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Improving AFP Cell Performance

Journal Article
ISSN: 1946-3855, e-ISSN: 1946-3901
Published September 16, 2014 by SAE International in United States
Improving AFP Cell Performance
Citation: Rudberg, T., Nielson, J., Henscheid, M., and Cemenska, J., "Improving AFP Cell Performance," SAE Int. J. Aerosp. 7(2):317-321, 2014,
Language: English


The Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) machine layup run time in large scale AFP layup cells consumes approximately 30% of the entire part build time. Consequentially, further reductions to the run time of the AFP machine part programs result in small improvements to the overall cycle time. This document discusses how Electroimpact's integrated system and cell design reduces the overall cycle time by reducing the time spent on non-machine processes.