#AUTOMATION

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.

Wind/Energy

PlasmaBound completes €1.1 million investment round

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

Design/Simulation

Hexagon’s e-Xstream engineering presents improved Digimat software

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

Defense

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. 

Consumer

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. 

Cutting/Kitting

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.

Focus on automation leads to Severstal’s second investment in Airborne

Russian mining and steel firm Severstal’s $10 million investment makes Airborne the first-choice partner in Russia for all composite projects.

Wind/Energy

Ascent Aerospace invests in large-format AM machine

The LFAM machine will enable fabrication and delivery of production-ready fixtures and molds at significantly reduced lead-times. 

Aerospace

Coriolis Composites and Edixia develop inline inspection for AFP

Video and discussion of how the sensor and software operate to boost composites productivity

Machining/Drilling

Siemens, Comau offer integrated robot/CNC control solution

The jointly offered system enables Comau robot kinematics to be fully integrated into a Siemens CNC system.

Defense

Novel prepreg for compression molding in RAPM

Solvay and Boeing combine aerospace performance with process knowledge for high-rate, low-cost composites production.

Glass Fibers

ITA RWTH Aachen University launches fiber-coating line, carbon fiber research

The Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University is presenting innovations in glass and carbon fiber production at the joint stand of the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Construction.

Aerospace

National Composites Centre unveils digital composites technologies

The U.K.’s National Composites Centre unveils new composites manufacturing technologies, marking the culmination of a two-year, £36.7m digitization project.

Fabrics/Preforms

Compression RTM for production of future aerostructures

Automated preforming and 5-min resin infiltration show a way forward for lower-cost CFRP primary structures.

Carbon Fibers

CFRP preform technology is fast, flexible, efficient

Porsche racecar is first to sport part-via-preform technology.

Composites 4.0: digital assistants, edge computing and future smart factories

Glass Fibers

Automated joining of hybrid metal-thermoplastic composite structures

The FlexHyJoin production cell combines surface structuring, induction and laser joining and NDT for automotive mass production.

ATL/AFP

Highlights: Composites Convention 2019

Highlights from the Composites Convention 2019, June 12-13, in Stade, Germany, organized by CFK Valley e.V. and Carbon Composites e.V, and the German Aerospace Center’s 5th Colloquium on Production Technology, on May 15, in Augsburg.

Machining/Drilling

CarbonPro box: new forming process

From materials to assembly, the carbon fiber composite CarbonPro box manufacturing process features innovative, automated preforming technologies.

Aerospace

Automated, in-situ inspection a necessity for next-gen aerospace

Inline inspection technologies continue to evolve with the aim of providing faster and more accurate part inspection.

Automotive

Thermoplastic overmolded thermosets, 2-minute cycle, one cell

Adhesive-free, functionalized hybrid composites enabled by industry-first, integrated molding cell.

Aerospace

CW's top 10 posts of 2018

The top 10 most viewed articles on the CompositesWorld website in 2018.