Automated Composites Manufacturing Solutions

This page contains a brief overview of each company that Composite Automation represents.   Each company provides complementary solutions and Composite Automation has the ability to bring these solutions together in an integrated solution to solve a complex manufacturing problem.  From filament winders, automated fiber/tape placement machines, 5 axis CNC, UT non destructive testing, hand layup, RTM, slitting machines or a fully custom automated solution we have an innovative composites manufacturing solution for your application.  If you don’t see your solution please do contact me with your inquiry.  

Mikrosam Automation Solutions for Composites Manufacturing

Mikrosam is a leading European manufacturer of a wide range of machinery and advanced technologies for the composites manufacturing  industry. With more than 35 years of experience in composites Mikrosam understands the challenges that composite part and material manufacturers are faced with. Their expertise extends to processing thermosets, thermoplastics and dry fibers. With their co-located Institute of Advanced Composites and Robotics, they can provide in house process development to define the machine requirements which reduces the risk of purchasing any machine technology they can provide.  With a wide range of machines it is likley that Mikrosam will have a solution for your composites manufacturing challenge.

Cevotec Fiber Patch Placement Additive Manufacturing

Cevotec enables manufacturers to build complex fiber composites in high volume and quality – by smart process automation based on Fiber Patch Placement technology. With SAMBA Series, Cevotec offers tailored, automated fiber lay-up systems for challenging 3D geometries and laminates with complex fiber orientation. ARTIST STUDIO is the matching CAE software for generating patch-based fiber laminates and automated robot programming. Along with development services that include FE-based modeling and simulation, Cevotec offers the entire process chain from digital design to final fiber product.

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.

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.

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.

moviTHERM Advanced Thermography Solutions for Non-Destructive Testing and FOD Detection

Composite Check

Stress Check 

FOD View

C Check IR

Crack Check

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.

Autometrix Automated Cutting and Digitizing Solutions

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.

biesse

BIESSE High Performance 5 Axis CNC Machines for Automated Drilling, Honeycomb Machining, Composites and Metallic Machining and Routing

BIESSE is an internationally recognized manufacturer of high performance CNC machines designed with innovative features and functionality.  From composites, to aluminum, honeycomb and titanium Biesse has proven solutions for your aerospace applications.  Companies such as UTAS, GE, Spirit depend on Biesse to provide them reliable and productive equipment.  We look forward to helping you!

Excellence in Custom Automation Solutions

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.
Aligned Vision

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.

Automation Ply Picker

ARM Automation, develops and delivers custom-engineered equipment and automation solutions for the best return on investment to our customers.

Aligned Vision

The Arcadia Aerospace Industries Team offer manufacturers a reliable high-quality and self managed alternative to in-house Nondestructive Inspection (NDI). The AAI alternative to in-house NDI and CMM offers diverse and extensive solutions in custom inspection machinery, tooling fabrication, application development and automation for rate requirements.

Additive AI

Additive Ai is a sales and service provider in the realm of Reverse engineering and 3D surface inspection. Our scanners are metrology grade packaged with Aerospace’s top certification ISO9001 certified which is part of the AS9100 certification​.

3D laser scanners output hundreds of thousands of points per second, this gives a high density of points compared to a probe based system like CMM. Detect surface variation, tooling , machined parts, 3D printed part inspection.