Latest prepreg slitting & rewinding unit for NIAR

NIAR – National Institute for Aviation Research chose Composite Automation and Mikrosam to deliver a single-step slitting unit to facilitate its need to perform research on a variety of composite prepregs in the Advanced Technologies Laboratory for Aerospace Systems (ATLAS). ATLAS is a multi-disciplinary manufacturing environment aimed at preparing engineers for the Factory of the Future and aiding the industry with advanced material research with automated manufacturing technologies.

Mikrosam’s prepreg slitting and conversion unit at NIAR ATLAS


Dr. Waruna Seneviratne, ATLAS Director

“With the addition of Mikrosam slitter to our portfolio of automated manufacturing equipment, we are able to support the demand from multiple automated fiber placement machines at NIAR – conducting research in a timely manner and supporting our industry partners’ slit-tape material needs. The integrated in-process inspection system and the machine-learning algorithm for detecting defects allows us to perform quality control on the fly.”


Dimitar Bogdanoski, Sales Manager at Mikrosam

“With the proliferation of AFP units in research, the demand for efficient, scalable in-house slitting units has grown. Mikrosam is a pioneer in such units which help customers prepare prepreg tapes on-demand, thus saving costs, controlling quality and reducing lead-time and risk in new ideas. Working with Composite Automation, we are proud to help NIAR be more productive in research on manufacturing composite parts.”

John Melilli, President, Composite Automation LLC

“NIAR’s ATLAS is the only fully-integrated facility that can perform the comprehensive composites manufacturing research that OEMs and tiered suppliers demand in order to reduce risk. Composite Automation is honored to be part of the team.”


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