CAESA® Composites Suite

The main focus of the CAESA® Composites Suite is the automated and optimized generation of courses and layup programs for tows and tapes utilizing AFP and ATL technologies. The modules also provide extensive features to plan, visualize and analyse the laying of CFRP prepreg material. The software efficiently generates reliable NC programs for an Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) or Automated Tape Laying (ATL) manufacturing system.

TapeStation (TS)

The TS module facilitates a continuous process chain and closes the gap between part design and the manufacturing process. Key features include:
Adaptability (machine concepts, post processors)
Modular architecture
Extensibility
Product and process evaluation functionality

Tailored Wave Laminate (TWL)

The TWL module enables the user to map areas of high curvatures of the target geometry of the layup tooling. This supports the downstream forming process and increases the part quality.

Customized Coverage Generation (CCG)

The CCG increases the quality of the layup processes and this the quality of the part. Evaluating the process needs the following requirements:
Gap management (ply- and laminate-based)
Course Steering
Additional end-user specific requirements

TapeStation

The Configuration of the TS is based on scenarios and directly corresponds to the end-user specific requirements. This is specifically divided into three main areas known as the PPR (Product Process Resources)

Product

The product specifies the machine independent layup of the laminate. Key features include:
2D and 3D coverage calculation
Boundary and surface definition / import
Path generation for single tows, course and tapes
Product evaluation
Supported import formats include XAML and DXF

Process

The process links the programmed product with the manufacturing equipment. Key features include:
Simple product alignment in the manufacturing cell or machine
Multiple export formats (Sinumerik 840D sl, KRL, KUKA.CNC, ABB Rapid, etc)
Visualization of the layup process
Multiple playback options

Resources

Resources specify the manufacturing system and material model. Key features include:
Implementation of different kinematics (Industrial robots, Machining centres, External axes)
Generation of multiple material models
Import and visualization of 3D models (Machine, End-effector, Manufacturing cell)

Advantages

Global Advantages

Minimization of set-up time and optimization loops
Reduction of manufacturing cost in serial and batch production
Flexibility in the processing of different materials
Path generation for single tows, course and tapes
Optimization of product and process

Specific Advantages

Reduction in planning and production time
Continuous process chain from product layout to manufacturing process
Increase of resource and system efficiency
Increased production throughput and quality through early error detection
Automatic generation of efficient and reliable NC programs
Consideration of machine specific parameters
Monitoring of process relevant parameters
Emulation of the layup process
Modular and customizable software architecture

Use Cases

Original Equipment Manufacturer

Here the TS is adapted with respect to fast generation of manufacturing programs and almost no customizing is required for the resources. This minimizes the set-up time for different parts (batch production) and provides comfortable programming environment.

Machine Manufacturer

The machine manufacturer is provided with the tools to verify machine concepts and layup strategies. The software can be extended with new kinematic models and post processors in order to evaluate the equipment.

Institutes and Research Facility

One of the main requirements in research is the generation of manufacturing programs with emphasis on studied effects. Another is to verify new concepts with respect to machine models, process surveillance, or part models.

References

About us

SWMS Systemtechnik Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH is a consulting and technology company in the field of software conception and development, and virtual product development. Since 1996, SWMS has been helping companies to design complex business and engineering processes more professionally, more efficiently and in a manner that conserves more resources.
SWMS provides solutions that optimize business processes. Customers benefit from SWMS’ specific strengths in particular: profound engineering know-how combined with expert knowledge and experience in the optimization of business processes.
Highly motivated engineers from various disciplines use their experience, application expertise and their interdisciplinary methodological knowledge on a daily basis in order to realize creative solutions that provide the customer with a decisive competitive edge. The automation of recurring workflows and specially tailored solutions ensures significant progress in productivity and profitability. The objective of SWMS is to create flexible projects which, in addition to stability and correctness, are also of high quality, and which thus meet the customers’ needs.

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