Automatic Loading of Composite Tape Using Cassettes.
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC
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This patent application relates generally to laminating and tape-laying systems, and more specifically to a system of automatically loading composite tape onto tape-laying machine using cassettes. Automated composite laminating work centers reduce manufacturing costs and provide for high rates of production. A system for the automatic and continuous loading of composite tape into a tape-laying machine is disclosed. The system provides composite tape from a plurality of cassettes which are held in the magazine of a tape loading system. The tape loading system has a tape drive which feeds tape from a cassette in an active position to the tape-laying system in controlled amounts. The tape loading system also has a cassette transfer system which pushes a full cassette from a standby position into the active position when the cassette in the active position exhausts its supply of tape.
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