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nebumind software for digital product twin and analysis from manufacturing data

Using sensor data to improve composite parts and processes
nebumind software builds digital twins from manufacturing data to trace defects, compare manufactured parts, qualify processes, develop tolerance windows for process monitoring and more.

FRAMES: Full-scale thermoplastic composite aircraft rear-end demonstrator

FRAMES: Full-scale thermoplastic composite aircraft rear-end demonstrator
Clean Sky 2 project led by ESTIA-Compositadour will develop enabling technologies for optimum rear fuselage and empennage.

Future Composite Manufacturing virtual symposium for AFP and AM

Future Composite Manufacturing virtual symposium for AFP and AM
 The virtual symposium, held Sept. 9-10, 2020, will focus on current state, trends and opportunities for automated fiber placement (AFP) and additive manufacturing (AM). 

DLR Institute for Structures and Design development of Composites 4.0 automation

Composites 4.0: Digital transformation, adaptive production, new paradigms
An evolving landscape of automation, sensors and AI software is not an end, but a means to achieve the cost, quality, efficiency and agility required for future manufacturing.  

AZL Aachen iComposite 4.0 project

Digital thread vs. digital twin
Visualizing the difference between digital representations and data flows and understanding the applications that are changing composites manufacturing and business models.

No business case for reteaching robots

No business case for reteaching robots
DLR Center for Lightweight Production Technology has developed an AI-equipped work cell where collaborative robots can switch from producing composite rear pressure bulkheads to fuselage panels without requiring reprogramming or retraining.

Composites 4.0: Architecture and ontology

Composites 4.0: Architecture and ontology
Adaptive systems, IoT platforms and apps, the need for 4.0 standardization and a new way to develop and certify composite aerostructures.

foam core for high-volume aerospace composite parts

Combination of automation, rigid foam core enable high-volume aircraft part production
A feasibility study demonstrates increased production capacity using Evonik foam core and automated manufacturing.

DC dielectric sensors for industrial composites production

DC dielectric sensors for industrial composites production
Synthesites in situ process monitoring enables cure decisions based on real-time Tg evaluation that can reduce cure cycles by up to 50%.

Advancing thermoplastic composites and RTM for Clean Sky 2 in Spain

Advancing thermoplastic composites and RTM for Clean Sky 2 in Spain
EURECAT leads projects for TPC keel beam, window frames and thermoset RTM fuselage frames with TPC shear ties for next-gen aircraft.

Premium Aerotec carbon fiber composite pressure bulkhead

Premium AEROTEC displays thermoplastic CFRP pressure bulkhead
Demonstrator at Paris Air Show advances resistance welding toward serial manufacturing of composite fuselage shells for next-generation aircraft.