Aerospace Composites

Electric tugs ease loading of aerostructures in and out of autoclave

The MasterMover MT600+ electric tug is said to enable an operator to easily push, pull and steer wheeled loads up to 6,000 kilograms. 

Cevotec scales up Fiber Patch Placement technology for large aerostructures

The SAMBA Step L automated fiber placement system can place patches of material up to 50 times larger than previous FPP systems.

FACC receives CAAC Part-145 maintenance certification

With CCAC certification, FACC can now offer its maintenance, repair and modification services to Chinese airlines.

 

SAMPE 2020 announces keynote speaker

Airbus Americas Vice President for Research and Technology Amanda Simpson will present on May 5 at SAMPE 2020 in Seattle, Wash., U.S.

Plug-and-produce AFP system installed in one day and debuts at composites automation center

Addcomposites completes installations of its AFP-XS toolhead at KUKA Finland and SAM|XL in Netherlands.

The markets: Fuels cells and batteries (2020)

Although fuel-cell powered vehicles could still be in the automotive future, growth will be measured, and so will the market there for composite components. Composites for electric vehicle battery packs and hydrogen tanks for fuel cell vehicles will be the more immediate opportunity.

Cygnet Texkimp supplies high-capacity 3D weaving creel to the AMRC

The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) will use the creel to help produce woven structures for automotive and aerospace applications.

Reliabotics introduces carbonic cleaning systems

Reliabotics has introduced to the composites market a line of CO2-based cleaning products designed to provide fast, highly efficient, waste-free cleaning of a variety of surfaces, including molds and finished composite parts and structures.

Hybrid Air Vehicles unveils production Airlander 10 model

This is a step toward commercial production and type certification for the electric-propulsion, helium-filled, hybrid aircraft.

Hyundai Motor Co., Uber unveil air taxi model

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the companies announced an aerial ridesharing partnership and a new eVTOL design.

Kanfit Ltd. moves to larger manufacturing facility

The 11,000-square-meter facility in northern Israel includes expanded manufacturing space for Kanfit’s aerospace parts and assemblies.

Spirit AeroSystems initiates workforce reductions due to 737 MAX production suspension

Layoffs affecting 2,800 employees have been issued at the Wichita facility, due to ongoing production suspension and expected lower production going forward.