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15th March 2019, The Hague

Airborne brings Automated Kitting system to JEC World

Kitting machine. © Airborne

Kitting machine. © Airborne

This week at JEC World 2019 in Paris Airborne showed the integrated automated ply cutting, handling, stacking and sorting solution for composites and advanced materials live at the Aerospace Planet. The partnership with Gunnar and Schmalz offers fully integrated systems for the composite manufacturing industry, enabling maximised composite material utilisation with flexibility, high reliability and digital traceability.

“As OEM’s and suppliers in the aerospace industry are searching for ways to optimise their current production lines, the time pressure for coming up with a solution leaves manufacturers struggling to keep pace,” the company explains. “The manual processes are slowing companies down. On top of that, large companies like Airbus and Boeing have pushed their suppliers during the last couple of years to cut cost, reducing suppliers’ profits. Therefore, manufacturers must look at new ways to take their production optimisation to the next level: by implementing new and innovative ways such as automated and digital manufacturing.”

To show these new ways of manufacturing, Airborne and its technology partners Gunnar and Schmalz, presented the Automated Kitting system, working live at the Aerospace Planet at JEC World. The translation from nesting files to machine controls and sorting optimisation is fully automated by Airborne’s proprietary algorithms and works on-the-fly. Airborne also has a partnership with Plataine to offer an integrated solution for both dynamic nesting and Automated Kitting.

Visualisation of integrated cutting and sorting system. © Airborne

Visualisation of integrated cutting and sorting system. © Airborne

The Automated Kitting solution ensures full digital tracking of the sorting and is said to eliminate any mistakes. At the JEC World Aerospace Planet, visitors experienced the entire value chain shown in one combined manufacturing robot-cell.

“This system has three important advantages for those implementing it into their production. It is fully automated, saving labour cost. It is fully digital, which saves a lot on ensuring material traceability and quality control ensuring no sorting mistakes are made,” said Marcus Kremers, CTO of Airborne.

“And it has a fully automated workflow, giving you maximum flexibility in operation without losing control. In a running factory, demand can change every day. This system allows you to follow the daily needs of operations and saves on material waste. And without head-aches, as the system solves it for you.”

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