Considering the need to provide a solution that would increase production throughput, while at the same time provide the ability to manufacture complex geometry laminates, offers the new patent pending automated tape laying (ATL) system it has developed for one of the biggest civil airplane parts’ manufacturers.
This avant-garde automated contour tape laying (ACTL) equipment guarantees high productivity rate, flexibility and precision. It consists of a layup head and an assembly of 3 rotational axes and 3 linear axes in portal style, suitable for automated laying of carbon fiber tapes for production of composite parts.
The new ATL head consists of independently controlled, multi-segmented shoe members used to apply the tape, and an additional compaction method used to complete tape application. Both are linked through a dynamic servo control system, which improves tape laying precision and reduces errors. This provides for fine adjustment of compaction force against work surface, and different laying paths, while avoiding bubbles, gaps, overlaps, and wrinkles.
The head's innovation is in achieving a very large free envelope of angle of +/-40°, which represents 60% wider laying range from the previously known solutions, therefore giving the opportunity to lay on concave surfaces. As such, this ATL solution increases laying performances, productivity and precision and avoids tape deviations and vibrations during laying.
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