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Aerospace

Airbus announces headcount reduction through mid-2021

The reduction of 15,000 positions, made necessary by the coronavirus pandemic, will primarily affect Airbus employees in France, Spain, Germany and the U.K., as well as Stelia and Premium AEROTEC.

Digital thread vs. digital twin

This is an online sidebar for the July 2020 article, “Composites 4.0: Digital transformation, adaptive production, new paradigms”. When I first discussed these concepts in 2016, they were still somewhat nascent in composites.

A retrospective take on the composites industry and the pandemic

Dale Brosius reflects on recent composites industry trends and how they are impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Prepregs

Narrow UD tapes to bridge the ATL-AFP gap

Automated tape laying and automated fiber placement are similar, but not the same. Can narrow tapes provide a middle ground with advantages of both processes for next-gen aircraft?

Design/Simulation

Composites 4.0: Architecture and ontology

Adaptive systems, IoT platforms and apps, the need for 4.0 standardization and a new way to develop and certify composite aerostructures.

Infusion

No business case for reteaching robots

DLR Center for Lightweight Production Technology has developed an AI-equipped work cell where collaborative robots can switch from producing composite rear pressure bulkheads to fuselage panels without requiring reprogramming or retraining.

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.

Thermoplastics

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.  

Aerospace

Electric short takeoff & landing aircraft addresses e-commerce needs

California-based Airflow's eSTOL aircraft promises cost-effective, rapid delivery of cargo within a distance range of 50-200 miles.

Aerospace

Reading tea leaves: The outlook for aerospace

The coronavirus pandemic promises to wreak havoc on the aerospace composites supply chain, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about how a post-pandemic commercial aerospace market will evolve.

Aerospace

Clean Sky 2 program highlights NEWCORT and DIMES project

The projects focus on technologies that can detect pre-existing damage and improve composite repairs for next-generation aircraft. 

Infusion

Hyperjoint: additive metal + composites = stronger, tougher joints

Eliminates drilling holes with lap shear 60% higher than bolted joints and almost twice that of bonded joints.

Aerospace

Changing composites paradigms in the wake of COVID-19

Efforts to locally and globally collaborate in order to address industry issues and stimulate innovation are becoming essential conversations during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Aerospace

Airbus A220 production hangar opens in U.S.

Airbus opens a new A220 final assembly line at its Mobile, Ala., U.S., location and begins assembly of the first A220 for JetBlue. 

Aerospace

GKN, Eviation collaborate on Alice all-electric aircraft

GKN Aerospace will be involved in the design and manufacture of the aircraft’s wings, empennage and electrical wiring interconnection systems (EWIS).

Aerospace

Plant tour: Hexcel, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.

The scale, precision, speed and quality of carbon fiber manufacture has evolved substantially since the material’s modern introduction in the late 1960s. Hexcel offers a glimpse of the state of the art today.

Mass Transit

Composites suppliers, fabricators respond to coronavirus

Companies across the composites industry supply chain share how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their businesses, and how they are available to help.

Aerospace

Strata's workforce leaders share perspectives on women in manufacturing

UAE-based aerostructures manufacturer Strata Manufacturing prides itself on providing opportunities for its multinational, female-dominant workforce.

Design/Simulation

9T Labs, Arkema present new manufacturing approach for small aerospace parts

The companies demonstrate cost-competitive series production of structural composite parts using carbon fiber/PEKK materials and additive manufacturing.

Aerospace

Airbus CEO outlines short- and long-term goals

Guillaume Faury says recovery of commercial passenger air travel is coming, and he wants to position Airbus to be ready to serve when that day arrives. 

Aerospace

Boeing, Airbus announce Q1 2020 results

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically decreased air passenger travel, causing a dramatic decline in new aircraft orders and production. Boeing and Airbus are implementing efforts to reduce costs.

Aerospace

Combination of automation, rigid foam core enable high-volume aircraft part production

A feasibility study demonstrates increased production capacity using Evonik foam core and automated manufacturing.

Compression Molding

Welded thermoplastic composite keel beam demonstrator achieved

EURECAT and partner companies complete Clean Sky 2 KEELBEMAN project, demonstrating TRL3 primary structure technology for future aircraft.

Aerospace

Airbus cuts commercial aircraft production by one third

Airbus will reduce production of the A320 to 40 per month, the A330 to two per month and the A350 to six per month.