Greene, Tweed (Kulpsville, PA, US) has announced the commission of additional state-of-the art composites manufacturing equipment to support the ongoing growth of production program awards for components produced from Xycomp DLF discontinuous long fiber thermoplastic composites. The investment expands Greene, Tweed’s capacity to meet the continued increase in demand for aerospace components produced from Xycomp DLF.
The new equipment includes another highly automated ProFusion compression molding line and a dedicated advanced machining center – both of which are fully operational in Greene, Tweed’s Kulpsville composites production center.
The additional ProFusion molding line incorporates high-pressure/high-temperature capability for near-net compression-molded PEEK and PEKK-based DLF thermoplastic composite materials. Bar code scanning for process parameter input and automated mold/material handling are among the features included in all of Greene, Tweed’s ProFusion lines, delivering a high level of process control that ensures repeatability and reliability.
Greene, Tweed’s fully automated 5-axis advanced FMS (flexible manufacturing system) machining center was installed to increase composite machining capabilities that support DLF component manufacture. The machining center delivers increased precision for higher tolerances and improved quality capability. Automated tool changeovers and automated palletized loading are additional features incorporated for high-volume lean manufacturing of complex-shape composite parts.
The new molding and machining equipment is currently manufacturing components for applications in service on Airbus A350, A380, A320neo; Boeing 787 and 777; and Bombardier CSeries aircraft.
“We made this investment in new manufacturing equipment to increase our capacity for future efforts and to deliver on the near-term schedule, cost, and quality expectations of our aerospace customers. As production rates continue to ramp up on new aircraft platforms, Greene, Tweed is ready to deliver,” explains Aaron Godwin, composites process engineering lead at Greene, Tweed.
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