Cygnet Texkimp to Showcase Multi-Axis Winding System at JEC World 2022

Cygnet Texkimp, the fibre handling and converting technology specialist, will showcase its high-speed Multi-Axis Winder (MAW) at JEC World, taking place in Paris, France, from 3rd to 5th May 2022.

Featuring live demonstrations and a conference talk, Cygnet Texkimp will present how its MAW can change the way continuous parts can be manufactured at speed, overcoming challenges of winding large components in high volumes.

Andy Whitham, Technical Manager at Cygnet Texkimp, will discuss the application of Component Winding Technologies for multipurpose industry solutions on Thursday 5th May in the Composites Exchange forum at 9.30am. He says: “JEC provides a unique platform to showcase this truly innovative technology that allows for a high volume of material to be put down at speed. My talk will be a deep dive into the techniques being developed by Cygnet Texkimp to facilitate high speed filament winding and will give an opportunity for attendees to ask any questions.”

The Multi Axis Winder (MAW), developed in conjunction with the University of Manchester, will be showcased to attendees on its merits for enhanced capability in winding tow-pregs, thermoplastic tapes, and dry fibres such as carbon, aramid, and glass. The MAW focuses on the production benefits associated with the technology and is a compliment to the company’s 3D Winder; used for complex, curved composite parts. The static mandrel of the MAW is designed to be integrated into an automated manufacturing system, able to efficiently wind linear structures such as tubes and profiles of varying sizes. Thanks to balanced fibre tensions around each part the static mandrel (or former) needs little strength and may therefore be inexpensive. Its implementation with robotic loading and unloading technology allows parts to be continuously manufactured, wound, and stored to provide a turnkey manufacturing cell. This process is capable of a faster and more accurate alternative to conventional braiding and filament winding.

In addition, Cygnet Texkimp will exhibit its Waste Recycling Solutions technology, known as DEECOM®; utilising superheated steam to remove polymers from composite fibres and allowing for raw materials to be reused in the manufacturing process. The steam is cycled through a pressure vessel to gently remove resin matrices from fibres in a controlled environment. The expelling of clean H2O reduces the carbon footprint and acts as an alternative to pyrolysis incineration, while the re-use of high-performance, pristine clean fibres puts an end to excessive material wastage like prepreg offcuts and the process and transportation for landfill.

The Recycling Solution technology will benefit machines such as the MAW to streamline waste disposal and improve the environmental impact of the automated production cell.

Luke Vardy, Chief Executive Officer for Cygnet Texkimp, says: “We are excited to be reuniting with the industry and exhibiting our latest innovative solutions for composites manufacturing. On behalf of myself and the team at Cygnet Texkimp, I welcome you all to join us at our stand throughout the show.”

Cygnet Texkimp invites you to visit them at JEC World in Hall 5, Stand M72.