Aerospace and automotive industries continue to replace traditional metallic parts with those made of composites materials. Due to this trend, composites parts manufacturers are struggling to keep up with increasing part production rates. Businesses must decide between hiring more employees and adopting more progressive manufacturing techniques. High startup costs often deter companies from buying into an automated layup. Even with the substantial initial investment, top aerospace companies have embraced this process and capitalize from the many benefits of automated manufacturing. Automation does not fit every business model. This presentation aims to educate readers on whether or not automation is right for them.
- Gain exposure to some of the nuances of automated composites manufacturing
- Understand the benefits of automated composites layup
- What to consider before investing in automated equipment
Why Is It Important?
Automated composites equipment is no longer a fantasy but has real-world merit. Top aerospace companies readily use and are successful with the technology. As the technology continues to prove its place in production, suppliers need to start considering if they should bring the technology in-house.