At this year’s JEC World Show, visitors had an opportunity to discover the latest and most innovative AFP/ATL robotic solutions – TAURUS, LIBRA AND DISCOVERY – for unlimited possibilities in manufacturing composites. Mikrosam is continually supporting companies focusing on multi-material and bi-directional placement processes. With TAURIS, LIBRA and DISCOVERY, companies will have an opportunity to decide which of these three new solutions is the smartest and most technological investment for their demanding production needs.
TAURUS is the perfect solution for achieving the highest productivity production process of large aerospace flying composite part. It provides high lay down rates retaining the stringent quality requirements of structural composites with up to 6 meters diameter and 30 meters length. TAURUS integrates the following functions in a single solution:
- Advanced 16-tow AFP head
- Fast exchangeable with thermoplastic ATL head
- Laser projection
- Advanced online inspection system and verification after each ply placement.
LIBRA is the most versatile and flexible type of AFP/ATL platform, capable of producing composite parts with a diameter of up to 2.5 meters and 12 meters long, using 8-tow AFP head or thermoplastic ATL head. It is ideal for customers looking for a complete freedom in designing and manufacturing medium to large sized flat or countered composites.
DISCOVERY is the ideal AFP/ATL robotic solution for developing production concepts and demonstrating feasibility by prototyping. It features either a 4 tow AFP or ATL head, and is intended for production of smaller composite parts with 1 meter diameter and 2 meters length.
TAURUS, LIBRA and DISCOVERY can be customized and are compatible with thermoplastic, thermoset and dry fibers layup placement processes. All three solutions have a built in user-friendly programming and simulation software MikroPlace and Quality Control System (QCS).
“Mikrosam addresses not only the aerospace but also, automotive, marine, gas and oil and piping industry’s drive for efficiency and flexibility in composites production by introducing TAURUS, LIBRA and DISCOVERY. These innovative AFP/ATL robotic solutions are designed for manufacturing premium quality products of complex shapes by offering high precision and dynamic movement. They are capable of switching from automated fiber placement to automated tape laying in a matter of minutes thus saving millions of dollars in equipment, infrastructure and labor costs, necessary for two different systems” – says Samoil Samak, Mikrosam’s Vice President.
Mikrosam AD, based in Prilep, Macedonia, is globally-recognized leader in developing customized machines and know-how for the composites industry. Mikrosam has recognized mastery in composite manufacturing having installed more than 230 production machines and lines at some of the most demanding customers in over 40 countries around the world, including Germany, Sweden, USA, Japan, Russia, China, India, Korea among others. Engineers at Mikrosam, working closely with each customer, develop specialized highly-advanced machines with unique knowledge from proven solutions in: prepreg production, 6-axis filament winding, most advanced fully-automated production of CNG and LPG tanks, to highly complex parts requiring integration of AFP/ATL gantry and robot based machines, all integrated with own software for motion-control and process automation.
Industries: Aerospace, Automotive and Road Transportation, Electrical, Electronics, Telecoms & Appliances, Energy, Marine Transportation and Shipbuilding, Oil & Gas, Other Composite End-use areas, Railway Vehicles & Infrastructure, Sports, Leisure & Recreation
Technologies: Other Processing Method