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INTEGRATING AUTOMATIC HANDLING OF FLEXIBLE MATERIAL COMPOSITE COMPONENT DESIGN AND QUALITY ASSURANCE PROCEDURES.

Objective

The broad objectives are to develop an integrated system to automatically process flexible sheet material, particularly composite prepegs, from the delivery condition to a consolidated rigid product.
The broad objectives were to develop an integrated system to automatically process flexible sheet material, particularly composite prepregs, from the delivery condition to a consolidated rigid product.

The prototype was completed in March 1993. Demonstrations included peeling the backing sheets from the prepreg simulation of the handling system, cutting materials with different types of tooling, detection of known material defects and consolidation using a robot arm.
The database structure is complete and subcontract modules identified. A report and video is available for the process prototype.
This involves automating the de-reeling, cutting, handling and laying up of a range of prepeg materials. These processes must be integrated with a vision system which will inspect the raw material for defects, and check the consolidated layers for a range of known manufacturing defects.

Other tasks include defining the manufacturing capabilities and limitations of the process. This information will be used by a database being developed for use by designers to help them design to cost.

Coordinator

Lucas Engineering and Systems Ltd
Address
Dog Kennel Lane Shirley
B90 4JJ Solihull
United Kingdom

Participants (4)

Battelle-Institut eV
Germany
Address
Am Römerhof 35
60486 Frankfurt Am Main
HITEC
Greece
Krupp Forschungsinstitut GmbH
Germany
Address
Münchener Straße 100
45145 Essen
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
Address

Bristol