TW 510X2 is designed to wrap composite tape materials around a mandrel, which
will subsequently be removed after curing to form a finished composite tube.
Two tapes can simultaneously be wrapped, each with independent tension and
application angle adjustments. The ability to infinitely adjust the wrap angle
in three axis facilitates wrinkle free evenly tensioned wrap layers. Proper
compaction of mandrel-wrapped composites is absolutely essential to the quality
of the finished product. Many of the machines previously on the market did not
provide sufficiently accurate control of laypitch, nor compensation for tape
twist. The TW 510X2 allows greater
flexibility in low-quantity production, and greater repeatability for mass
production. Better manufacturing frees
design engineers to develop more innovative products. Active feedback provides
accurate, independent control of compaction pressure on both reels
simultaneously. The servo drive system maintains a uniform, programmable lay
pitch across the entire speed range, even during ramp-up or ramp-down. And the
unique, separately pivoting heads allow for zero - or a specific- angle of
twist on the tapes during wrapping, eliminating wrinkles and pockets.
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.