#AUTOMATION

Thermoplastics

Thermoplastic composites “clip” time, labor on small but crucial parts

Preconsolidated carbon fiber/PPS and PEEK and automated thermoforming enable six-figure production of connectors for the Airbus A350 XWB.
#airbus #automation #a350

Thermoplastics

CAMISMA’s car seat back: Hybrid composite for high volume

Recycled fibers, in-situ polymerized PA12 and steel inserts combined in one-shot process to cut weight 40 percent at competitive cost, cycle time and safety.
#layup #polyacrylonitrile #adhesives

Thermoplastics

Leichtbau ist hybridbau

Integrating multiple materials and functions for lightweight construction in the German automotive industry.
#audi #adhesives #automation

Infusion

Meter/mix/dispense machines: Doubling down on control

The latest equipment solutions deliver lower costs, faster cycle times and better part properties.
#a380 #airbus #layup

Automotive

Structural preform technologies emerge from the shadows

Not yet in full production, with one exception, all are aimed at accelerating composite part manufacture at fast automotive rates.
#bmw #braiding #marketing

Wind/Energy

Offshore wind: How big will blades get?

 Explosive growth in offshore wind farms will push the limits of blade engineering as manufacturers pursue massive designs that will harvest more megawatts.
#automation #windblades #outofautoclave

Compression Molding

Taking Subjectivity out of Class A Surface Evaluation

Toward the goal of more consistent, repeatable and quantifiable Class A surface analysis, automakers and systems suppliers are developing and employing automated surface inspection tools.
#bulkmoldingcompound #chrysler #sheetmoldingcompound

Market Trends: Standing on the Threshold

In his book by the same name, Malcom Gladwell describes The Tipping Point as “that magical moment when an idea, trend or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips and spreads like wildfire.” After decades of strong growth driven by a desire for improved performance, high-performance composites have arrived at the
#automation #f-35 #layup

Update: Automated repair cell

Consortium makes progress on aircraft component diagnostics/repair cell concept.
#cuttingtools #layup #workforcedevelopment

RTM

Autoclave Quality Outside The Autoclave?

Pioneers of out-of-autoclave processing in aerospace applications answer a qualified but enthusiastic Yes!
#northropgrumman #outofautoclave #space

January Editorial

I trust that all of you had an enjoyable Christmas break. We took the opportunity here to do some end-of-year cleaning out and sprucing up, and also to reflect on the past year and our 2005 accomplishments here at Ray Publishing. One of our biggest was the launch of our e-newsletter, CompositesWorld Weekly. It gives
#automation #precursor #generalaviation

Design/Simulation

The craft of aircraft repair

As the use of composites on commercial and military aircraft grows, repair facilities seek more science in what remains a primarily manual art.
#layup #ndi #boeing