Fabric Cut and Place
- Fabric placed on layup table
- Ultrasonic knife used to cut ply shape
- Pick and place orients ply on part
- Bladder compactors ensure bonding
A major aircraft OEM has a qualified part that was designed for manual layup fabrication using prepreg fabrics. Expected rates were low single units per month.
New production requirements increase quantities 4-6 fold and existing manual fabrication work cells cannot meet production rates.
To meet contract requirements, OEM must significantly increase staff and manual manufacturing capacity increasing unit costs above budgeted costs.
Accudyne Systems designed a machine that places fabric on a table, then an untrasonic knife cuts the fabric into the correct shape. A vacuum chuck picks up the ply, orients it and places it onto a tool. The ply is bladder compacted onto the tool to ensure consolidation and ply bonding.