Automated tape laying (ATL)

Overview

Allows the rapid deposition of composite pre-impregnated tapes to either a flat or curved tool to produce complex parts. This method allows the deposition of both individual plies directly on the tool or may stack the plies in the correct orientation prior to placement on the tool.

Advantages

  • Reduces cost cycle time
  • Manufacture of flat or curved assemblies
  • Manufacture of large, up to 14m, structures in one go
  • Automated process
  • Increase accuracy, repeatability, quality

Used on

  • Airbus A400M composite wing spar
  • Airbus A340 landing flap