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AFP tow steering comes of age, Part 1: Current state
It used to be enough that AFP systems could precisely and quickly place and cut multiple tows to build complex aerostructures. Now, fabricators need those tows steered, and the tighter the radius, the better.
Narrow UD tapes to bridge the ATL-AFP gap
Automated tape laying and automated fiber placement are similar, but not the same. Can narrow tapes provide a middle ground with advantages of both processes for next-gen aircraft?
ORNL, AddUp collaborate on additive manufacturing for tooling applications
As part of an R&D agreement, AddUp and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory are developing industrial laser powder bed fusion technology for complex tooling.
Modular, mobile, multiple robotics poised to change the AFP/ATL paradigm
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is working on two multi-robot automated fiber and tape placement technologies that could change the paradigm in large-part aerocomposites manufacturing.
Automated, in-situ inspection a necessity for next-gen aerospace
Inline inspection technologies continue to evolve with the aim of providing faster and more accurate part inspection.
JEC World 2019 preview: Fives
Fives (Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.) will be presenting its next-generation sensor for in-process inspection of carbon fiber-reinforced layups, reportedly capable of reducing processing time by up to 30% compared to layup operations using manual inspection.
National Research Council of Canada and Fives partner on inspection technology for aerospace
The joint venture is working to develop an advanced profilometer that will provide faster and more accurate part inspection.
Israel’s aerodefense cornerstone poised for greater global outreach
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is developing increasing expertise both in and out of the autoclave as it expands an already broad composites production portfolio.
Improving composites processing with automated inspection, Part II
Three additional inspection equipment providers describe their development of inline production quality-control systems.
Improving composites processing with automated inspection
Automated, in-situ inspection bypasses the bottleneck of manual inspection.
Real-time automated ply inspection (RTAPI) system: CW’s series on automated inspection methods
More composites being used in aircraft, and the pressure for higher production rates means new technologies for automated, in-process inspection while the part is being fabricated. Groups around the world are working on this, and making great strides.
Another opportunity to meet, and learn, in Paris
At the JEC World 2017, improvements in materials and processes were present at nearly every stand, with the emphasis on automotive-capable production speeds.
Two-stage tape layup: Access cuts/Atlas 2 lays up
A legacy 1980s technology builds visionary Dreamliner wingskins.
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.
JEC World 2016, the full report
CompositesWorld's editors report on the technologies and products that caught our eye at JEC World 2016, in early March.
Turnkey manufacturing systems: Aiming for automotive-industry volume production
Fives Cincinnati (Hebron, KY, US) has announced an integrated manufacturing system for automotive composites comprising two automated manufacturing cells.
Turnkey manufacturing systems: Materials, markets and maturation
Automated production cells promise affordability and less risk in scaling up composites production, but are they really the path forward?
Laser projection: Envisioning more than templates
Advanced systems offer ply-placement verification, aids to faster assembly and manufacturing process and quality control.
Exelis Aerostructures: Salt Lake City
Braided composite shafts and struts for aircraft are its specialty, but there’s much more to this Utah, US-based rising star.
Plant tour: ATK Aerospace Structures, Clearfield, Utah
High-volume, high-precision fiber and tape placement for the aerospace industry are among many specialties for this composites manufacturing behemoth.
DowAksa to establish U.S. carbon fiber manufacturing presence
DowAksa, a joint venture of Dow and acrylic specialist AKSA, has established DowAksa USA and plans to build an industrial-grade carbon fiber manufacturing operation in the U.S. sometime in the next three to five years.
- Automatic tape layers
- Continuous laminating machines
- Automated fiber placement machines
- Filament winding machines and software controls
- Auxiliary processing equipment
- CNC machining equipment (multiaxis)
- Computer controls and software
- Material handling equipment
- Robotic handling equipment
- Sanders, grinders
- Trimming equipment
- Sanding discs/pads
- NDI equipment
- NDI equipment, other
- Machine calibration services
- Repair services, equipment and machines