Quicker, better, lighter, more digital – we work tirelessly for the benefit of our customers and develop solutions which are specifically designed to be future-proof so that we can overcome the challenges in production.
To ensure that we are always at the forefront of technological developments, we maintain close ties to research institutes and work intensively with universities. Thanks to our customer proximity and our policy of close collaboration, we respond quickly to new requirements and relevant opportunities.
Our gantries with linear drives offer numerous advantages. They are ideal when an application requires higher acceleration and cycle times. Thanks to the electrical linear drive, the systems can be made more dynamic while keeping the movement consistently precise. This saves valuable time and increases the output rate – thus improving your company’s performance.
Linear drives are easy to install, require less space, are energy efficient and have a long operating life. They also require much less maintenance than conventional systems as they use fewer mechanical machine elements.
Do you want more information about our linear drive gantry? Get in touch with our sales team.
Lightweight construction can generate a significant amount of added value in systems engineering, particularly in the case of high-performance and dynamic applications. Replacing a material with CFRP, for example, can open up possibilities which could not have been realised without using lightweight construction technologies, especially when combining high acceleration with an increase in precision.
By using carbon in the carriage and the vertical axis in our products, we can reduce the tare weight of the gantry considerably and optimise the motion sequences. At the same time, the vibration-dampening properties of carbon make it possible to take full advantage of high speeds and acceleration without adverse effects.
In conjunction with an air-cooled linear motor drive, FLT was thus able to achieve acceleration of several G on the horizontal and vertical axis. The integrated measurement system also means that the carriage can be positioned extremely precisely at any time.
We would be happy to demonstrate the possibilities of using lightweight construction technologies in your specific application. Get in touch with our sales team if you are interested.
The edge-sealing application developed by FLT makes it possible to seal edges of large CFRP parts used in aviation and aerospace technology via an automated process for the first time. With the help of an optical sensor, an existing gap geometry is detected, measured and calculated. The sealant is dispensed precisely and applied in the same run.
The continuous measurement makes it possible to adjust the quantity of adhesive to the variable gap directly in line with the requirements and check the quality at the same time. This saves time and material – and increases efficiency. In terms of controls, the system can be linked to a robot or a gantry.
It is ideal when a geometry recognition must be converted in an appropriate way and at the same time, the metering of the filling compound must fit the measured quantity.
With this innovation, FLT is supporting increased automation in the aerospace sector. The solution offers advantages in terms of productivity and quality as it reduces the time required, increases reproducibility and reduces material use. What’s more, it significantly reduces the strain on employees’ health as they no longer have to come into contact with the harmful gases released by the paste-like media.
Our gantry robot for edge sealing also won us and our partners DOPAG and EngRoTec the AVK (German Federation of Reinforced Plastics) Innovation Award 2016 – one of the most prestigious prizes in the composites industry.
In 2017, our system won the MM Award innovation prize, which is awarded to the most innovative exhibits at the Automatica trade fair by the MM MaschinenMarkt trade journal. FLT came out on top in the “Assembly” category with the “gantry robot with edge-sealing application” and won the eminent award.
Materials with a honeycomb structure made of aramid fibres are popular in aviation and aerospace applications. Thanks to their structure, they are lightweight but strong at the same time, making them ideal for use in planes, e.g. for wall partitions, luggage compartments or similar.
When it comes to installation, the hollow structures are partially filled with sealants which cure hard. After this, they can finally be attached. Up until now, this was usually done manually. In other words, an employee fills the individual honeycombs with sealant. They fill the required areas until these are sufficiently full – however, a complete quality assurance process is not possible.
FLT has developed an automated solution for this very purpose. The dispensing head moves over the honeycomb surface and, thanks to the upstream path programming, it can determine precisely how much material needs to be inserted. As this is monitored by the system, you can be sure that the correct amount of sealant is dispensed and each pocket is completely full.
For the customer, this means increased precision and a reduction in reworking.
The system can be moved by gantries, robots or collaborative robots.