Automated fiber placement (AFP) machines used in aerospace manufacturing spend much of their existence doing nothing. The challenge for next generation AFP cells is to increase layup time as a percentage of total cell time while maintaining the great strides in laydown rate. Review of production data between two AFP cells shows that a well-managed cell can achieve double the layup time of a typical cell. In one cell the machine spends only 19% of its time laying carbon. Another cell exhibits an exemplary layup time of 42%, more than double a typical cell. The data also shows that a majority of cell time is used for activities that are NOT layup. Methods aimed to reduce time used for non-layup activities will be discussed.
- Understand what to expect from today’s best managed AFP cells
- Understand what how to improve cell utilization
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