Compression Molding

Automated Preforming, Part 6: Coriolis Composites

Pioneer in automated fiber placement (AFP) advances preforms for overmolded thermoplastic composites enabling production of one automotive part every 20 seconds.
#audi #layup #automation


DLR invests in automated preforming spin-off COPRO Technology GmbH

German Aerospace Center (DLR) supports reduced-cost roll-forming of composite profiles
#weaving #automation

Carbon Fibers

Fiber Patch Placement at scale

SAMBA automated cells now offered in Step, Pro and Scale models, for 3D preforming dry fiber and prepreg at rates up to 15-100 kg/hr.
#layup #automation


Improving composites processing with automated inspection

Automated, in-situ inspection bypasses the bottleneck of manual inspection.  
#777x #airbus #automation


Consolidating thermoplastic composite aerostructures in place, Part 1

After more than 30 years of development, in-situ consolidation is nearing its promise to eliminate fasteners and the autoclave, and enable an integrated, multifunctional airframe.
#a380 #stelia #cleansky


Zero-defect manufacturing of composite parts

ZAero project aims for 30-50% boost in productivity via inline AFP inspection, simulated part performance and decision support tools.
#airbus #workforcedevelopment #layup

CW's top 10 digital content of 2017

CW’s first list of 2018 is a simple one: The top 10 most viewed articles on the CompositesWorld website in 2017.
#ceramicmatrixcomposites #sustainability #outofautoclave


Real-time automated ply inspection (RTAPI) system: CW’s series on automated inspection methods

More composites being used in aircraft, and the pressure for higher production rates means new technologies for automated, in-process inspection while the part is being fabricated. Groups around the world are working on this, and making great strides. 
#automation #a350 #boeing


Improving one-piece aerostructures by automating preforming

IAI’s fully automated “one-shot” RTM production line cuts helicopter seat cost 30% vs. hand layup prepreg.
#autoclave #weaving #automation


Automated preforming: Intelligent automation in pick-and-place systems

Layups go industrial with hand-like grippers that can fold fabric or prepreg into corners and robot-mounted cameras that inspect from fabric to cut plies to fiber gaps in final preforms.
#automation #weaving #cuttingtools


Automated Preforming, Part 5: Holistic Quality Optimization

Simulation and testing key to integrated approach for optimization of automated preforming, offering time and cost savings as well as basis for automated quality inspection.
#automation #outofautoclave


Automated Preforming, Part 4: Drapability Testing

Textechno discusses how this test works, the new German test standard and its benefits for composites
#automation #weaving #workforcedevelopment


Plant Tour: BENTELER SGL, Ort im Innkreis, Austria

High-volume CFRP structures pioneer makes industrialization and multimaterial assembly look easy.
#automation #hprtm #facc


Preforming goes industrial: Part 2

Automated preforming isn’t only for 2D and 2.5D parts. Innovators are taking successful aim at building 3D preforms at production speeds.
#feature #formula1 #windblades


Variable-axial composites open path to lighter composite structures

CFRP recurve bow riser demonstrates design and manufacturing approach with potential to cut weight vs. aluminum by 50-75% while increasing strength and stiffness.
#weaving #a350 #cuttingtools

Addressing workforce challenges in the composites industry

Baby Boomers, workforce development and automation.
#workforcedevelopment #marketing #cuttingtools


Automated Preforming, Part 3: Quilted Stratum Process

CW’s tour of Cetim and the QSP line which preforms multi-thickness thermoplastic materials in 40-90 seconds for composite parts with cycle times of 1-2 minutes.
#weaving #automation #pei


Automated Preforming, Part 2: Glide Forming

Flat layups are shaped into stringers with different cross-sections, lengths, thicknesses and curvatures using a single machine at rates up to 10 mm per second.
#787 #layup #a350


Preforming goes industrial: Part 1

ATL and AFP-based preforming options now abound for processing dry and/or impregnated reinforcements as quickly as 1 minute or less with potential yearly part yields in the millions.
#outofautoclave #windblades #audi

Automated Preforming, Part 1: Numbers and Landscape

CW’s multi-blog series on preforming begins with an overview and quick look at the numbers: 1-minute take time, 10-15 seconds per layer, 490-kg/hr and 3.5 million parts/year. Are you ready for serial CFRP production?
#bulkmoldingcompound #airbus #aeroengines