Automated Composites Manufacturing

Flexible and intelligent production of composite components with manufacturing robots

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SWMS offers software solutions in the complex environment of automated manufacturing of fiber-reinforced components that support you from the design of your composite parts to their manufacture. All production steps are virtually mapped by digital twins, which guarantees
our customers a continuous software-supported process chain. All activities are bundled in the TapeStation software environment in corresponding modules and are available as plant- and manufacturer-independent programming and design software.

Integration of machine and discard simulation

Analysis of the calculated path allocations

Machine-specific postprocessor integration

Component-specific NC programs

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Blog / Automated Composites Manufacturing

Expertise about Automated Composites Manufacturing

Duro- & Thermoplastics

Duroplastics and thermoplastics are plastics. While thermoplastics can be deformed again at a certain temperature, thermosets can only be machined after curing, whereby the temperature for curing ...

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the thermosets is lower. Thermoplastics are more environmentally friendly in comparison to thermosets, because on the one hand no solvents are used during production and on the other hand they are recyclable.

Fibre-reinforced plastics

A fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) is a material consisting of a matrix and endless reinforcing fibres. The matrix, i.e. a plastic in which the carbon fibres are embedded, ...

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forms the basic structure. It consists of a polymer (chemical substance). As a rule, glass, aramide or carbon are chosen as the fibre material.

Gaps/Overlaps

When laying the course (a combination of several CFRP courses laid at the same time), different types of gaps can occur. Since the surface on which the courses are laid is not flat, parallel gaps can occur between two courses ...

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that do not intersect. When cutting one course with another, e.g. to stay within the maximum angle deviation, triangular gaps occur due to the geometry of the CFRP courses. The overlays of the courses are called overlaps, these form the contrast to the gaps.

Material Waste

Cutting the fibre layers to size results in high production costs, as the material waste is usually very large and therefore only a small part of the original material can be used. This waste can be optimized with ...

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the right software, which is tailored to your needs, increasing the use of existing resources and reducing production costs.

Ply

The structural components are made of several layers of the material, which are also called Plies.
One layer of the CFRP material is also called Ply.

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Staggering

Due to the directional dependency of a CFRP layer, components made of carbon fiber composite plastics are constructed from several layers of different orientation. The arrangement of the layers ensures ...

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the force absorption from different directions and makes the material usable. The layering of several layers or plies is also known as staggering.

Tape laying

Tape laying involves heating a unidirectional fiber-reinforced tape to the melting temperature and placing it under pressure on a surface to be simulated with the aid of a roller. Tape laying is particularly suitable for large ...

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components with slight curvatures and offers high potential for fully automated product manufacturing in a small to medium series size, so that, for example, complex laminate structures can be realized. It is possible to adapt the alignment of the tapes to the requirements of the respective component. Tape laying offers a high potential for use in lightweight construction.

Advantages of automated path generation

Visual process simulation
One software platform
Import of all common CAD file formats
Time saving through automation
Offline Simulation
Collision detection
"You can do things that are unique and impossible with any other technique."
(Suong Van Hoa, Professor at the Concordia University in Montreal)

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