The flexible production cell
Reliable manufacturing of preforms is the basis for high-quality composite leaf-spring components. The key criteria for this are placement accuracy, system performance, and laying rate – all accompanied by high levels of process stability and system availability.
For this manufacturing technology, Fill has developed a flexible production cell for laying and preforming pre-impregnated composite materials (prepregs)
The priority here is maximum flexibility based on simple programming plus rapid component type changes, thereby guaranteeing constant capacity utilization of the machine.
From a roll of raw material, a linear unit removes individual strips in predefined lengths and places them on a provisioning table. From there, two robots grip the individual cuttings and manipulate them to the draping fixture, where they are laid down. A pressure roller located on a third robot then executes the appropriate consolidation process.
Layer length and the number of layers are freely selectable and can be adjusted accordingly per spring, if required, due to an integrated weighing system in the draping fixture.
- Flexible process design for different component geometries
Short set-up times when changing tools
Individually adjustable pre-consolidation steps
Raw material changeover in the non-productive time
Cooling system for controlling the material processing temperature
Input material: Rolled material (mm)
width: 50 to 100
Max. roll weight (kg)
Layer length (mm)
150 to 1,500
Max. component curvature (mm)
Siemens Simatic S7-1500
Image processing system for residual film detection on the material
Web edge guidance of the decoiling fixture
Integration of provided press systems
Technical specifications subject to change .