Advanced Composites Group Inc. (ACG, Tulsa, Okla., USA), a member of Umeco Composites Structural Materials (UCSM) - a division of Umeco plc, has been awarded $1.967 million from the U.S. Navy for research and development efforts in support of its out-of-autoclave (OOA) processable materials and technology. Advanced Composite Group’s OOA program, “Lightweight Composite Structures phase 3,” continues the work of previous programs to increase the technology readiness level of a number of OOA-capable prepreg materials, including the MTM45-1 and MTM47 systems, to permit deployment on military and other air and space vehicles. The contract will be administered through Naval Air Systems Command Patuxent River and will support advanced fiber placement, process development, the manufacture of demonstrator parts and design database generation.
Airtech Europe (Differdange, Luxembourg) reported on May 16 that it has invested in a new ply cutter that measure 6m/19.7 ft wide by 36m/118 ft long, one of the largest of its kind available. The NC ply cutter allows Airtech to produce all requested shapes on almost all vacuum bagging materials for kitted products.
The Canadian Composites Manufacturing R&D Inc. (CCMRD) has added two companies to its consortium, PCM Molds and Patterns (St. Claire, Quebec, Canada) and Barrday Inc. (Cambridge, Ontario, Canada), bringing its total membership to 10. CCMRD consists of several of the major composites aerospace companies and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across Canada; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, Avior Integrated Products and PCM Molds and Patterns (Quebec); Comtek Advanced Structures and Barrday Inc. (Ontario); Convergent Manufacturing Technologies and Profile Composites (British Columbia); and Bristol Aerospace a Division of Magellan Limited, Cormer Group Industries Inc. and Boeing Canada Technology Winnipeg Division (Manitoba). The CCMRD is a virtual center whose operations are managed by the Composites Innovation Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with projects being coordinated and performed across Canada. A total of one project has been completed, two are in progress and three are about to be launched.
Composite Resources (Rock Hill, S.C., USA) has acquired several new technologies to support its composite product development demands. The company acquired a FaroArm Platinum, 8-ft/2.4m, 7-axis measuring arm with integrated laser line scanner. Composite Resources has also acquired a ZEISS Contura G2 AKTIV 700/1000/600 CMM and an ASC Process Systems Autoclave using ASC's Composite Processing Control (CPC) software for high-pressure curing of composite laminates.
Synergy Composites Ltd. (Altham, Lancashire, U.K.), an advanced composites manufacturer, has been externally audited and accredited to ISO9001:2008 by the Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) organization. The Quality Management System is applicable to the development and manufacture of ‘Advanced Composite Components in accordance with the client requirements.’ Synergy is now setting its sights firmly on AS9100, the quality management standard specifically written for the aerospace manufacturing. Andrew Ellel, sales and marketing director at Synergy stated, "this accreditation provides Synergy with a stable platform with which to build our approvals. It is our intention to achieve AS9100 during 2011”."
Miltec UV (Stevensville, Md., UK), a manufacturer of high-performance UV curing systems and electrodeless bulbs, is pleased to welcome Barbara Ann Mayfield back to our sales team. Barbara Ann worked several years at Miltec in sales before leaving to be a full time mom and then working at Florida State University. Being from the Southeast, Barbara Ann will be focusing on all of the UV markets in the Southeastern territory. She will be dedicated to building long term relationships with customers by providing high quality products at reasonable prices with excellent customer service.
Editor PickJEC 2017 – Aiming for Industrialization
The exhibit floor in Paris reflected composites’ move toward high-rate and high-volume production.