Airborne expands Automated Kitting Partnerships in North America
To further expand its services for the North American market Airborne, technology leader in the automated and digital manufacturing of advanced composites, is pleased to announce the appointment of two companies, Eastman and Zund, as Preferred Reselling Partners. The Partners have rights to sell Airborne Automated Kitting solutions to the USA, Canada and Mexico.
Automated Kitting solutions
Airborne’s automated kitting solutions reduce operating costs by maximizing material yield through optimized nesting. At the same time, they resolve the challenges inherent in sorting and grouping cut parts from complex nested layouts into laminate-ready kits with minimal operator intervention. Airborne offer a portfolio of solutions tailored to meet the individual needs of customers from affordable entry-level semi-automated products through to fully integrated and high productivity systems. All systems are “plug and play” and require no additional special programming. Airborne’s software generates the required robotics code directly from information derived from the nesting data and permits static or dynamic nesting and a sorting solution that adapts “on the fly”.
The Partners have been selected due to their extensive deployment of cutters and applications across a broad range of end markets.
Zünd Systemtechnik AG, a global, family-owned Swiss company, specializes in digital singleply cutting systems. The Zünd name stands for Swiss quality and is synonymous with precision, performance, and reliability. Zünd has been developing, producing, and marketing modular cutting systems since 1984 and is one of the world’s leading manufacturers. The Zünd customer base includes service providers and manufacturers in composites applications, graphics, packaging, and leather industries as well as in apparel all over the world. Besides Zünd’s own global network of sales and service organizations Zünd relies on a worldwide network of long-standing, independent distribution & service partners under the leadership of Oliver Zünd
“With this distribution agreement strong partners complement each other in much the same way as in strong partnerships we have established in other industries. Airborne has excellent know-how in developing and manufacturing automated solutions for processing composites. Together we can offer our customers state-of-the-art technology and provide a technological answer to the growing demand for high-performance, innovative production systems in the composites market.”
Eastman Machine Company is a fifth-generation, family-operated manufacturer of cutting machines and material handling solutions. Working in tandem with industry engineers, Eastman designs and builds composite cutting machinery that is reliable, accurate, and versatile. Eastman is committed to manufacturing industrial solutions proven to be simpler to operate, less expensive to maintain, and customized specific to cutting and handling fiberglass, carbon, aramid reinforcement fibers, and other engineered fabrics.
“We are excited about our joint partnership with Airborne,” says Amy Denning, VP of North American Sales at Eastman. “It is a massive step forward for American manufacturers looking to maximize operational efficiency in the cutting room.”
Joe Summers, Commercial Director Airborne said “Partnering with Eastman, and Zund adds major value for our customers in North America. Both share Airborne’s ambitions to make the cutting room more efficient, with the ply cutter at the centre of turning materials into cut shapes with the highest possible efficiency of materials and labour. We’re excited to see how this collaboration will bring even more advanced services to customers in North America”.