Innovative Automated Production in Filament Winding
Filament winding and other processes like RTM, vacuum infusion, lay-up & placement, pultrusion can (to varying extent) be further automated. Autonational Composites can integrate, automate, expand and upgrade any filament winding production process for high volume production; but also for low volumes that require high accuracy and reproducibility.
Composite parts contain besides glass, more and more Carbon, Kevlar and other fibers. Product examples include tanks, (pressure) vessels, tubes, pipes, drive shafts, prop shafts, cones, slide bearings and all other cylindrical shapes.
We supply solutions based on our standard modular equipment which we customize to your specifications if required. Output, efficiency, quality, reliability and reproducibility are critical issues for many industries in order to reduce costs and increase competitiveness. More information about common composite manufacturing processes can be found here: Composite Production Processes.
Autonational Composites uses existing technologies and we invent what does not exist. We focus on the markets: Aerospace, Automotive, Industry and Infrastructure. Please feel free to contact us directly to discuss your challenge!
Experience & Filament Winding
During its 40 years of experience, Autonational Composites has increasingly specialized itself in automating composite production processes. Autonational Composites has supplied the worlds’ larger tube producers with filament winding solutions for various markets. Examples are fully automated production lines and complete factories for the production of Glass-fiber Reinforced Epoxy (GRE) and Glass-fiber Reinforced Polyester (GRP) pipes. One of our specialties is Continuous Filament Winding voor polyester pipe production (CFW). Our winding technology has been designed to wind non-cylindrical or asymmetric composite products as well. Product diameters vary from 10 to 11000 mm.
Autonational Continuous Winding Technology
Our Continuous Glass fibre Reinforced Polyester (CFRP or CGRP) winding technology specifically has proven over the years to deliver cost effective products of consistent quality at the high output rates that today’s markets require. Autonational has improved the performance of continuous winding equipment, on all of these aspects, with a number of developments, including a revolutionary mandrel strip transport system. The options to have a fully automated and integrated GRP pipe production plant, and the user-friendly operation of our equipment, again highlight our efforts to increase output and decrease the costs per manufactured pipe.
High-End Composite Components
In recent years Autonational Composites has focused also on high-end products, e.g. high specification composites components for aerospace, automotive and the petrochemical industry. Examples of these products are multi-layer composite bearings, fuel pipes, drive shafts, special couplings, etc. We are able to upscale & improve production capacity, efficiency (e.g. reduction of scrap), reliability and reproducibility and we offer advanced solutions for resin mixing and dosing, Track & Trace (e.g. RFID), and handling of materials.
Autonational Composites has developed special molds to produce high-end complex shaped structural profiles and beams, suitable for serial production of thermoplastic prepreg composite products by use of Autoclave molding. Furthermore, Autonational Composites has developed production line concepts for semi-automated serial production of high-specification structural profiles and beams made of (thermoplastic) prepreg composite materials.
Renovation, Expansion & Optimization of Existing Equipment
Autonational Composites has also extensive experience in updating existing filament winding machinery / production lines. In some cases, it is more interesting to renovate than to provide new. Often feasibility studies may reveal the possibilities.
Turn-Key & One-Stop-Shop
Autonational Composites offers in-house assembly and machining facilities, installation & commissioning, and turn-key delivery on-site anywhere in the world. This results a true one-stop-shop concept for all your composite automation solutions and special machinery.
Innovative Development Partner
As an innovative development partner, we cooperate in every step of the design process, from feasibility study and concept/prototyping to turn-key delivery. We offer you the best technical solution with the lowest total cost of ownership. In addition, we design, integrate and supply vital test and re-work equipment with advanced Track & Trace options. Autonational Composites uses 3D simulation technologies to visualize your machinery and production line. This can be an important support in the different phases of your project. Read more
Multi-Disciplinary Project Teams
Autonational Composites employs talented and experienced engineers from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds who are part of dedicated multi-disciplinary project teams. This allows Autonational Composites to be flexible and versatile in implementing new and diverse technologies into the best possible solution. read more
We form partnerships with innovative players in the composite industry, for example:
Projects & Confidentiality
Due to the innovative and thus confidential nature of our projects, Autonational Composites is used to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). Therefore we cannot share comprehensive information about our complete project portfolio. Instead, we offer you a selection of examples. Please feel free to contact us directly to discuss your project case!
To give you an idea of our competences and capabilities, please find here some (non-confidential) project references.
Technologies & Competences
Autonational Composites offers custom equipment and machinery for a wide variety of applications, that comply with international regulations. The equipment can be automated to any degree desired and with any technology required. Autonational Composites is competent in various fields of technology and can incorporate, if need be, the latest technologies into its automation solutions. We supply solutions based on our standard modular equipment which we customize to your specifications if required. Our competencies and technologies are: Composite Production Consultancy , Modular Winding Systems, Processing Equipment, Process Knowledge, Resin & Fiber Handling, Curing Systems, Mandrels, Handling & Storage, Calibration Equipment, Track & Trace Equipment, Test Systems, Automated tape layup production line concepts and Autoclave molds for (thermoplastic) prepregs. A complete overview of all our technologies & competences can be found here
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