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Published: 7/31/2015

AFP/ATL evolution: Dual-process workcells
Independent contractor and occasional CE columnist Carroll Grant draws attention to a recent phenomenon in the development of automated lamination equipment: machinery capable of operating interchangeable AFP and ATL heads.

Published: 6/1/2015

The ends will be justified by the means
CW Editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan recalls the one question he's consistently fielded throughout his quarter century in magazine editing and publishing: “Don’t you worry about running out of things to write about?” Here's his an...

Published: 4/30/2015

Why South Carolina? Why now?
CW guest columnist Tom Lemire (T.F. Lemire Consulting Inc., Irvine, CA, US), comments on the aerospace industry's current attraction to this particular spot on the US map and wonders if it's the beginning of a trend.

Published: 4/30/2015

What is the genesis of automated tape laying technology?
CW Editor-in-Chief Jeff Sloan seeks and finds the roots of automated tape-laying technology in the work done by close associates of legendary composites-industry pioneer Brandt Goldsworthy.

Published: 3/31/2015

Notes from JEC Europe 2015: Known knowns, known unknowns and unknown unknowns
The composites industry’s largest trade show, JEC Europe, was held March 10-12 in Paris. CW's editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan offers his just-back-from-the-show assessment.

Published: 3/2/2015

Applying the Internet of Things to composites production efficiency
The Internet of Things is defined as the technology of connecting devices, systems and services that goes beyond mere machine-to-machine communications. Guest columnist Avner Ben-Bassat, president/CEO of Plataine Ltd. (Waltham, MA, US) calls for its...

Published: 3/2/2015

Looking for Lindberghs
Every paradigm-shifting invention throughout human history has been met with skepticism. CW editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan says the composites industry has need of those willing to attempt what most believe impossible.

Published: 9/1/2014

Ramping up to the carbon fiber supply challenge
HPC guest columnist Tom Lemire, president of T.F. Lemire Consulting Inc. (Irvine, Calif.), comments on the necessary response of carbon fiber suppliers to the likely increasing demand for carbon fiber in the coming years.

Published: 8/1/2014

The reality of carbon fiber for the auto industry today
Greg Rucks, a manager in the transportation practice at composites think tank Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI, Snowmass, Colo.), sees realistic pathways for carbon fiber incursion in to the automotive passenger car market.

Published: 5/31/2014

Where are they now?
As the BMW i3 plug-in electric commuter car approaches rate production, Composites Technology's editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan updates the status of some other electric vehicle pioneers.