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 automated layup. Yet even with a substantial initial investment, top aerospace have adopted this process and capitalize from the many benefits of automated layup. Automation does not fit every business model. This presentation aims to educate readers on whether or not automation is right for them.
- Determine some of the nuances of automated composites manufacturing
- Understand the benefits of automated composites layup
- Familiarize yourself with the considerations to make before investing in automated equipment