ACS Australia manufactured a batch of 25 carbon fibre tubes, to be used as a faraday shield housing for electromagnetic sensors in a mining application. The carbon fibre housings were manufactured via resin infusion in a specifically developed cylindrical tool for batch production. While the cylindrical tool was designed in CATIA CAD and manufactured via epoxy resin lay-up of GFRP (Glass Fibre-Reinforced Plastic). To achieve a high quality surface finish on the final part a twill weave 0/90 carbon fibre fabric was selected, and a clear gel coat was applied for a high gloss aesthetic.
Operational ports for electromagnetic wiring and attachments were machined utilising CNC cutting. This is a good example of ACS Australia’s in-house carbon fibre composite manufacturing capability, coupled with advanced industry 4.0 CNC machine tooling. These capabilities allow us to best serve customer design needs, while achieving high tolerance components for precision mining equipment, technology, and services (METS) applications like this one. The carbon fibre tubes were completed wholly in-house in our Melbourne facility.