Composite Winders and Slitters

Converting Equipment for Advanced Composites

Independent Machine Company brings over 50 years of  experience in building slitters, winders, laminators and other types of converting equipment to the advanced composites materials manufacturing space.  Their slitters are slitting material for AFP machines in multiple locations in the US, Europe and Asia.  Their cross ply laminators have been making stringer pre-charge blanks for over 20 years.  Their  exclusive “Zero Backbend”  technology enables the slitting of thermoset prepreg without removing or distorting the backing material.  The slitters can be furnished with inspection systems and splicing stations.
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This video is of a 29 position slitter spooler delivered to a major Tier 1 aerospace supplier.  It converted carbon fiber prepreg unidirectional material from 15″ wide parent rolls to 1/4″ and 1/2″ fibers.  The spools were intended to be used on an AFP machine.  It included an inspection system that continuously monitored the quality of the slits with regard to dimensional accuracy, FOD, fuzz balls, etc.  Defects were tracked in a manufacturing process historian.  Production information was available to the MRP/ERP system.  Remote monitoring by the manufacturer to facilitate trouble shooting in the field.

Composite Winders and Slitters

IMC wide web pancake slitter

IMC wide Web Pancake Slitter. Bring your slitting in house with IMC equipment.
We can go from 48″ wide parent rolls to .25″ traverse wound spools suitable
for AFP or ATL or FW.
IMC 48 Position 12" Pre-Preg Slitter for AFP

24 Station Slitter/Spooler SmartWinder 2000

Slitting & 24 Position Computerized Smartwinder™ Traverse Winding System for spooling unidirectional prepreg with interleaf.

Zero Backbend 48 Position SmartWinder Slitter

Zero Backbend Slitting & 48 Position Computerized Smartwinder XL™ System for spooling unidirectional prepreg with interleaf. Includes liner rewind, heat splice & dust containment system.

16 Inch WideTurret

16″ Wide Turret with Auto Cut & Transfer for reinforced thermoplastic material to work inline with a continuous pultrusion process

Narrow Width Slitter

Narrow Width Slitter with tension controlled unwind, auto edge guide, heat/splice, shear slitting, edge trim & cantilevered liner rewind operating inline with computerized Smartwinder™ spooling modules.

24 Inch Wide Slitter Duplex/Rewind

24” Wide Slitter/Duplex Rewind with Inspection capability and “ZeroBackbend” . Specifically designed for single or multi-ply unidirectional prepreg with liner, this unique design prevents delamination.

24 Inch Wide Slitter Duplex/Rewind Zero Backbend

24” Wide Slitter/Duplex Rewind with Inspection capability and “ZeroBackbend” . Specifically designed for single or multi-ply unidirectional prepreg with liner, this unique design prevents delamination.

24 Inch Wide Slitter Duplex/Rewind Zero Backbend

72” Wide Slitter Duplex/Rewind with the exclusive IMC “ZeroBackbend” for advanced composites unidirectional tape. Includes inspection/splice and liner unwinds and rewinds.

Independent Machine Company’s innovative Cross Ply Laminator eliminates forever the wasteful and tedious process of making multi-ply unidirectional charges for stringers, floor beams and other multi-laminate structures.  It uses conventional 12″ or 24″ wide material and fabricates rolls of multi-ply laminations with variably adjustable cross plies.  Systems have been in place for over 30 years.

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IMC Cross Ply Laminator

IMC Advanced Composites Automated Delivery and laminating system

IMC Cross Ply Laminator and Material Delivery System

IMC Advanced Composites Automated Delivery and laminating system

IMC Thermoformer