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Published: 10/22/2017

Automated preforming: Intelligent automation in pick-and-place systems
Layups go industrial with hand-like grippers that can fold fabric or prepreg into corners and robot-mounted cameras that inspect from fabric to cut plies to fiber gaps in final preforms.

Published: 10/2/2017

Automated Preforming, Part 5: Holistic Quality Optimization
Simulation and testing key to integrated approach for optimization of automated preforming, offering time and cost savings as well as basis for automated quality inspection.

Published: 9/28/2017

Pressure sensors for high volume RTM molding
A new Work in Progress article examines the use of in-mold pressure sensors to control mold filling in high-pressure resin transfer molding (HP-RTM). 

Published: 7/13/2017

Center for mass production of lightweight composites
German R&D center brings together 8 institutes and more than 80 companies from 120 countries to help industrialize composite parts production.

Published: 3/24/2017

JEC 2017 – Aiming for Industrialization
The exhibit floor in Paris reflected composites’ move toward high-rate and high-volume production.

Published: 2/7/2017

Seriforge: A new paradigm for composite preforms
Silicon Valley startup aims to produce complex 3D carbon fiber preforms with z-axis reinforcement at mass production scale using automated processing lines.

Published: 12/8/2016

Recyclable epoxy proven in HP-RTM
Recyclamine hardener performs well in global processing trials and cradle-to-cradle recycling demo.

Published: 12/6/2016

Reversibly crosslinking thermoset-thermoplastic hybrid polymers
Evonik’s new system delivers crosslinked performance of epoxies below 100°C, processing benefits of thermoplastics above 170°C.

Published: 11/15/2016

BMW 7 Series CFRP: corrections and missing details
Images of the hybrid B pillars being pressed plus joint design, adhesives technology and BMW’s insights into the future needs for CFRP in automotive.

Published: 11/9/2016

Must-read: BMW 7 Series plant tour in Dingolfing, Germany
CW’s Ginger Gardiner toured the 7 series plant for a look at how 16 CFRP parts, each made by one of four technologies, are combined with aluminum and steel components to form what BMW engineers have dubbed the Carbon Core.