Carbon Fiber Tooling Reduces Cycle Times and Improves Performance

Clinton Township, MI - Bilsing Automation North America has announced that its line of carbon fiber (CF) tooling for robotic applications can reduce cycle times and improve cadence as compared to aluminum and steel tubing. This is due to the fact that Bilsing's carbon fiber weighs less than half of traditional materials, yet is stiffer, stronger and settles more rapidly. This enables robot motion paths to occur more quickly with less vibration and idle time as tools settle.

According to Bilsing, customers can achieve up to 20 percent increase in productivity after equipping robots with carbon fiber booms. The company produces a series of round, square and conical tooling as well as custom profiles for specific customer needs. Potential CF applications include crossbar beams, loading and unloading beams, destacking beams, panel loading t-booms, and tooling supports for bodyshop, pressroom, injection molding and other operations.

Bilsing's tooling is manufactured from an ultra high modulus pitch carbon fiber. This higher elastic stiffness significantly reduces the vibration as experienced with aluminum booms. In aluminum and steel tube tooling, the press needs to be opened wider to avoid component contact with other parts of the machinery due to potential vibration. This slows down the cycle time. Use of carbon fiber tooling virtually eliminates vibrations, allowing a smaller press opening to improve production rates.

Bilsing's round carbon fiber profiles are compatible with a wide variety of popular brand standard vacuum, gripper and power clamp components, making it easy for companies to switch to a CF solution. To help customers make informed decisions, the company offers a free carbon fiber applications guide and provides a cost/value analysis of existing of future tool development.

Bilsing Automation North America is a subsidiary of Bilsing Automation GmbH (Attendorn, Germany), a global leader in the development and manufacturing of modular tooling systems for the pressroom, body shop and plastic molding applications in the automotive, food, packaging and glass industries. The company is focused on providing optimum product performance that results in cost reductions, supporting the customer through planning, design, engineering, assembly and commissioning. Bilsing Automation also offers 3D digital simulation and on-site training as part of its service offerings.

Company Information:

Bilsing Automation North America

22287 Starks Drive

Clinton Township, MI 48036


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