#AUTOMATION

Carbon Fibers

Automated aerocomposites production: Liquid molding or welded thermoplastic?

Two materials and process approaches are demonstrated for CFRP bulkhead production.
#nextgenaerospace #feature #automation

Plaitaine IIoT solution improves Brazilian facility's manufacturing operation

The integration of Plataine’s solution into Alestis Aerospace’s Brazilian facility automates production workflow, optimizes cut-planning processes, saving time, cost and material.
#automation

Marine

Moi Composites debuts 3D-printed glass fiber boat

Moi used its patented CFM 3D printing technology for depositing continuous fibers impregnated with thermosetting resin to develop MAMBO’s unique design. 
#automation #continuousfiberAM

Cutting/Kitting

AI-based software solution improves Enercon's cutting and kitting operations

Plataine's optimization software solution enables Enercon to meet market demand, automate manufacturing processes and significantly reduce production costs and material waste.
#automation #composites4_0

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.
#automation

Airborne launches Industrialization Partner Model

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

Valuable data: From travelers to the as-built digital twin

Taking advantage of the electronic record proves to be of significant value to composite fabricator’s record-keeping process. 
#pastpresentandfuture #workforcedevelopment #automation

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. 
#automation #composites4_0

Automotive

EV battery enclosure inspires material, process innovations

High unit volume and low weight requirements for electric bus battery enclosures fueled development of TRB Lightweight Structures’ specialized epoxy system and automated composites production line.
#focusondesign #electricvehicles #automation

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.
#automation #composites4_0

Prepregs

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. 
#automation

Testing

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.
#electricvehicles #automation #sheetmoldingcompound

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.
#automation #layup

Aerospace

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.
#braiding #spiritaerosystems #automation

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.
#workforcedevelopment #automation #layup

Compression Molding

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. 
#automation #outofautoclave

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.
#automation #composites4_0

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.
#automation

Fabrics/Preforms

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.
#automation

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. 
#automation