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Automated Composite Manufacturing Using Off-the-shelf Automation Equipment – A Case from the Space Industry
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8015-3039
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Machine Design. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1646-5817
RUAG Space AB, Linköping, Sweden.
2014 (English)In: Proceedings of the 16th European Conference on Composite Materials, 22nd-26th June 2014, Seville, Spain, 2014Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A novel approach to the manufacturing of composite products using off-the-shelf automation equipment is explored in this article. A manufacturing concept for a specific product is developed and analyzed, from a technical perspective, in order to find areas where off-the-shelf automation equipment can be used. The article also highlights areas where case-specific solutions need to be developed. In this particular case, off-the-shelf automation equipment can be used for most of the tasks that the manufacturing system needs to perform. The most challenging process is identified as the application of adhesive. The manufacturing concept described in the article shows that it is possible to build a system for the manufacturing of composite components using a high degree of off-the-shelf automation equipment.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014.
Keyword [en]
composite, automation, off-the-shelf, adhesive joining
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-109107ISBN: 978-84-616-9798-4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-109107DiVA: diva2:736752
Conference
16th European Conference on Composite Materials (ECCM16), June 22-26, 2014, Seville, Spain
Available from: 2014-08-08 Created: 2014-08-08 Last updated: 2016-09-26
In thesis
1. Enabling Automation of Composite Manufacturing through the Use of Off-The-Shelf Solutions
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Enabling Automation of Composite Manufacturing through the Use of Off-The-Shelf Solutions
2014 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Composite materials offer an appealing combination of low weight and high strength that is especially sought after in high-performance applications. The use of composite materials has and is continuing to increase, and the use of the material has been shown to provide substantial weight savings in for example aircraft design. With an increased use of composite materials follows an increased demand for cost-efficient manufacturing methods.

Composite products are in many cases manufactured either by manual operations or by the use of complex automated solutions associated with high investment costs. The objective for this research is to explore an approach to develop automated composite manufacturing based on commercially available off-the-shelf solutions as an alternative to the existing automated solutions for composite manufacturing.

The research, which was carried out in collaboration with industrial partners within the aerospace sector, is based on a demonstrator-centered research approach. Three conceptual demonstrators, focusing on three different manufacturing methods and a number of physical demonstrators, are used to show that off-the-shelf solutions can be used for automated manufacturing of composite products.

Two aspects that affect if it is possible to use off-the-shelf solutions for automated composite manufacturing are the rigorous quality standards used by the aerospace industry and the great variety in product properties and material properties that is associated with composite manufacturing.

The advantages in using off-the-shelf solutions has shown to be that the solutions generally are associated with low investments and that published information about the solutions, and the solutions themselves, is generally available for evaluation and testing. When working with the demonstrators it has been shown to be useful to break down a manufacturing system into basic tasks and consider off-the-shelf solutions for each particular task. This approach facilitates the search for a suitable off-the-shelf solution to solve a particular task. However, each of the separate tasks can affect other areas of the manufacturing system, and an overall systems perspective is required to find solutions that are compatible with the entire manufacturing system.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2014. 87 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Thesis, ISSN 0280-7971 ; 1692
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics Materials Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-111936 (URN)10.3384/lic.diva-111936 (DOI)978-91-7519-183-6 (ISBN)
Presentation
2014-11-20, C3, C-huset, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 10:15 (Swedish)
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