Bringing lean manufacturing to cutting and kitting
AGFM/GFM is developing a cutting and kitting system designed to maximize operator efficiency at the cutting table, and to minimize ply layup sequencing errors during sorting.
CAMX 2016 preview: AGFM
American GFM Corp./GFM (AGFM, Chesapeake, VA, US; GFM, Styer, Austria) is introducing its Model US-120/CM-10 system, featuring automated and semi-automated ply cutting, sequential offloading, sorting and kitting to prepare for ply lay up.
American GFM debuts new dual-capability machine
American GFM Corp. (Chesapeake, VA, US) told exhibit-goers at SAMPE Baltimore 2015 about a new machine it has developed.
Cobham Composites: San Diego, CA, US
An aerocomposites force since the dawn of the 1980s, this fabricator’s Big Idea is to move from quality control to in-situ process control on the strength of metrics powered by Big Data.
Dual-laminates: Scaling up to scrubbers
A double-protection strategy for this massive fiberglass vessel tests pushes the limits of this shop’s fabricating and logistical planning skills.
As more composite materials find a place on aircraft, boats, bridges and hundreds of other applications where part replacement is both difficult and expensive, OEM engineers are considering the repairability of structural and secondary composite components during the initial design phase of a project.
Structural preform technologies emerge from the shadows
Not yet in full production, with one exception, all are aimed at accelerating composite part manufacture at fast automotive rates.
SPE ACCE 2012 Review
Bursting at the seams, the 12th annual Society of Plastic Engineers Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition tops its previous bests.
ACCE looks at automotive industry with new optimism
With the automotive industry apparently feeling more positive about composites than it has in a long time, composites professionals met up at the Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition for the annual review of materials and processing technologies.
American GFM aerospace repair process update
American GFM, leader and coordinator of the Inspection and Repair Preparation Cell (IRPC) consortium, continues to progress its efforts to develop systems that detect and repair damage in composite aerostructures.
Primary structure repair: The quest for quality
Composite airframes on commercial craft drive development of automated repair technology and industry-wide repair technician certification.
Highlights: SAMPE 2011, Long Beach, Calif.
SAMPE 2011, held May 23-26, returned to Long Beach, Calif. Exhibitor and attendee totals were both up, signaling apparent health in the high-performance composites market.
Advanced composites repair conference scheduled
American GFM and the Consortium for Improving/Integrating Advanced Composites Processes are hosting a free two-day conference June 22-23 on high-performance composites repair technologies and processes.
Cobham Composites opens newest facility in Suffolk, Va.
Facility will manufacture bomb covers, Miniature Air-Launched Decoy fuselages, CH-53K helicopter rotor components, and internal components for F-135 and F-119 engines; plant will employ 200 by 2014, with more expected.
Build-to-print: Done better
Defense contractor's lean manufacturing strategy meets winglet production goals for in-demand ScanEagle UAV.
American GFM installs new laser projection system
has received a launch order for five seats of Multitasking KitGuide
from American GFM for a large composite aircraft
COMPOSITES+POLYCON 2009 Showcase
Despite the deepening recession, composites pros returned to the show in its new time slot to explore the wealth of products and services collected here.
COMPOSITES+POLYCON 2009: Finding reasons to celebrate amidst the downturn
Highlights from COMPOSITES+POLYCON 2009, Jan. 15-17 in Tampa, Fla.
Composites On The Move Shows Growth Markets For Reinforced Polymers
New SPE/NCC conference highlights composites opportunities in key sectors.
Update: Automated repair cell
Consortium makes progress on aircraft component diagnostics/repair cell concept.