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Published: 4/26/2019

Zero-waste: New process, equipment recycles prepreg, tape offal
Technology provides sustainable approach to reusing valuable thermoplastic scrap in chips-based laminate.

Published: 4/5/2019

JEC World 2019: Cevotec engine nacelle demonstrator
Automated layup of multiple materials onto honeycomb core for 3D parts proven with Safran Nacelles collaboration.

Published: 4/2/2019

Spar forming simplified
Adapting its Automated Stiffener Forming (ASF) technology to build spars directly in female molds, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems anticipates dramatic drops in cycle time and manufacturing cost.

Published: 3/29/2019

JEC World 2019 briefs
JEC briefs on Bindatex, FILL, Solvay, Henkel, Web Industries, Cobra, PolyOne, GKN Fokker, Thomas Technik + Innovation and Hyosung Advanced Materials.

Published: 1/24/2019

Plant tour: Meggitt San Diego, CA, US
This aerospace and defense fabricator upgrades to a larger facility and gets, in the process, a chance to rethink and optimize material, people and process flow. 

Published: 9/28/2018

Making prepreg tape more accessible
Cygnet Texkimp’s new slitter-spooler offers economical production of high-quality tapes and vertical integration for manufacturers to access a much wider market.

Published: 3/7/2018

Five highlights from JEC World 2018
It’s not Spring without a trip to Paris, France for the JEC World 2018 composites conference. It’s become a very big show, and thus, offers some big announcements and some developing trends.

Published: 11/28/2017

Automated manufacturing solutions from Airborne
I had the chance recently to interview Marcus Kremers, chief technology officer of Airborne International (The Hague, Netherlands), who told me about his company’s growing smart automation initiatives for its customers.

Published: 10/22/2017

Automated preforming: Intelligent automation in pick-and-place systems
Layups go industrial with hand-like grippers that can fold fabric or prepreg into corners and robot-mounted cameras that inspect from fabric to cut plies to fiber gaps in final preforms.

Published: 2/7/2017

Seriforge: A new paradigm for composite preforms
Silicon Valley startup aims to produce complex 3D carbon fiber preforms with z-axis reinforcement at mass production scale using automated processing lines.