Hot Drape Former Upgrade

Project title: Hot Drape Former Upgrade

Location: Bristol

Value: £50,000

Duration: 12 Weeks

Project Background

GKN Aerospace, the leading manufacturer of highly complex composite and metallic aero-structures and engine products, carried out an upgrade to a hot drape forming (HDF) machine used in the manufacture of wing components for Airbus aircraft. The HDF manages the drape of composite materials, providing simultaneous control of temperature, vacuum and movement.

Group SCS’s Involvement

Autoclave and Industrial Controls Ltd (AIC) carried out the upgrade and we undertook the supply of PLC hardware and design of the complex control software for the process.

 

Our Solution

Working to AIC’s detailed specification, Group SCS designed a new control system using a Siemens S7-300 PLC plus a number of ET200 stations linked on a Profibus network that provided all of the functionality of the existing system, while adding features to automate parts of the process. A SCADA unit with a colour screen provided the interface to the control system. Group SCS engineers commissioned the system on completion of installation by AIC.

Group SCS designed a new control system using a Siemens S7-300 PLC plus a number of ET200 stations linked on a Profibus network

A SCADA unit with a colour screen provided the interface to the control system

Group SCS engineers commissioned the system on completion of installation by AIC

Mike Parkhurst – Group SCS Systems Manager:
“We were very pleased to work on such a technically demanding project and are delighted with the end project.”
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