PREPREGS

Epoxies

Carbon fiber/epoxy for automotive mass reduction, mass production

IACMI precompetitive research explores carbon fiber-reinforced prepreg, SMC with novel matrix for structural passenger-car applications.
#sheetmoldingcompound #discontinuousfiber #outofautoclave

Construction

Notus Composites celebrates manufacturing milestone

The company has produced the one millionth square meter of its glass fiber-reinforced prepreg, for use in Dubai’s Museum of the Future.

Defense

Atlas Composites chooses Plataine industrial IoT solution to optimize manufacturing operations

U.K.-based parts manufacturer uses material and tool tracking solution to improve quality control, reduce waste and advance labor efficiency.
#composites4_0

ATL/AFP

Composites 4.0: digital assistants, edge computing and the future of smart factories

Plataine reviews developments and discusses where composites manufacturing is headed.
#infrastructure #layup #workforcedevelopment

Fabrics/Preforms

The Kordsa strategy

Turkey-based Kordsa has a long history supplying materials to the global tire market. It now has its sights set on reinforcement fabrics, prepregs and core materials for aerospace, automotive and industrial structures.
#trends #weaving #787

Aerospace

Gurit to expand German aerospace prepreg facility and close Switzerland facility

Gurit intends to concentrate its aerospace activity in Kassel and stop production at its Zullwil plant in the second half of 2021. 

Thermoplastics

Automated joining of hybrid metal-thermoplastic composite structures

The FlexHyJoin production cell combines surface structuring, induction and laser joining and NDT for automotive mass production.
#automation #cuttingtools #pekk

Epoxies

Innovating energy delivery for more efficient composites manufacturing

Heraeus Noblelight develops HUMM3 and Black IR technologies for faster, safer, more uniform processing.
#peek #cleansky #layup

Aerospace

Cygnet Texkimp signs slitter-spooler contract with Chinese composites company

The industrial-scale machine will be used to slit sheets of carbon fiber prepreg into tapes for aerospace components.

Carbon Fibers

Increasing access to AFP

Addcomposites is democratizing composites manufacturing by leasing a low-cost toolhead that turns any robot into an automated fiber placement machine.
#cuttingtools #outofautoclave #layup