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Filament Winding Machine Automation

Schauenburg Flexadux Corporation is a company that manufactures ducting for mining applications.

The main activity of Global Basalt Engineering LLC is creation of effective productions on release of continuous basalt fiber (СBF) with technologies of the last generation and composites on the basis of СBF (Basalt Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites as BFRP).

This ducting can range from one foot in diameter to seven feet in diameter. The current machine, which produces the ducting, has been used for over 30 years. No major improvements have been made over the years, and producing the ducting is labor intensive. This machine is manually controlled by a series of push buttons and adjustment knobs.

This lack of automation can lead to flawed ducting or wasted material. The primary goal of this project is to design, build, and test a one-tenth scale fiberglass filament winding machine and a full-scale industrial controls system that is capable of automating the manufacturing process. The project was broken into constructing five main elements: the main frame, the traversing frame, the traversing drive system, the rotary drive system, and the control system.

The winding machine will utilize a programmable logic controller, ladder logic code, a human machine interface, rotary encoders, and variable frequency drives to control the accuracy and automation of the machine. The test bed will function as a platform that Schauenburg can use for testing new duct sizes as well as new fiberglass weave patterns. Overall, the automation of the machine should reduce flawed ducting as well as eliminate wasted material.


Companies: Schauenburg Flexadux Corporation

Technologies: Filament Winding

Terms: Allen Bradley, Brison Klein, CMU, Colorado Mesa University, Ducting, filament, Filament winding, filament winding machine, filament winding process, HMI, Industrial Controls, Mechanical Engineering, Mining, PLC, Schauenburg, Senior, Senior Project, University of Colorado, Variable Frequency Drives, VFD, winding

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