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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.
People in Composites: September 2019
CW’s monthly roundup of people news in the composites industry, including recent appointments at Gougeon Brothers, Scott Bader, Shape, KraussMaffei, Teijin Ltd. and the NASA Langley Research Center.
Boston SAMPE to highlight advanced composite driver-side commercial passenger car door project
The featured project is an example of an automated low-cycle time solution that enables composites to become a viable alternative to metals in high rate automotive manufacturing.
JEC World 2019 preview: KraussMaffei
KraussMaffei (Munich, Germany) is focusing on its FiberForm process, pultrusion and unidirectional (UD) tapes at its JEC World 2019 booth, Booth R28, Hall 6.
KraussMaffei acquires Pultrex
KraussMaffei’s recent purchasing agreement with Pultrex adds the company’s 40 years of experience in pultrusion to KraussMaffei’s portfolio.
Tepex technology featured in center console armrest manufacturing demonstration
Composite sheet technology from specialty chemicals company Lanxess featured in live production demonstration during NPE2018.
Fast and Faster: Rapid-cure resins drive down cycle times
New systems include sub-1-minute cures ideal for higher automotive production volumes.
Large, Class A parts every 60-150 seconds
Romeo RIM advances long fiber injection process efficiency for lighter, lower-cost composite parts.
KraussMaffei doubles pultrusion speed and continued developing composites processes for large series production
New iPul pultrusion system doubles production speed while intelligent automation cuts cycle time in FiberForm and RTM processes.
Plant Tour: Fraunhofer ICT, Pfinztal, Germany
This wide-ranging research center works with government and industry to develop the best of polymer composite processing, across a range of technologies.
Preforming goes industrial: Part 1
ATL and AFP-based preforming options now abound for processing dry and/or impregnated reinforcements as quickly as 1 minute or less with potential yearly part yields in the millions.
JEC World 2017: Show report, part 1
JEC World 2017 was, by almost any measure, the biggest and busiest JEC event yet, and exhibitors came with much to show the world of composites about innovation in materials, equipment and technology.
500,000 parts per year? No problem!
BENTELER-SGL develops fully automated HP-RTM production of the weight- and space-saving composite leaf spring for Volvo’s multi-model SPA global platform.
KraussMaffei's new one-step forming and back injection for composites
KraussMaffei is working on the development of new hybrid materials and processes in collaboration with the Dresden University of Technology.
CW Plant Tour: Composite Technology Center, Stade, Germany
A cornerstone of Germany’s CFK Valley, CTC pushes composites forward via automation, recycling, digital thread-based manufacturing and more.
Video: KraussMaffei T-RTM demo at K 2016
Live demos are found almost everywhere you look during the K show. One of particular interest was KraussMaffei’s Thermoplastic Resin Transfer Molding (T-RTM) demo.
BMW 7 Series Plant: Dingolfing, Germany
Via four different manufacturing methods, CFRP goes mainstream in automated multi-material BIW and assembly operations at BMW’s busiest plant.
Getting real: Thermoplastic resin transfer molding
KraussMaffei is launching this fall thermoplastic resin transfer molding (T-RTM), through which caprolactam is injected into a preform and then in-mold polymerized to create polyamide 6.
There are numerous methods for fabricating composite components. Selection of a method for a particular part, therefore, will depend on the materials, the part design and end-use or application. Here's a guide to selection.
LG Hausys invests in HP-RTM machine from KraussMaffei
The machine is producing advanced structural components for the visible part of automobiles, including a CFRP roof panel.
Turnkey manufacturing systems: Simplifying automated HP-RTM
Having offered turnkey systems for composites since the 1990s for sheet molding compound (SMC), long fiber thermoplastic (LFT) and glass mat thermoplastic (GMT), Dieffenbacher (Eppingen, Germany) now has automated systems for high-pressure resin transfer molding (HP-RTM).