Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) Operator

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This 2 day course opens with a generic awareness of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), and how it relates to AFP process. This will be followed by the Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) fundamentals for operators covering AFP process, equipment, and safety issues in production. As well as an operator’s role in achieving quality standards.

Delivery Style
Classroom and Practical Demonstration

Who should attend?
Delegates who carry out technical activities and / or provide technical input to business decisions who would like to learn more about AFP. We recommend attending our Introduction to Composite Materials Properties and Processes course as a prerequisite or have equivalent working knowledge of composites.

Objectives & Aims
Delegates will be provided with an understanding of the fundamentals of AFP machinery, materials and processes as they relate to machine operation. Gaining an awareness of typical faults that can occur in AFP processes and how they are likely to develop. Understand the key operator tasks and their importance to perform deposition and quality to support process. Machine specific training and entry to production services will be explained.

2 Days

Course Content:

  • Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Overview
  • PLM for AFP
  • Key terms and machine parts
  • Principles of AFP process
  • Materials for AFP – how they influence operation
  • Health and Safety
  • Quality, inspection and spotting faults
  • Machine maintenance
  • Preparing for deposition
  • Laying the first ply
  • Hand layup and debulk operations
  • Completing a component
  • Closing down a machine

Further Learning
Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) Design


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