Web Industries expands composites formatting capabilities

Web Industries is expanding its Atlanta facility to include table-based automated prepreg cutting and ply kitting services for aerospace and defense applications.

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Web Industries Inc. (Marlborough, Mass., USA) and CAD Cut, Inc. (a Web Industries company), industry leaders in formatting prepreg composites for aerostructure fabrication, announced on Nov. 20 the expansion of Web’s Atlanta facility to include table-based automated prepreg cutting and ply kitting services. The addition of this new material formatting capability will allow Web Atlanta to support all varieties of composites fabrication used by the region’s aerospace, defense, and aviation industries from one centrally-located, AS9100C-certified location.

The birthplace of aerospace-grade prepreg composite slit tape, the Web Atlanta facility was purpose-built in 2005 to be the company’s Composites Center of Excellence and houses both Web’s main domestic composites formatting operations and the Composites Automation Development Center, an industry-unique material evaluation and processability testing facility. Adding automated ply cutting and ply kitting capacity to the Atlanta location will allow Web Industries to further leverage its existing composites formatting, quality assurance, freezer storage and material handling infrastructure and will give the region’s manufacturers a trusted “single-source” supplier for formatted prepreg composites.

Web Industries acquired CAD Cut in 2013, and combined the two companies offer one of the world’s most comprehensive set of prepreg composite slitting, spooling, ply cutting, ply kitting, and material management solutions to the aerospace, defense, automotive, and industrial sectors.

“The growing use of composites in commercial and military aircraft is increasing market demand for aerospace-grade composite formatting services,” said Blake Batley, vice-president of sales and marketing for Web Industries. “Expanding Web Atlanta’s formatting capabilities to include ply cutting and ply kitting allows us to support the growing number of aerospace manufacturers located in the Southeast. Whether these companies use hand lay-up or automated fiber placement production methods, Web Industries will be able to supply their fabrication operations at commercial-scale levels.”

This will be Web’s third CAD Cut ply cutting and kitting service center, joining CAD Cut’s Vermont, USA, and Texas, USA, operation centers.

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