Working closely with Electroimpact, WITTENSTEIN engineers worked to update an AFP machine design with the Galaxie®. The results were profound – increased productivity, reduced stress on machine components, and increased positioning accuracy making it possible to produce large parts like aircraft wing spars and skins in a single piece. These optimized AFP machines now also have cutting-edge contouring abilities, which help aerospace engineers produce more slender and aerodynamically ideal wings. Zero backlash can be realized throughout the drive system’s entire lifetime through selective inner tensioning and the build-up of a hydrodynamic lubrication fi lm during surface contact. On top of this, the compact design permits more flexible motion control for use in the rotary axes.
Electroimpact is an established world leader in the design and manufacturing of aerospace tooling and automation. It’s wide range of projects include complete automation assembly systems for commercial aircraft wings, riveting machines with tools for wing panel and fuselage assembly, both robotic and machined-based automatic fiber placement systems (AFPs), robotic drilling and assembly systems, and spacecraft handling equipment.
Used to produce large and complex composite parts for companies such as Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier, Embraer and NASA, AFP systems are highly technical and complex. Electroimpact continuously seeks to challenge current benchmarks and improve its machine designs, and in 2016 they achieved a quantum leap in performance, scale and precision of the AFP technology, with WITTENSTEIN Galaxie® system.