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27th September 2018, Steffenberg

Roth introduces robot filament winding machines

Roth Composite Machinery has completed its range of products with Robot Filament Winding Machines. This technology implies that the fibre delivery eye – used for the fibre guide during the winding – is moved by means of a six-axis robot. The plants are particularly suitable for development purposes and for the small-series manufacture of products for light-weight applications, the company explains.

“Due to the completion of our delivery programme, we now meet every customer requirement with the appropriate solution as regards the filament winding technology. Our machines and production lines cover all manufacturing processes – from the development through small series up to mass production,” commented Bernd Fischer, Sales Director of the company.

The company now offers robot filament winding machines. © Roth Composite Machinery

“Besides the Robot Filament Winding Machine, we also offer our machine Type 1-ECO for small to medium series and for manual workplaces, as well as our Filament Winding Machine FWA 1 for big series and fully automated mass productions.” The first Robot Filament Winding Machines have already been sold and the deliveries will be carried out soon, he added.

Modular design, short delivery periods

Regarding the new machine programme, Roth Composite Machinery cooperates with a leading manufacturer of robots and combines the latest robot technology with its experience of more than 50 years in the field of fibre winding.

Due to the standardisation of the fibre guide and the motion system of the winding axes, the manufacturer says it can offer an attractive price-performance ratio. The machine concepts are said to stand out with their modular design, as well as short delivery and installation periods. The plants are especially used in research institutes and universities. While a CNC machine (computerized numerical control machine) equipped with modern control technology is automatically manufacturing products in large quantities, the winding robot is suitable for small quantities being produced at low winding speeds.

Know-how from one provider

Components of the Robot Filament Winding Machines of Roth Composite Machinery are the impregnating station, the fibre unwinding unit, as well as the fibre delivery device based on the proven Roth technology.

The company now offers robot filament winding machines. © Roth Composite Machinery

Here, the company says it can rely on thorough knowledge in the process engineering as regards each individual manufacturing step. Only the fine adjustment of each production step during the filament winding process leads to an optimal result. Thus, for example, the correct use of the impregnating bath or the precisely regulated fibre tension during the winding process are key factors for achieving a first-class product quality as regards the manufactured parts.

As general contractor, Roth has the know-how for the conception of complete production processes from the filament winding technology to the demoulding. This also includes the design and the development of components, as well as the prototype manufacture. Roth gives advice as to the material selection and regarding all details of the manufacturing process.

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