#AUTOMATION

Defense

Hawthorn Composites awarded structural inlet duct manufacturing contract 

Manufacture of inlet ducts for Kratos unmanned combat aerial vehicle involves an automated dry fiber overbraiding process, VARTM infusion and oven cure.
#braiding #automation #outofautoclave

RTM

Novel dry tape for liquid molded composites

MTorres seeks to enable next-gen aircraft and open new markets for composites with low-cost, high-permeability tapes and versatile, high-speed production lines.
#automation #outofautoclave #windblades

Carbon Fibers

RAMPF TFP machine designs lightweight, cost-competitive complex composite parts

Eight-head Tailored Fiber Placement machine selectively places and orients composite filaments where strength or weight optimization is required. 
#automation #layup

Carbon Fibers

Victrex, Electroimpact achieve thermoset AFP speeds using thermoplastics

Using Electroimpact’s AFP technology and Victrex’s low-melt PAEK prepreg tape, the companies report laydown speeds of 4,000 inches per minute.
#paek #automation #outofautoclave

Carbon Fibers

Spintech opens new composites manufacturing division, Hawthorn Composites

New division specializes in manufacturing complex geometry composite parts using novel dry fiber preforming and resin infusion techniques, extending Spintech composite capabilities.
#automation #outofautoclave

Cutting/Kitting

Airborne, JETCAM develop digital interface for automated kitting

Integration of Airborne’s automated kitting solution and JETCAM’s CrossTrack software provides seamless data exchange for automated kitting of composite plies. 
#automation #layup

Digital design concepts shape next-generation combat aviation

Design processes that typically take months have been completed in days using BAE Systems' digital twin concept when developing the next-generation Tempest aircraft.
#nextgenaerospace #automation #composites4_0

Defense

NIAR’s ATLAS lab to install Cevotec SAMBA Pro system in 2021

The new system will open multiple options for evaluation and development based on Fiber Patch Placement technology, including material characterizations, application and process development, prototyping and testing.
#automation #layup

Injection/Overmolding

Bespoke process produces composite brake pedal every minute

Three composite materials are used to create structural composite member that meets demanding mechanical requirements.
#workinprogress #automation #layup

Carbon Fibers

Fraunhofer IFAM automates pre-assembly of CFRP fuselage frames

Positioning and drilling end effector for automated, high-precision and quality-assured pre-assembly developed with Airbus in German-funded “Tempo” sub-project.
#automation

Fabrics/Preforms

Cevotec SAMBA Pro Prepreg system added to FPC technology portfolio

Installation of the automated Fiber Patch Placement system in Fraunhofer IGCV’s Fiber Placement Center serves active technology and application development.  
#weaving #automation #layup

Automotive

The markets: Fuel cells and batteries (2021)

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

Plataine, iSpecc partner, expand U.K. presence

Collaboration enhances Plataine’s footprint in the U.K. advanced manufacturing industry, with a focus on IoT, Industry 4.0 and other AI-based solutions.
#workforcedevelopment #automation #composites4_0

Carbon Fibers

CSP fine-tunes CF-RTM process, launches production programs

The carbon fiber RTM press will be installed at the CSP facility in Palmela, Portugal in order to run the company's first commercial applications using this technology.
#automation #sustainability

WSU-NIAR receives $13.5 million from Air Force for advanced composites research

Additional funding extends NIAR’s Modeling for Affordable, Sustainable Composites (MASC) research program, which will develop technologies to optimize digital twin data.
#ceramicmatrixcomposites #automation #composites4_0

Automotive

Composites mold manufacturer, BBG, is finalist for Germany’s best toolmaker 2020

Smart molds for Industry 4.0 applications key to its recognition in “Excellence in Production” competition.
#automation #composites4_0

Rapid Robotics launches ready-to-work robotic machine operator

“Out of the box,” the Rapid Machine Operator — which automates common machine tasks for a variety of industries — can be up and running in hours, no systems integration required.
#automation

Carbon Fibers

AVK announces winners of 2020 Innovation Awards

Several sustainable composite innovations were recognized and awarded in the Innovative Products/Applications, Innovative Processes and Research and Science categories.
#automation

Thermoplastics

Concordia University leverages Swiftcomp VABS software

The university is using AnalySwift’s simulation software as part of the company’s Academic Partner Program to research composite tubes, particularly those used in helicopter landing gear.
#automation

Compression Molding

Episode 33: Ethan Escowitz, Arris Composites

CW Talks checks in with Ethan Escowitz, co-founder and CEO of Arris Composites, to learn about the Additive Molding technology his company has developed.
#infrastructure #northropgrumman #automation