Collins Aerospace invests in braiding technology for Banbury, U.K. facility
The multi-axis composite braider will be used to prove out production for complex-shaped components like pressure vessels, battery enclosures and more.
Collins Aerospace (Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.) has announced that it is investing in a new multi-axis composite braider for its Banbury, U.K. facility, to support the manufacture of continuous fiber-reinforced components with complex shapes.
According to Collins, the braider, coupled with resin transfer molding (RTM), will enable the company to deliver integrated, functional and complex components at a more competitive price to challenge conventional materials. Potential markets are said to include automotive and green energy as well as aerospace, and Collins says applications currently in development include integrated transmission shafts, complex-shaped fuel pipes, Type IV and V pressure vessels and eVTOL battery enclosures.
Collins says the braider is in the final stages of factory testing and will be installed and commissioned over the next few months. It will be integrated with an automated press and high-speed RTM equipment, enabling the application of snap cure resins. This automated development cell will be used to prove out production and demonstrate rapid cycle times. In addition to this cell, Collins’ dedicated development facility also includes a robotic filament winder, tailored fiber placement (TFP) machine, various assembly rigs and CNC machines.
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