Erlanger, Ky.-based MAG IAS LLC — a global developer of automation technologies for the production
of composite structures, and a supplier of machine tools and manufacturing automation systems for
durable goods applications — reports that Austria-based FACC AG — a Tier-1 supplier of composite
components to the aerospace industry — has purchased a CHARGER™ small flat tape layer (SFTL) and
MAG’s modular Advanced Composites Environment Suite (ACES®) software for tape laying and fiber
The Charger SFTL features a bed-type configuration; integral vacuum layup table; MAG’s CM100
computer control designed for automated composite production; and a simplified, versatile tape head
that consistently compacts layers of carbon/epoxy tape, according to the company. The head enables
quick, easy side-loading of tape rolls measuring up to 300 millimeters (mm) wide and 650 mm in
diameter, and layup of 150- and 300-mm-wide tape with minimal changeover time. The tape head also
features tape flaw detection, integrated ultrasonic laminate cutter, laser trace inspection and
cutter depth-setting assistance.
MAG’s personal-computer-based ACES software supplies a range of path generation types and
supports part programming, part simulations, productivity analysis and production animations to
verify that a part can be produced before shop-floor production begins.
MAG will ship the SFTL system to FACC in the first quarter of 2013 and will finish
installation by May.
October 30, 2012