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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.

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.  

Prepregs

Boron fiber: The original high-performance fiber

History and future developments for high-performance boron fiber.

Prepregs

Strata, Solvay joint venture facility completed

The 8,500-square-meter United Arab Emirates facility will supply carbon fiber prepreg to Boeing for primary structures on the 777X program.

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.

Defense

Bell Boeing delivers 400th V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft

The composites-intensive plane, since it entered service in 2007, has logged more than 500,000 flight hours.

Processes

Glossary

Glossary of composites terms

Aerospace

Spirit AeroSystems pauses work on 20 737 MAX shipsets

The move was made following a request from Boeing that Spirit pause additional work on four 737 MAX shipsets and avoid starting production on 16 737 MAX shipsets to be delivered in 2020.

CAMX Expo

Episode 32: Gregg Balko, SAMPE

Gregg Balko, CEO of SAMPE since 2004, is retiring on July 1, 2020. CW editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan talks to Gregg about his tenure at SAMPE, changes he led and how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the trade show and conference business — including SAMPE’s.

Aerospace

DH Sutherland, Toray Composite Materials America to support Boeing aftermarket aircraft

The global distribution partnership is designed to rapidly supply TCMA materials to commercial airlines and MRO customers.

Aerospace

Boeing resumes 737 MAX production

After suspending production in January, Boeing says low-rate production has begun at its Renton, Wash., U.S. facility.

Automotive

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. 

Prepregs

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.

Marine

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.

Defense

SME recognizes leaders in aerospace and defense manufacturing

Boeing technical fellow Kurtis Willden, Aligned Vision and the Boeing Co. received 2020 Excellence in Composites Manufacturing Awards.

Aerospace

Boeing-built X-37B launches in second mission for U.S. Space Force

The May 17 launch is the sixth mission for the autonomous spaceplane, and includes added payload capacity for support a variety of experiments.

Solvay implements cost-cutting, efficiency plans

Effciency plans begun for Solvay’s composites business in 2019 are being accelerated to combat loss of business cause by the coronavirus pandemic. 

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.

Carbon Fibers

Revolutionizing the composites cost paradigm, Part 2: Forming

Boeing-led parts trials explore infusion, compression molding and thermoplastics, offering lessons and supply chain options to better compete with aluminum.

Infusion

Boeing announces first unmanned Loyal Wingman defense aircraft

The first of three prototypes, the Loyal Wingman’s artificial intelligence application and its use of composites soars above the milestone set for unmanned aircraft.

Compression Molding

RAPM development with PtFS

Boeing-led program explores rapid part cycles using automated, 180-channel thermal control molding cell for infusion, thermoset prepreg and thermoplastic composites.

Aerospace

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.

Manufacturing the complex geometry parts of RAPM

Boeing-led program explores simulation, tooling, preforming and molding approaches to lower composites part cost.

Automotive

Novel prepreg for compression molding in RAPM

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