#BOEING

Cutting/Kitting

High-rate, automated aerospace RTM line delivers next-gen spoilers

At Spirit AeroSystem’s Prestwick facility in Scotland, a glimpse of the future of aerocomposites manufacturing in a resin transfer molding line for A320 spoilers.
#ndi #cuttingtools #insidemanufacturing

A retrospective take on the composites industry and the pandemic

Dale Brosius reflects on recent composites industry trends and how they are impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 
#workforcedevelopment #787 #electricvehicles

Prepregs

Narrow UD tapes to bridge the ATL-AFP gap

Automated tape laying and automated fiber placement are similar, but not the same. Can narrow tapes provide a middle ground with advantages of both processes for next-gen aircraft?
#a350 #airbus #infrastructure

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.
#airbus #boeing #composites4_0

Automotive

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.  
#feature #automation #composites4_0

Consumer

Boron fiber: The original high-performance fiber

History and future developments for high-performance boron fiber.
#bmi #northropgrumman #marketing

Aerospace

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.
#777x #boeing

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.
#nextgenaerospace #787 #a350

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.
#v22 #f-35 #boeing

Processes

Glossary

Glossary of composites terms
#sustainability #adhesives #aramidfiber

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.
#spiritaerosystems #boeing

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.
#marketing #regulation #workforcedevelopment

Carbon Fibers

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.
#boeing

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.
#boeing

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. 
#perspectives-and-provocations #sustainability #airbus

Aerospace

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.
#space #planttours #windblades

Aerospace

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.
#weaving #marketing #regulation

Aerospace

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.
#777x #boeing #layup

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.
#space #boeing

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. 
#boeing