Independent Machine Company
Advanced Converting Equipment for the manufacture of preforms, intermediates and slit tape. Custom cross ply laminators, slitters, winders and other types of equipment.
Advanced solutions in filament winding, automated fiber placement, prepregging and composites converting equipment.
Non Destructive Testing and FOD Detection Using Thermography
Aligned Vision Laser Projection
LASERGUIDE is the easiest to use, most flexible, powerful laser projection system available. Whether it is used in an aerospace or a marine application, for composite layup or fixture location, LASERGUIDE saves time, improves accuracy and provides rapid return on investment. LASERGUIDE systems require fewer projectors, controllers, and operator setup activities than any other laser system available.
Aligned Vision LaserGuide Projector
Using Thermography for Non-destructive testing (NDT) or non-destructive evaluation (NDE) is a special infrared measurement method. Conventional thermal imaging is considered a passive thermography method. The heat that the infrared camera measures is being radiated by the object. This may be due to heat dissipation in an electrical motor or an exothermic reaction of a chemical process. Once the object has cooled down, there is no more (thermal) information to be gained from it. The part is in thermal equilibrium. In contrast, non-destructive testing utilizes an external heat source to warm up the object that is being observed. It is therefore considered an active thermography method. A suitable heat source is stimulating the object while a thermal camera is recording a sequence of images over time. Special non-destructive testing software analyzes the sequence of images, pixel by pixel, and performs complex mathematical operations on the temporal thermal response. This temporal thermal response of the thermal wave on the surface of the material is then being transformed into a varying image contrast. There are several different active thermography methods available.
Mikrosam Automation Solutions for Composites Manufacturing
Our products page will give you an overview of what my partner companies offer in the field of automation. We offer filament winders, automated fiber placement machines, universal holding fixtures, non destructive testing, and custom automation solutions. If you don't see your solution please do contact me with your inquiry.
Movitherm Advanced Thermography Solutions for Non-Destructive Testing and FOD Detection
Automated Composites Manufacturing Solutions
Mikrosam is a leading European manufacturer of a wide range of machinery and advanced technologies for the composites industry. With more than 35 years of experience in composites Mikrosam understands the challenges that composite part and material manufacturers are trying to solve. They are the only AFP manufacturer that can supply their own part design and motion software enabling small to medium size companies affordable access to AFP. Mikrosam can combine AFP and filament winding in a single system for maximum productive flexibility. With a wide range of machines it is likley that Mikrosam will have a solution for your composites manufacturing challenge.
Automated Fiber/Tape Placement Machine
IMC's Slitting & Traverse Winding Systems are well-known throughout the converting world as being among the best you can buy. Our brands - SMARTWINDERS™, SMARTWINDERS-XL™, SPOOL-MATE™ have become the standard by which other spooling systems are judged.
Since 1968 IMC has designed and manufactured most kinds of converting and web-processing machinery. They make their machinery rugged, easy to use and safe. By using a modular design concept IMC can provide individual modules for operation as stand-alone units or in-line with existing processes. IMC is especially skillful at building entire systems that integrate several converting processes into one system.
Cevotec's SAMBA innovative fiber patch placement process holds the potential to disrupt composite part manufacturing by providing a completely new process for automating the fabrication of net shaped parts. By moving towards the use of composite pre-preg and dry fiber patches, parts can be made faster and lighter by using less material.
Cevotec's SAMBA innovative fiber patch placement process holds the potential to disrupt composite part manufacturing by providing a completely new process for automating the fabrication of net shaped parts. By moving towards the use of composite pre-preg and dry fiber patches, parts can be made faster and lighter by using less material. The Cevotec SAMBA software enables the design of the part and identification of the load bearing areas of the part. The software then optimizes the number and orientation of the patches to optimize the part layup using patches. The interpolated robots and vision systems do the rest. If you have a legacy part that needs both a reduction in weight and/or an increase in volume, you want to look at this technology for your application. If it is an entirely new part, patch placement will outperform manual layup while ensuring consistent quality.
Excellence in Custom Automation Solutions
Composite Automation represents world class manufacturers of machines that automate the manufacture of composite parts and intermediaries. From automated fiber/tape placement to filament winders to non destructive testing and custom automated solutions contact us with your most difficult challenge.
JETCAM CrossTrack Composite Material Tracking and Management System
CrossTrack was developed from the ground up to resolve the complex issue of managing orders, materials, nests, parts/plies and kits. Traceability, especially in aerospace is critical - CrossTrack delivers this, giving complete visibility from the initial material, tracking the order, all individual elements and through to the finished part. Companies using CrossTrack benefit from a massive reduction in the reliance on paper, much greater accuracy, as once entered information is carried electronically through the system, and real time access to live order, material and nest data across the network.
Whether staff need to check the remaining life of a given material, queue orders for nesting, check machine availability or build comprehensive reports CrossTrack provides a single point of reference for all manufacturing data. With the tight integration into the award-winning JETCAM Expert CAM and Nesting system it also produces and manages highly optimized static or dynamic nests.
Cevotec Fiber Patch Placement Additive Manufacturing
Custom Automation Solutions for the aerospace and composites market.
Autometrix Automated Cutting and Digitizing Solutions
ARM Automation Ply-Picker
Automated Tape Layup Machine
ONExia is a manufacturer of custom automation equipment for use in the composites manufacturing sector. Having a long history in the application of motion controls ONExia excels at abstracting unique one of a kind machine solutions to meet specific requirements. Their skills include integrating complex motion controls, PLC, HMI, vision and other technologies and then supplying them as turn key systems.
Autometrix is proud of their well designed cutting machines and industry-leading pattern digitizing software. Autometrix' automated cutting systems can revolutionize the design and manufacturing processes of any business considering automation. Automation is a bold step, and Autometrix provides solutions that make automating your business, no matter the size, easy and efficient.
With more than 30 years of experience in pattern-making software and machine design, Autometrix is a partner you can trust. Autometrix machine purchases include software, installation, and on-site training provided by an Autometrix technician. Additionally, all of our clients receive personal software training prior to system installation. With Autometrix automation solutions, our customers maximize their resources, minimize material waste, and greatly improve their efficiency.
Arm Automation's innovative Ply-Picker automates one of the most time consuming processes in the manufacture of composite parts. Hand laid up parts start out as individual plies that are cut on a precision cutting table. The automated removal of these individual plies in the proper order and organized in kits is now possible. Less operators can focus on higher value added activities. Combine this system with JETCAM's CrossTrack software to have full roll, kit and ply traceability. These systems reduce waste, increase throughput and optimize operations profitability. Depending on the tool, the Ply-Picker can even remove backing paper and perform layup of component charges to automated the layup of composite stringers and spars. The system includes sensors to detect partially cut plies and FOD. The system uses a unique patented vacuum drum to roll up the ply and since it is built to customer specifications ARM can expand the circumference of the drum to handle long skinny plies. Contact us with your specific application. We're excited to learn more about it!