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Automated tape laying (ATL) and automated fiber placement (AFP) are processes that use computer-guided robotics to lay one or several layers of carbon fiber tape or tows onto a mold to create a part or structure. Typical applications include aircraft wing skins and fuselages.


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Software speeds tape layer production, optimizes precision

the Siemens Aerospace Center of Excellence's (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) developed the Siemens SINUMERIK 840D CNC system speeds production on a large ATL machine at the former Boeing Wichita plant (now Spirit AeroSystems) in Wichita, Kan.
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Carbon Fiber 2014 expanded to include ATK presentation CompositesWorld

ATK's Barrett Milenski will discuss automated tape and fiber placement technologies at CompositesWorld's Carbon Fiber 2014 conference, Dec. 9-11 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif., USA.

CAMX 2014 preview: Hexcel CompositesWorld

Fiber and resins supplier Hexcel (Stamford, Conn., USA) is featuring in its booth HexTow HM63 carbon fiber, HexTool composite tooling, PrimeTex spread-tow carbon fiber fabric, HiTape dry carbon fiber reinforcements, HexPly M77 snap-cure prepreg and HexPly M79 prepreg.

CAMX 2014 preview: Cytec Industries CompositesWorld

Carbon fiber and resins specialist Cytec Industries Inc. (Woodland Park, N.J., USA) will feature its full portfolio of structural and tooling prepregs, resin infusion systems and structural adhesives that are complemented by a range of process materials.

Impregnation lines, AFP equipment CompositesWorld

Sigmatex spotlighted at JEC Americas 2014 its sigmaRF noncrimp fabrics made with recycled/reclaimed carbon fiber commingled with a thermoplastic polyester matrix.

TAPAS 2: Next steps in thermoplastic aerostructures CompositesWorld

The Netherland's-based Thermoplastic Affordable Primary Aircraft Structure (TAPAS) consortium's TAPAS 2 team builds on the successes of TAPAS 1, taking the next steps in aircraft thermoplastic composites architecture.

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