Mikrosam Supplies AFP Suite to GKN Fokker

December 09 2019

GKN Fokker has selected Mikrosam to deliver advanced equipment for development of aircraft parts with thermoplastic composites (TPC). This suite includes Mikrosam’s latest Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) machine, slitting equipment for thermoplastic prepregs and a custom-engineered thermoplastic consolidating machine. When installed, this equipment will add to GKN Fokker’s advanced manufacturing and R&D capabilities to produce complex 3D parts for the aviation industry.

Designed as an integrated, modular, and upgradeable AFP work-cell, the 8-axis robotic AFP machine is capable of automated and precise placement of thermoplastic fibers. Mikrosam’s AFP heads are also designed with flexibility and time-saving features. This ensures customers with high reliability, productivity and flexibility in advanced composites manufacturing.

To complement the AFP system, GKN Fokker will receive equipment for wide and narrow prepreg tape slitting and rewinding to prepare spools. Additionally, Mikrosam will deliver a custom-engineered consolidation press for advanced products made of thermoplastic composites. This contract allows GKN Fokker to continue its advances in utilizing thermoplastics composites for aviation and presents a strong vote of confidence in Mikrosam’s capabilities in equipment for thermoplastic composites.

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