17 October 2017
17 October 2017
Fibermaq will participate for the first time in the Congress of Industrial Management and Aeronautical Technology (Cimatech), which takes place on 17-19 October at the School of Technology (Fatec) of São José dos Campos (SP), Brazil.
The company will showcase US company Autometrix's automated systems for cutting fabrics and prepregs. Fibermaq took over the distribution of Autometrix products in Brazil in June.
“There are several opportunities for this type of equipment in the aviation market, one of the main consumers of glass and carbon fabrics which reinforce the composite parts,” says Christian de Andrade, Director of Fibermaq.
In Brazil, Fibermaq will distribute Autometrix Advantage, Radium and Argon lines, which have cutting speeds ranging from 0.60 m/s to 1.67 m/s. Radium and Argon work with up to two cutting tools simultaneously.
“In an hour, these machines cut the same amount of fabric that an operator takes from 8 to 16 hours to cut manually,” reports Andrade.
In addition to productivity gains, a great advantage of Autometrix equipment is said to be PatternSmith, a pattern design and nesting software. Able to import Drawing Exchange Format (DXF) files – which can be generated by software such as AutoCAD and SolidWorks – the software is designed to maximise fabric utilisation.
Sold separately, CadShot Mobile allows users to take a snapshot of the part with the mobile phone and export the image directly to the software, which recognises the format and cuts the fabric accordingly.
Photo provided by Autometrix
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