07 January 2011
07 January 2011
Automated Dynamics is developing an automated fibre placement (AFP) robotic workcell for Concordia Universitys Concordia Center for Composites (CONCOM).
The six-axis robot will fabricate simple to complex geometries, including cones, flat laminates, open and closed sections with convex and/or concave shapes, triangles, box beams, cylinders, ovals and more.
Automated Dynamics leading-edge processing technology and fibre placement equipment will be the centerpiece of the CONCOM research and development facility, says Dr. S.V. Hoa, director, CONCOM. We are well respected in this field of research and now this technology and composite processing places Concordia University among the world-class leaders designing and fabricating composite structures for industry, government and defense applications throughout Quebec and across Canada.
The Automated Dynamics robot features an articulated arm platform with interchangeable processing heads: 4-tape (.25 inch wide each), individual tape control, processing head for thermoset (epoxy) composite materials and a single tape (.250-.50 inch wide) processing head for thermoplastic composite materials. The robot also features a separate spindle to accommodate tools up to 6,000 pounds, with a work envelope of 48 inch OD by 10 feet long.
Equipment to be delivered with the robotic workcell includes a large, electric tool extractor capable of a pull force of 40,000 pounds for removing mandrels (tools) from the fabricated composite structure.
Proprietary in-line and off-line software programs the robot and processing head using a PC to place the fibre-reinforced, pre-preg composite tape on a metal tool in any orientation from zero- to 180-degrees layer (ply) by layer (ply).
Were excited to be building this versatile machine for Concordia University, says Jim Harty, vice president, Sales and Marketing, Automated Dynamics. Our ability to tailor automation of fibre placement and tape laying equipment provide production-ready solutions for our clients, supporting their efforts to research and develop low-cost, high-volume composite structures.
Automated Dynamics has also completed registration to AS9100, the standardized quality management system for the aerospace industry. The designation is the result of the company passing stringent audit requirements and evaluations of its manufacturing processes to achieve a standard of quality required in the aerospace industry.
""Becoming AS9100 certified reflects Automated Dynamics' commitment to continuous improvement and marks the culmination of our effort to facilitate advanced aerospace production activities,"" said Robert J. Langone, president, Automated Dynamics.
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