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South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

On-line version ISSN 2224-7890
Print version ISSN 1012-277X

Abstract

VAN DER WESTHUIZEN, J.  and  SCHREVE, K.. Optical aid for placing composite material (prepregs) in a mould. S. Afr. J. Ind. Eng. [online]. 2018, vol.29, n.1, pp.35-48. ISSN 2224-7890.  http://dx.doi.org/10.7166/29-1-1612.

Increased industrial use of composite materials for manufacturing strong lightweight components stimulates endeavours for more efficient assembly methods. This study attempted to find an optimal method to provide optical aid for the placement of pre-impregnated reinforcing fabric (prepregs). A novel approach to optical assistance for the placement of prepregs was designed to be straightforward and affordable. The developed system meets industry standards for accuracy, and provides the solution at a cost many times less than existing solutions. The findings allow companies in the composite material industry to eliminate prepreg layup errors at an affordable price.

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