Complex geometries, multi-material components, tailored reinforcements

The SAMBA Series production systems enable manufacturing of a variety of different patch laminates with a single equipment configuration. In addition to excellent mechanical properties – achieved by fiber orientation perfectly aligned to load paths – the patch laminate comes with an impressive appearance that your customer will be excited about. Most of our customers use Fiber Patch Placement for the following applications:
Application example: sandwich structures

Multi-material components

Exemplary applications

  • Aerospace sandwich structures, e.g. fairings, nacelle structures, radomes, control surfaces, UAV structures
  • Metal-metal bonding with adhesives

Key features of FPP technology

  • Lay-up of different materials with one system
  • Adjustable gaps/overlaps of individual patches according to requirements
  • Controlled high compaction pressure during lay-up
  • Comprehensive quality control protocol with all process parameters

Your advantages with FPP

  • Up to 60% time and cost savings compared to manual lay-up
  • Automated lay-up of auxiliary materials
  • Reduction or elimination of intermediate debulking steps
Application example: complex geometry

Complex geometries

Exemplary applications

  • Window frames
  • Air ducts
  • Battery boxes and covers
  • Prosthetics and orthotics
  • Helmets

Key features of FPP technology

  • Patch sizes from small (e.g. 20 mm x 60 mm) to large (200 mm x 300 mm)
  • Automated direct 3D lay-up
  • Self-corrective, integrated material and positioning control
  • Controlled high compaction pressure during lay-up

Your advantages with FPP

  • 20% – 60% time and cost savings compared to manual lay-up
  • Significant reduction of material scrap
  • Product variants easily realizable
  • Efficiency at low volume batch production through quick-exchange tool connector
Application example: H2 tank dome reinforcement

Tailored reinforcements

Exemplary applications

  • Pressure tank dome reinforcement
  • Panel and board reinforcements
  • Reinforcements for holes, joints, etc.

Key features of FPP technology

  • Patch sizes from small (e.g. 20 mm x 60 mm) to large (200 mm x 300 mm)
  • Robust placement process on many substrate materials
  • Self-corrective, integrated quality control
  • Controlled high compaction pressure during lay-up

Your advantages with FPP

  • Over 20% material savings
  • Local tailoring of laminate properties
  • Improvement of mechanical properties
  • Comprehensive, fully automated production solution

Industry sectors

Particularly for aerospace industry, structural weight is crucial. Every pound, saved by using high-strength fiber composite components, reduces the kerosene consumption – and saves money. With Fiber Patch Placement, the mechanical properties of the carbon fibers can be optimally exploited. The load-path-oriented alignment increases stiffness and strength of the component by up to 150% while using up to 30% less material.

For automotive industry, lightweight construction is one of the key factors to manage the energy turnaround. Fiber-reinforced plastics are already being used, but the existing production processes are far from fully exploiting the potential of the fibers. With Fiber Patch Placement, you can significantly increase the lightweight potential of your structural parts. Also conventional laminates can be reinforced with patches so that a high weight reduction is possible. In addition, short cycle times can be achieved with a high deposition speed of patches.

In medical devices, especially in orthotics and prosthetics, composites are high in demand thanks to its low weight, warm and soft touch, fatigue strength under continuous dynamic stresses, and its X-ray transparency. Fiber Patch Placement allows you to automate the production of your complex component in reproducible quality and high volume.

Wherever overall weight and dynamic movement of mass matter, fiber composites offer intelligent solutions for enhancing the overall productivity of equipment while saving energy and reducing Costs at the same time. The high stiffness of composite components enables fast and dynamic movements with high precision and a long life cycle. With Fiber Patch Placement, you can produce complex components for your equipment, drives and systems fully automated with a precise fit and documented high quality. Gain a competitive edge and leap in front of your competition with intelligent lightweight solutions!

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We offer a cost-free evaluation and economic analysis for your application with FPP.