To meet OEM’s ramp-up demands and to build a solid future-proof business, composite parts manufacturers must look into new and innovative ways to prepare their production lines for the long-term. But, where to start?
All composite parts manufacturers face increasing demands to produce higher volumes at lower costs. This trend is particularly marked in high growth industries, such as aerospace and space. Increasingly, solutions for composite parts manufacturers use a combination of automation hardware and AI software to deliver radical productivity improvements.
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So far kitting has been a labor-intensive job, that needs to be done, and nobody actually likes. Especially not the parts and aircraft manufacturers. This created, obviously, a business for people who take a job nobody likes and turn it into a profitable business. Everybody wins.
Now it is the future of kitting and pre-forming that is interesting. We have the full capability of advanced nesting software, often much more capable than we can use (take dynamic nesting, or prepreg warehouse inventory) and we have the capability of our robotized integrated buffer system that always knows where any ply, coming from the cutting table, is and needs to be, till final kit. So, what happens when these two systems are joined. Imagine 8 laminating cells waiting for their kits, all in their own time. On the other side a freezer with prepreg rolls, both fresh and some close to expiry date. In between the automated cell with fully automated cutting table, robot and buffer station. All joint by a digital backbone communicating back and forth. The automated kitting system can optimize both material utilization and laminating throughput, with just in time delivery of fully ordered kits to the operator. It can fast-track certain kits, or material streams due to expiry dates or shelf life and laminating cell availability.
Once you can imagine that, you can see the extended step of integration with pre-forming as well. The robot will not only buffer and order kits, it can now also be extended to automatically build pre-forms. Still making use of the ply buffer for maximum material utilization on the cutting table, but then placing the actual plies to build the pre-form rather than the ply kit.
In this paper the details of the robotized kitting and pre-forming cell will be discussed, such as the digital integration, ordering algorithms and other technologies involved.
Aircraft (parts) manufacturers are responsible for how they choose to upgrade and modernise their production lines. The purpose of this point of view is to emphasize the urgency that manufacturers must look at ways to take their production optimisation to the next level. E.g. by implementing new and innovative ways of automated and digital manufacturing.
Production lines need to be much more efficient. But what is the best solution or approach? At Airborne, we strongly believe the future is automation. Already new competitors that enter the aircraft manufacturing market are investing in (partially) automated and digital manufacturing lines and are successfully competing with low-cost countries.
Automating the production process does not only help speeding up production and meeting ramp-up targets, it will also help you in preparing to overcome other future challenges. Our point of view provides you with insights how to take these steps and make the right decisions for your business.
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Composite parts manufacturers face increasing demands from customers to produce higher volumes at lower costs. This trend is particularly marked in high growth industries, such as aerospace, automotive and marine. Increasingly, IIoT solutions for composite parts manufacturers use a combination of automation hardware and AI software to deliver radical productivity improvements. If you are a composite parts manufacturer, ask yourself: are you ready to double your current production rate in the next five years?
Our Automated Laminating Cell is a multifunctional system that combines robotised tape laying, laminate cutting and pick & place.
Automated Kitting is affordable, flexible and very easy to use. It is one of our building blocks for automation of composites and already fully digital.
By automating Pick and Place we help enable our clients to be more competitive by saving time and reducing costs.
Our Automated Honeycomb Potting system automatically applies potting material for local reinforcements in honeycomb sandwich panels.