The automotive market has developed a wide range of material solutions to meet the variety of needs for weight saving and cost. Glass SMC is well established in Automotive composites and Airborne can assist with pick and place of SMC charges. At the higher cost end, both RTM and compression moulding carbon processes use webs of material with shapes cut out. The minimisation of waste, improving yield, cost and achieving production rates are continually improving the competitiveness of these technologies through the use of integrated kitting to maximise material nesting while managing the greater kit complexity which comes with it. Pick and place, and automated preforming transform these plies into tailored blanks suitable for high rate processing.
End of life recycling, cost sensitivity and design flexibility have driven the growth of thermoplastics in Automotive however the need for a new paradigm in electric vehicles has increased the attention to these materials. With possibilities for overmoulding thermoset structures, fibre reinforced versions reducing CTE issues, and fresh thinking, thermoplastics look set to grow significantly. Airborne have deep knowledge in processing both high and low performance thermoplastics through the Oil & Gas development of a continuously wound thermoplastic riser. Airborne’s Falcon line demonstrates the technology for very high rate production of thermoplastic laminates.
…the integration of automation and digital technologies, so called “Industry 4.0”. Airborne are developing digital tools that combine with automation to enable the digital thread through the supply chain, integration with MES & ERP systems, automated programming, digital twins, and data collection for operational insights. This vision for future manufacturing combined with composites know-how sets Airborne aside and why we consider ourselves long term partners not just suppliers
Industrialisation solutions to ensure the right material, process and equipment.
Assembly of 2D and 3D preforms to achieve TAKT times at automotive rates.
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