In this paper we take a look at the traditional kitting process and the opportunities for and advantages of automating the kitting process. And, as a next step, we discuss how the automated kitting process could be extended to include pre-forming as well.
Kitting is a key process step in the material flow in almost every composite factory. While the cutting process is in most cases already automated with conveyor belt cutting machines, the kitting process is still manual. Airborne has developed Automated Kitting solutions and installed a system to GKN Fokker. This paper describes the design of the system, as well as the operational implementation at the GKN Fokker’s Hoogeveen site in The Netherlands.
CCAT-prime is a 6 m diameter telescope with a surface accuracy of 10 microns, operating at submillimetre to millimetre wavelengths and sited at 5600 m elevation on Cerro Chajnantor in the Atacama desert of northern Chile. In this case study we dive deeper into the manufacturing solution that was needed to achieve the target manufacturing cost of the telescope structures.