High strength and light weight Carbon Fiber Composites have become a mainstream material in automotive, sporting goods, and aerospace products. Mitchell Machine has been a leader in developing automated carbon fiber manufacturing systems for over 20 years, providing customers with industry leading equipment for manufacturing composite parts. Kevlar, Fiberglass and other materials are incorporated into the composites to achieve higher strength and special features.
Automated layup equipment utilizing Vision or Laser guided, robotic handling of material to mold tooling increases repeatability of placement, reducing scrap and labor costs. Custom lines have been developed for cylindrical forming of composites. Carbon Fiber Coating Lines prepare carbon fiber web for converting into products. Mold Tooling in steel and special alloys and Heated Mold Presses are also supplied by Mitchell Machine.
"We were both impressed and surprised at the fact that such a rough initial surface could be brought to a consistent, high gloss final finish on one machine dry run with a set of convolute wheels with no compound. In the field, the same polished, satin finish would have to be produced by skilled operators using multiple steps of abrasive products including cotton buffs, compounds and set-up wheels."
-Juan Araiza IV, Saint-Gobain Abrasives