HITCO receives manufacturing technology award

Carbon fiber composites specialist HITCO is recognized by The Composites Consortium for its work in large-scale composite structures for U.S. heavy lift launch vehicles.

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Los Angeles, California, July 31, 2013. HITCO Carbon Composites (Los Angeles, Calif., USA), a subsidiary of SGL Group – The Carbon Co. (Wiesbaden, Germany) announced on July 31 that it has received the 2013 Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award from a composites industry leadership group The Composites Consortium (TCC) for its work in large-scale composite structures for U.S. heavy lift launch vehicles. The award recognizes excellence in advanced manufacturing technology for composite materials.

“We are very pleased to receive this award,” says Dave Kucharski, HITCO’s president. “Through the perseverance and hard work of our employees as well as that of our various team members, we were able to meet or exceed all of the project’s goals for automated fabrication of out-of-autoclave materials. These achievements set the stage for widespread use of this new class of composites in future production applications.”

The Composites Consortium enables industry participation within the Composites Manufacturing Technology Center (CMTC) of Excellence, a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) R&D initiative administered by SCRA Applied R&D. CMTC is one of nine U. S. Navy Manufacturing Technology Centers of Excellence currently operating within the country. These centers support the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research and are renowned internationally for their work in improving weapons systems and troop safety for U.S. forces as well as processes, cost effectiveness and efficiencies for the DoD.

HITCO, which has a multi-decade long track record of supplying composite components to the U.S. Navy for production programs including submarine bow domes and fairings, participated as a member of the Large Scale Composite Structures for U.S. Heavy Lift Launch Vehicles Project Team. The project team received the award for its work in manufacturing aerospace composite components using the latest carbon fiber and polymer systems. The project used advanced materials and processing methods, successfully manufacturing large-scale, high-tech composites at reduced tooling costs. Additional team members included Janicki Engineering and Spirit AeroSystems.

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