WIT Press


Process Innovation In Composite Manufacturing By Filament Winding: A Managerial Assessment

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/HPSM040031

Volume

76

Pages

13

Published

2004

Size

517 kb

Author(s)

G. Dionoro, M.T. Pilloni & D. Romano

Abstract

The paper presents a managerial assessment of Robotic Filament Winding (RFW), a promising manufacturing technology in the composite materials industry. Parts are fabricated in automated cells where fibre filaments coated with a polymeric matrix are wound by the robot on a rotating mandrel. While former FW uses rigid automation or Cartesian robots to produce medium-tolarge size parts with simple axis-symmetric shape, the recent introduction of anthropomorphic robots has enabled the manufacture of small-to-medium size parts with complex shape. Nearly freeform deposition paths are generated by a suitable software program and realised by the anthropomorphic robot thanks to its additional motion degrees of freedom. The potential of the emerging technology, as compared with the conventional one, is

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