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Eastman machines are engineered to improve the speed and accuracy of fabric cutting and spreading. Eastman offers the widest variety of composites cutting solutions, both manually-operated and automatic cutting systems for materials like glass fiber, aramid and carbon fiber in both dry and pre-preg form. These materials are commonly used in aerospace & defense, wind energy, automotive, sporting goods, civil engineering, pipe & tank, electronics & electricals, marine, and other advanced material applications.
The Eastman Eagle C125 conveyor system boasts supreme capabilities for single- to low-ply cutting requirements. It has the ability to continuously convey rolled material goods with consistent speed and control. Eastman’s gantry and tool head design are engineered to cut the most diverse technical and industrial fabrics available, while exceeding industry standards for accuracy.
The robust conveyor design delivers unrivaled levels of material utilization and is often capable of cutting multiple layers without plastic overlay. This computer-controlled cutting system requires minimal operator guidance to automatically feed and spread material to the identified start position.
Eastman’s static table system is capable of cutting, marking and punching virtually any flexible material at speeds of up to 60 inches per second (152.4 cm/sec.). The static cutting table has proven itself as the go-to resource for materials like cotton, nylon and vinyl as well as difficult-to-cut materials—such as polystrand, p-tex, and fiberglass-polyester blends. The static table system is available in a range of system lengths and widths to meet the demands for prototypes, one-offs and full-production runs. The system’s high-precision configuration features multi-axis motion for more defined and accurate cuts. Material is spread across the static table by an operator or with the use of a pneumatic gripper bar. The open plenum vacuum system design ensures evenly dispersed airflow for optimal material hold-down. This computer-controlled system features zoning capabilities to enable cutting in one area while the operator is simultaneously picking parts in another, maximizing daily production capacity.
Joe Phillips, the director of the Precision Structures Group at Harris Corp. has been quoted in the March 2016 issue of Composites World magazine stating that the Eastman automated cutting system "has tremendously improved our efficiency" for cutting composite prepregs. Read more about the high-technology telescope and space structures production in Rochester, NY. Composites World - Harris Corp., Rochester Plant Tour.
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Please contact us directly with any questions or to discuss your unique application requirements. Eastman systems are suitable for cutting composites in both dry and pre-preg form - with or without peel ply. Our team of applications specialists have significant experience with R&D and production cutting of (but not limited to):
Unidirectional continuous strand roving
Bidirectional (woven roving, woven fabrics, continuous strand reinforcement)
Multidirectional (chopped strands, continuous, chopped strand mat, tri-axial, multiaxial)
Nonwoven core materials
Fibre-reinforced plastic / FRP (Fiberglass)
Carbon Fibre (CF)
Carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) / impregnated with epoxy resin
Carbon- Glass and Carbon- Aramid Hybrid fabrics
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