Episode 4: Pam Schneider and Mike Braley, A&P Technology
A&P Technology Inc. (Cincinnati, Ohio) is a producer of braided materials for the composites industry. Pam Schneider, chief operating officer and Mike Braley, vice president of application development with A&P Technology, discuss advancements in braiding technology, the company’s work on the 787 and how they see composite technology evolving.
Compared to legacy materials like steel, aluminum, iron and titanium, composites are still coming of age, and only just now are being better understood by design and manufacturing engineers. However, composites’ physical properties — combined with unbeatable light weight — make them undeniably attractive.
Approaching rollout and first flight, the 787 relies on innovations in composite materials and processes to hit its targets
The structural properties of composite materials are derived primarily from the fiber reinforcement. Fiber types, their manufacture, their uses and the end-market applications in which they find most use are described.