customers looking for a complete freedom in designing and manufacturing medium to large sized flat or countered composites.

Discovery is the ideal AFP/ATL robotic solution for developing production concepts and demonstrating feasibility by prototyping. It features either a 4 tow AFP or ATL head, and is intended for production of smaller composite parts with 1 meter diameter and 2 meters length.

Taurus, Libra and Discovery can be customized and are compatible with thermoplastic, thermoset and dry fibers layup placement processes. All three solutions have a built in user-friendly programming and simulation software MikroPlace and Quality Control System (QCS).

“Mikrosam addresses not only the aerospace but also, automotive, marine, gas and oil and piping industry’s drive for efficiency and flexibility in composites production by introducing Taurus, Libra and Discovery. These innovative AFP/ATL robotic solutions are designed for manufacturing premium quality products of complex shapes by offering high precision and dynamic movement. They are capable of switching from automated fiber placement to automated tape laying in a matter of minutes thus saving millions of dollars in equipment, infrastructure and labor costs, necessary for two different systems” – says Samoil Samak, Mikrosam’s Vice President. 

With this solution, the time consuming process of transferring the product from one machine (FW process) to another (AFP process), which can take more than a day, is now done within minutes.