MAG Introduces New VIPER Gantry Fiber Placement System for Supersize Wind Energy and Aerospace Parts

february 7 2012

MAG's new VIPER 7000 vertical gantry fiber placement system builds on the company's wide range of modular product platforms, bringing the advantages of unlimited part length and multiple work zones to supersize wind energy and aerospace part production. The first VIPER 7000 unit will be available for making parts this month, and has already been sold to Astraeus Wind Energy for automated layup of wind turbine blades and other large wind energy parts.

The new gantry system introduces a wide range of processing advantages to fiber placement work. The system consumes less overall floor space than a conventional system using mandrel-mounted tooling. The VIPER 7000 accommodates both fixed floor-mounted or rotation tooling in either Outer Mold Line (OML) or Inner Mold Line (IML) configurations. The gantry platform is available in low-rail or in-floor styles, and can be any length required, in addition to mounting multiple gantries if desired. Options include a dockable head and 32-creel magazine load.

The VIPER 7000 Fiber Placement System precisely lays 32 tows of carbon or glass-fiber prepreg tape, utilizing tow widths of 3.25, 6.35 or 12.7 mm (0.125, 0.25, or 0.5 inch) to create a total band width up to 406 mm or 16 inches. With many patented features, such as segmented compaction roller, backing film removal, and individual cut-clamp-restart head, the VIPER 7000 can change ply angle "on the fly," maintain a constant angle on a complex surface and add or cut individual tows at any time. Programmable processing options include fiber steering, parallel path, fixed path and limited parallel path.

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