#AUTOMATION

Construction

Adapa A/S technology chosen for flexible composite design and manufacture

The University of Stuttgart Institute of Aircraft Design is using adaptive mold technology to develop composite products and automated robotic manufacture processes for the construction industry.

Airborne launches Industrialization Partner Model

The model acts as a composite industrialization guide, enabling support from early composite production development up to technological implementation.  

Additive Manufacturing

Orbital Composites, ORNL collaborate to advance robotic polymer and composite AM

The research will focus on the development of a commercially-ready system capable of robotic overprinting on pre-manufactured non-planar surfaces, with multi-material polymers and continuous fiber. 

Additive Manufacturing

Teton launches Smart Slice simulation 3D printing tool

The software automatically optimizes slicing parameters for 3D printers, reduces print iterations and provides near instant feedback on the viability of a user’s project.

ATL/AFP

Addcomposites and Effman partner to provide AFP cells for SMEs

Aim is affordable, enclosed composites manufacturing cells for many different processes (AFP, grinding, buffing, sanding, drilling) in North American market. 

Automotive

All-composite EV wheel moves to next development phase

U.K. consortium partners’ ACRIM II project aims to develop a low-cost, lightweight, all-composite wheel for electric vehicle applications.

Design/Simulation

Hexagon vision inspection eliminates manual inspection process

According to AMRC’s case study, Hexagon’s composite inspection technology uses 3D modeling to scan and map fiber orientation data, generating a 3D profile of the part being inspected.

RTM

Teijin Ltd. Tenax carbon fiber qualified for Airbus A320neo

Tenax dry reinforcements non-crimp fabrics and braided fibers will form the skins and stiffeners via automated RTM.

Defense

Quickstep Technology selects JETCAM and CrossTrack for nesting and material tracking

In its final stages of JETCAM testing, Quickstep maintains its future expansion plans for Industry 4.0 functionality and a paperless factory.

Thermoplastics

TPRC investigates AFP in-situ consolidation alternative

The two-step process involves deposition of thermoplastic prepreg via AFP, followed by vacuum-bag-only (VBO). Research has already been completed in the qualitative stage. 

Siemens AG, SAP accelerate digital transformation with partnership

Integration of software solutions across PLM, ERP, asset management and supply chain will drive digital transformation across enterprises.

Kane Robotics introduces low-cost automation for composite bond preparation

Collaborative robots use algorithm-based quality inspection systems to automate assembly and finishing processes for composite aerospace structures.

Design/Simulation

DrapeCube offers cost-effective preforming process for FRP textile production

The DrapeCube offers a cost-effective design for the production of fiber preforms from textile semi-finished products.

Additive Manufacturing

Fortify launches Flux One 3D printer for fiber-reinforced polymers

Flux One achieves new material properties and improved functionality with a continuous kinetic mixing (CKM) module and Fluxprint magnetic alignment to manage fiber orientation. 

Eastman Machine appoints TeCS as U.K. representative

TeCS has established an Eastman technical demonstration facility inside composites specialist Kamm Projects Ltd. in Newcastle, U.K.

ATL/AFP

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.  

Carbon Fibers

PlasmaBound completes €1.1 million investment round

Ireland-based PlasmaBound has developed controlled polymer ablation (CPA) technology, which joins structural adhesives to composites materials.

Aerospace

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.

Design/Simulation

Hexagon’s e-Xstream engineering presents improved Digimat software

The multi-scale material modeling software enables more comprehensive advanced composite design capabilities. 

Pultrusion

Plasan North America expands composite manufacturing solutions

The company plans to expand and invest in automated cutting technology to go with established prepregging, pultrusion and autoclave cure expertise.

Design/Simulation

Siemens unveils Teamcenter X software

Its product lifecycle management solution enables more efficiency, collaboration and streamlining for product development. 

Testing

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. 

Automotive

Engel, Fill develop automated cell for thermoplastic composites

The system combines a tape-laying cell with a consolidation unit to produce fit-for-purpose blanks with 15-30 tapes in 1-minute intervals. 

Aerospace

Magellan Aerosystem commits to Airborne automated kitting system

Manufactured by Airborne, the solution will support fabrication of composite horizontal tail assemblies for the F-35 fighter aircraft.