Century Design Inc. (CDI, San Diego, Calif.) has developed a small production prepreg machine for small- to medium-sized producers. Its features include automated controls that incorporate processing recipes; a plug-and-play design that requires no facility changes to install or operate; and an optional ply consolidator that enables the production of prepreg widths of up to 1,000 mm/39.4 inches. The system benefits reportedly include a reduction in material costs of up to 40 percent.
Editor PickJEC 2017 – Aiming for Industrialization
The exhibit floor in Paris reflected composites’ move toward high-rate and high-volume production.