Implement an Automated Fiber Placement system 80% faster with 1% of the cost of traditional systems?

Updated: Jul 10

Automated fiber placement (AFP) machines are composite manufacturing technologies meant to increase rate and precision in the production of advanced composite parts. AFP combines industrial innovations, from new materials science, advanced manufacturing, and automation to advanced software platforms and robotics to redefine composites manufacturing for the future.

 

Traditional AFP systems: Facility planning requirements 

  • A completely new room/building for installation with flooring

  • 1–3 Mn euros of budget 

  • 6–12 month of lead time after the order placement

  • 1–3 month for installation and training

The complex nature of the process requires all of the above and more, creating a barrier for an average manufacturer to access advanced AFP systems.



New AFP systems: Facility planning requirements

The recent development in AFP systems enables the utilization of existing infrastructures and is supported by an innovative business model, that simplifies the above challenges. The new AFP system requires:

  • An existing robotic arm in its place

  • budget a few thousand euros/month

  • 1–2 months delivery time after the order placement

  • Start using the system on the day of arrival


Benefits

With the compact and adaptive new AFP solution you certainly save time and millions of euros, in addition, these AFP solutions are:

  1. Very simple to work with

  2. Modular for new types of material (Dry, Thermoset, Thermoplastic)

  3. Modular for different width of materials (1/4", 1/2", 1")

  4. Allow for other tools on the same robot

  5. Modular for a heating unit upgrade


Best way to get started

Start with a virtual planning software (AddPath) that can help you visualize your own production environment with AFP and simulate the production process, all in a couple easy steps:

  1. Planning your AFP cell virtually with AddPath

  2. Visualize the part production, simulation with Addpath

  3. Finalize your project

  4. Contact Addcomposites to get your new AFP solution