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8/1/2016 | 2 MINUTE READ

Web Industries expands Atlanta facility

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These additions are the first part of a $12 million, three-year infrastructure investment plan.

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Web Industries Inc., Marlborough, Mass., has announced recent infrastructure additions and storage expansion at its plant outside of Atlanta. Web Atlanta produces precision composite slit tape and ply kits and provides vendor managed inventory services to the aerospace industry’s manufacturers and part fabricators. These additions are the first part of a $12 million, three-year infrastructure investment plan that will increase efficiency and capacity at Web Atlanta.

To meet growing demand for Web’s PrecisionSlit composite slit tape, the company has developed new processes that enable the production of longer slit tape spools with improved slit tape edges and an increased usable life span, all of which offer aerospace companies better manufacturing production rates. Taking place in a set of linked climate-controlled rooms, these new processes quickly thaw frozen raw composite material parent rolls, prep them for formatting in an ISO 8 clean room environment, and then hold the prepped material in a temperature-controlled “suspended animation” until slitting can occur.

To support the rapidly-growing base of aerospace fabricators based in the southeastern US that utilize hand lay-up processes, Web Atlanta is expanding its automated prepreg cutting and ply kitting operations. Four additional cutting tables will join Web’s existing assets in a customized environment optimized for FOD-free production and offering the region’s aerospace, defense and aviation industries a centrally-located, AS9100C certified supplier of custom-tailored composite ply kits.    

To handle the projected increase in raw and formatted composites volumes, Web Atlanta has built a new 120,839 ft3 cold storage freezer. This brings the facility’s total freezer capacity to 289,214 ft3, which is one of the largest freezer footprints in the industry. This also expands the volume of vendor managed inventory services that Web can offer, giving innovative aerospace fabricators greater options to contract out their raw material procurement and storage, inventory lot tracking, quality assurance systems, customized ply kit or slit tape formatting, fulfillment, and finished goods safety stock.

“Every sector of the commercial aerospace industry is looking to increase build rates and fulfill outstanding orders,” said Mark Pihl, Web’s President and COO. “Web’s continued investment in the expansion of our Atlanta facility and the ongoing development of new formatting technologies will allow our company to stay ahead of demand for composite slit tape and ply kits and will reinforce our position within the industry as the trusted source for formatted composites at commercial-scale volumes in support of major aerospace development programs.”

The Web Atlanta facility was purpose-built in 2005 to be the company’s Center of Excellence for Advanced Composites. It houses both Web’s primary domestic composites formatting operations and the Composites Automation Development Center, an industry-unique material evaluation and processability testing facility.

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