Aerospace

  • Cygnet Texkimp offer a range of filament winding equipment for multifilament tows. Solutions are tailored to the application with the number of axis dependent on component complexity.

    The most complex version of a filament winder is the newly released 3D winding system. This system has 9 individual axes and the ability to wind around complex shapes. This concept was awarded the innovation in manufacture award by the Composites UK trade association.

  • Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are vehicles that have been programmed to a routine of activities and use sensors to guide their motion through a defined space. The control of the vehicle through routines are updated with information from sensors within the physical space and/or attached to the vehicle. The AGVs can also exchange data and information to and from the factory’s physical inventory.

    A common application for Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) is for the movement of packages around a plant and inventory control of large creel systems. Modern carbon fibre lines, for example, make use of large packages up to 500kg, with upward of 400 positions in the creel. AGVs can be used to transport these large packages and minimise the amount of physical labour required. For such a system the frequency of creel changeover and the time desired for reloading the creel become critical factors for the design of the system and the selection of an AGV.

  • Chopping lines are an integrated system supplied around a chopping technology that has been selected to meet the productivity and product quality specifications required by the end application. Chopping lines can be either dry (direct) chopping or thermal, line that include baths and dryers in order to modify the surface coating of the material prior to chopping. Normally fibres or tapes are presented to a set of rotating rolls equipped with blades that cut the feedstock to the desired size and aspect. Operating cost and maintenance are key factors for consideration in the selection of the technology.

  • Compactors and Laminators operate by passing a material/substrate (paper, film, fibre, fabric) through a set of rotating rolls. Control of the gap between the rolls and the subsequent pressure imparted to the substrate is key to the function of the compactor or laminator. Often an additional material, such as resin, is added to the substrate, prior to the substrate passing through the compactor or laminator.
  • The Cygnet Texkimp Composite creels are designed for the unwinding of high performance multifilament packages into a large range of low and high speed downstream processes. Each creel is specifically designed and configured to accommodate the maximum number and diameter of packages, individual fibre, process and site requirements.

  • Driven unwind creel systems are a motorised spindle with tension control on each position, by use of a dancer arm mechanism. The drive motor is controlled using a signal feed-back from the dancer arm. The design concept is modular, allowing great flexibility over the layout, positioning of spindles and dancer arm. This system ensures the tension control is not affected by the changes in package size, acceleration or process speed.

  • Cygnet Texkimp offer a range of filament winding equipment for multifilament tows. Solutions are tailored to the application with the number of axis dependent on component complexity.

    The most complex version of a filament winder is the newly released 3D winding system. This system has 9 individual axes and the ability to wind around complex shapes. This concept was awarded the innovation in manufacture award by the Composites UK trade association.

  • Lifter loaders (manipulators) are an aid to picking and placing large and/or heavy objects over a defined distance.  Lifter loaders are a good selection when the number of lifts is limited to a manageable frequency. Lifter loaders involve a machine interface controlled by a local operator.  The lifter loader typically involves pneumatics or mechanics to lessen the effort required for the lift.  Optics, sensors and screen displays are used to assist the operator with the pick and placement of the load or the guidance of the lifting mechanism.  Lifter loaders require a structural interface (overhead rail or floor mounted stand) over the range of their motion.
  • Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are vehicles that have been programmed to a routine of activities and use sensors to guide their motion through a defined space. The control of the vehicle through routines are updated with information from sensors within the physical space and/or attached to the vehicle. The AGVs can also exchange data and information to and from the factory’s physical inventory.

    A common application for Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) is for the movement of packages around a plant and inventory control of large creel systems. Modern carbon fibre lines, for example, make use of large packages up to 500kg, with upward of 400 positions in the creel. AGVs can be used to transport these large packages and minimise the amount of physical labour required. For such a system the frequency of creel changeover and the time desired for reloading the creel become critical factors for the design of the system and the selection of an AGV.

  • Coating is the physical process of laying a liquid or solid onto the surface of a paper, fibre or fabric.  The objective is to achieve uniformity of coverage (uniformity of weight distribution) while controlling the variance of thickness of the coating. Coating is most typically seen in prepreg systems for the application of a resin to a paper or film.
  • Unwinding technology for Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) tow into a carbon fibre oxidation & carbonisation process. Cygnet Texkimp’s unique VHD CREEL design is the world leading technology for the processing of multi-filament precision wound packages into the ox-carb process.

    Cygnet Texkimp currently have in excess of 15,000 operational spindles installed globally. The layout of these large creels is designed over multiple levels to minimise their foot print and offering bespoke configurations. Integrated robotics and handling equipment is often included to minimise process down time and minimises fibre damage during loading.

  • Designed specifically for use with thermoset UD prepreg,  our slitting and spooling equipment gives the customer control of production costs, quality and logistics making the process more efficient and profitable.

    Our slitting and spooling technique produces FOD free product.

    Prepreg reclamation allows un-slit section of full width master roll to be rewound and reused for multiple passes.

    Single spooling module with four winding heads expandable to forty eight heads

  • The choice of spreading technique is customised to suit the process and requirements of the fibre in each application. Customisation is often achieved through lab testing at our facility.

    Spreading is integrated into processes such as impregnation, in order to enhance the penetration of a material into a substrate.

    In other processes, such as Uni-Directional (UD) Spreading, the objective is to achieve a target areal weight so that the material can be integrated into a composite with a tightly controlled fibre content in the composite.

  • Thermoplastic prepreg lines make use of a polymer system that has reoccurring plasticity with heat. The polymer can be heated and reheated multiple times, and typically flows as a liquid when hot. The use of thermoplastics in composites is less wide-spread than thermoset polymers & resins. Thermoplastics are seen as a lower cost, higher production rate alternative to the traditional thermoset prepregs, particularly given that thermoset prepregs, β-stage materials, have a limited shelf life, require temperature-controlled storage, and contain hazardous/noxious materials.

  • Thermoset prepreg lines are the most widely used. Thermoset resins require heat to cure the resin, therefore are sensitive to thermal inputs and dwell times. Thermoset lines produce a material referred to as beta-staged prepreg that, once produced, requires refrigeration to prevent additional curing of the resin.

  • Slitting and edge trimming units complement our range of web converting equipment, whether it be multi slit tapes or trim to width. Slitting methods available include rotary shear, crush cut and razor. Edge trim winders and venturi trim removals available. Suitable for a wide range of products including plastics, films, foils, foams, adhesive and non-adhesive High speed slitting at speeds in excess of 450 m/min
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