Portable Hot Drape Former

Aerospace & Composites


Portable Hot Drape Former

Aerospace portable hot drape former

Project Description

Research and development is a key component within the aerospace industry. Carbon composite components have become the latest innovation to enter the market. A number of OEM’s are switching from metal to carbon fibre materials due to their lightweight and durability features. Hot Drape former’s use infra-red heaters within multiple zones to penetrate the materials more efficiently.

WIS Group has developed a number of machines for our aerospace clients to aid in their R&D programmes. This project involved the design, manufacture and install of a portable hot drape former machine. In total, the machine footprint is 1.5m x 0.8m and has an integrated control panel. Clients are able to manoeuvre this purpose portable equipment to any part of the factory, throughout the production line.

This project incorporates innovation taken from larger R&D machines such as its double diaphragm features and double heater banks. The layout of this machine allows our clients to layup flat plies of carbon fibre which can then be pulled over the tool. This process helps increase productivity and improve accuracy.

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Project Statistic:

  • Forming Material: Carbon Fibre
  • Dimensions: 1.5m x 800mm

Portable Hot Drape Former

  • Client: Aerospace client
  • Completion Date: June 2017
  • Total contract Value: Undisclosed