The seven-axis Viper 1200 CNC fiber-placement system is a compact version of the larger Viper 3000. The system extends the full benefits of computer-controlled fiber placement to makers of smaller, highly contoured structural aircraft composite parts, such as tail and wing spars, pivot shafts, and flex beams. Viper 1200 provides a one-step fabrication process for the manufacture of simple or complex, symmetrical or asymmetrical, solid or core sandwich advanced composite parts.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.