Composites index moderates lower after all-time high

Composite fabricators report slowing expansion in new orders, production, with gains made in supplier delivery and employment activity readings.
#economics

Digital Demos

Advanced engineering thermoplastic adhesive hybrid resin

In this Digital Demo, L&L Products introduces T-Link, a new hybrid thermoplastic resin system, that does not require refrigeration or special handling and – being highly customizable – can be easily and quickly consolidated into a composite structure.

Compression Molding

Teledyne CML Composites invests in thermoplastic processing capability

In conjunction with the NCC, the automated processing cell supports high-performance thermoplastic and compression-molded thermoset parts production for the commercial aerospace and defense markets.

Energy Storage

Elkem dedicates new Vianode subsidiary to advanced battery material production

Silicon-graphite composite materials development and R&D projects such as 3beLiEVe and Hydra to support novel, sustainable innovations to improve the energy, performance and cost of lithium-ion batteries.

Energy Storage

Plastic develops type IV hydrogen storage vessels for Hopium high-end sedan

Aiming to be the first French hydrogen-powered sedan to hit the market in 2026, the Hopium Māchina will be equipped with a 700-bar hydrogen vessel integrated into the vehicle chassis.

Perma-Pipe awarded contract for fiberglass pre-insulated pipe system

Multi-Therm system comprises of steel carrier pipes, aerogel and polyurethane foam insulation and a fiberglass-reinforced outer jacket for a Canadian-based healthcare infrastructure project.

KNOWLEDGE CENTERS

Gain in-depth knowledge in processes, products and technology from industry experts

Future Materials

"Future Materials" offers a collection of new materials, processes, and technologies gathered from a wide variety of sources including marine, aerospace, and automotive industries, plus some applied academic research and development.

Automated Composites

In the Automated Composites knowledge center, CGTech brings you vital information about all things automated composites, from the manufacturing processes to the vendors and necessary tools.

Closed Molding

Closed mold processes offer many advantages over open molding. This knowledge center details the basics of closed mold methods and the products and tools essential to producing a part correctly.

VIDEO / PODCASTS

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NASA James Webb telescope completes primary mirror testing for 2021 launch

Tests ensured Webb’s primary mirror fully expanded and locked itself into place, as it would in space. Final tests will extend and restow radiator assemblies and deployable tower before launch date.
#northropgrumman

ATL/AFP |

NCC unveils AFP/ATL dual system for large, complex structures

The hybrid cell, created in partnership with Electroimpact, can be used individually or together for automated composite manufacturing at a medium- to large-scale level.
#automation #layup

Curing

Episode 38: Alan Hiken, Kane Robotics

Alan Hiken, COO of Kane Robotics, talks about historic, current and future composites use in aircraft fuselage structures and the role of automation in next-gen manufacturing environments.
#777x #787

Webinar

Optimize Manufacturing and Mechanical Performance with Air Release, Fiber Wetting and Coupling Additives

BYK will present a range of additives that achieve this for various thermoset resins and discuss the underlying mechanism and selection of these additives.

CW SPECIAL REPORTS

RTM

Composites 4.0: Digital transformation, adaptive production, new paradigms

An evolving landscape of automation, sensors and AI software is not an end, but a means to achieve the cost, quality, efficiency and agility required for future manufacturing.  
#specialreport #a350 #layup

ATL/AFP

ZAero project update

The 2019 final review demonstrated integration of an automated CFRP process chain: AFP inline inspection and rework, cure and resin flow sensors, part performance prediction and a decision support tool for line operators.
#airbus #layup #specialreport

Digital thread vs. digital twin

Visualizing the difference between digital representations and data flows and understanding the applications that are changing composites manufacturing and business models.
#airbus #autoclave #layup

Composites 4.0: Where to start?

Sensors, IoT platforms, data analytics — the tools for more intelligent, efficient manufacturing abound, but where to start is actually much simpler.
#specialreport #Composites101 #composites4_0

CW PLANT TOURS

Plant Tour: Holland Composites, Lelystad, Netherlands

Balancing performance with affordable production, this industry veteran continues to explore composites’ infinite possibilities.
#autoclave #boeing #outofautoclave

Plant Tour: Veelo Technologies, Woodlawn, Ohio, U.S.

Advanced materials company evolves from nanomaterials to multifunctional composites and processing solutions.
#layup #electricvehicles #sustainability

The first composite fuselage section for the first composite commercial jet

Spirit AeroSystems was an established aerospace supplier when it earned that distinction, winning the contract for the Boeing 787’s Section 41. Now its sights are set on the next generation of aircraft.
#a380 #airbus #bmi

Digital Demos

Virtek Iris ActiveTrack: Bring Laser Projection Mobility To Your Tool

New Unmatched Laser Solution to aid in Streamlining Component Assembly Processes Now precise positioning guidance on mobile tools is possible with Virtek's newest software, IRIS™ ActiveTrack.

Poly/Vinyl Esters

Assessing a composites supply chain in flux

The global pandemic, shipping woes and winter storms have wreaked havoc on the composites supply chain. CW attempts to find out how widespread the problem is.
#discontinuousfiber #editorial

The hydrogen economy: Hope or hype?

Green hydrogen technologies have become the forefront for the global zero-carbon energy landscape. Now, it may be cost that ultimately determines its expansion opportunities into the composites industry.
#electricvehicles #hydrogen #perspectives-and-provocations

Testing

Composite testing challenges, Part 1: Introduction to mechanical testing of composites

A range of standardized mechanical tests for complex composites are available and still under development for materials development, design and quality control requirements. 
#design-and-testing

Automotive

Increasing demand for composite driveshafts leads to automated production

California-based fabricator ACPT Inc. worked with machine suppliers to build an innovative semi-automated production line featuring an automated filament winder.
#workinprogress #automation

Carbon Fibers

Z-direction composite properties on an affordable, industrial scale

Boston Materials uses milled reclaimed carbon fibers to increase modulus, impact/delamination resistance and produce metals-like conductivity for EMI shielding, lightning strike protection, heat exchangers and more.
#trends #electronics #electricvehicles