AI improves composite manufacture

Plataine, a US company that supplies AI-based manufacturing support, has reportedly helped an aerospace manufacturer in the Middle East by automating and streamlining cutting and kitting operations at its main manufacturing facility.

The company produces composite-based aero structures and wanted to use AI technologies to improve its manufacturing processes, increase production rates and reduce material waste, according to Plataine.

“Plataine’s AI-based solution automatically provides optimized production plans based on incoming work orders, available inventory, and production restrictions, empowering the aerospace manufacturer to better utilize their existing inventory,” a press release said. This reportedly includes using rolls to their full extent by cutting plies around defects and using remnants and short material rolls.

“Complete automation of the cutting and kitting process has made production more efficient and has prevented human errors in many processes, significantly increasing net profitability per product,” said the company.

Plataine says that is technology can automatically read work orders and consider the defects on each roll digitally. It then performs ‘smart material selection’, utilizing the right material for the job and using up remnant materials, which often go to waste. It can also take exposure time left (ETL) of time-sensitive freezer-stored raw material into account and provide documentation of all material consumed, providing full traceability of the process while helping improve quality control and audit readiness.