Robotic lamination of composite parts

Name of demonstration

Robotic lamination of composite parts

Main objective

The main objective of CANNIER is to develop a robotized moulding cell, capable of automatically laminating of carbon fibre reinforcements that have been pre-impregnated (prepreg) with activated resin. The aim is to make the manufacturing process more agile, overcoming the bottlenecks of manual moulding.

Short description

Robotized moulding cell for automatically lamination of prepeg.

To achieve the objectives of CANNIER, the expertise of the partner involved in the project is fundamental. Roboticssa will develop the CAM software for the robot trajectories generation, starting from the CAD of the parts to be manufactured and considering tools geometry as well as operator’s experience (through an HMI) to maximize effectiveness.

STAM, with its consolidated background in the development of robotic systems, will be responsible for the mechanical design of the tool exchanger and the end-effectors for the ply lamination.

Composite Industries represents the end-user responsible to test and validate the robotic solution in its industrial facility.

Owner of the demonstrator


Responsible person

Main contact:

Name: Mr. Ignacio Secades

Title: Roboticssa CEO


phone: +34 607 555 188


C - Manufacturing


Robotics, Motion Planning.

Benefits for the users

  •         Increase of productivity: 70-75%, maximising the exploitation of moulds, which are costly assets;
  •          Time reduction for the moulding time of carbon fibre prepregs by 40%, compared to manual lamination;
  •          Reduction of manufacturing cost by 25%, considering robot cost-effectiveness and reduced defected parts;
  •          Reduction of waste material due to non-compliant products between 2-3%, caused by operator mistakes;
  •        CO2 emission saved thanks to the reduction of waste and faulty component in the production process. A reduction of about 0.9 ton of CO2 is estimated, referred to a batch of 1000 parts;



Thanks to CANNIER, the lamination process of CFRP components at Composite Industries facilities will be more agile, leading to an automated environment that ensures an improved quality and repeatability of the parts manufactured. Moreover, CANNIER contributes to the achievement of significant economic and environmental benefits. In the next few years, the growing interest in carbon fibre materials will determine a rise of the product sold, emphasizing the important advantages achieved.

Risks and limitations

The lamination process may be not possible laminating pieces of big size or with geometries with high curvatures.

Technology readiness level

7 - System model in operational environment

Sectors of application

Manufacturing carbon fibre reinforcements that have been pre-impregnated (prepreg) with activated resin. .

Hardware / Software


Universal Robot 10: collaborative robot with 10 Kg payload

Lamination tools: set of tools necessary for lamination

Tool exchanger: tool exchanger to enable robot cell to interchange tools


Lamination trajectory generator: outputs the trajectories that the robot will follow during the lamination process. Requires a computer with Windows 10

Robot program generator: generates a UR10 program given the lamination specification for a given piece. Requires computer with windows 10

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