KraussMaffei doubles pultrusion speed and continued developing composites processes for large series production

New iPul pultrusion system doubles production speed while intelligent automation cuts cycle time in FiberForm and RTM processes.
#aramidfiber #hprtm #outofautoclave

Carbon Fibers

Superbeam: Steel and carbon fiber work together to revolutionize structural elements

New approach to CFRP-strengthened steel beams increases load capacity by >75%, enabling dramatic downsizing while maintaining traditional bolted and welded attachments.
#boeing #outofautoclave #infrastructure


Preforming goes industrial: Part 2

Automated preforming isn’t only for 2D and 2.5D parts. Innovators are taking successful aim at building 3D preforms at production speeds.
#windblades #cuttingtools #peek


Composite musings

How do we generate pull from consumers rather than depend on push through builders and contractors?
#perspectives-and-provocations #cuttingtools #precursor


Automated Preforming, Part 3: Quilted Stratum Process

CW’s tour of Cetim and the QSP line which preforms multi-thickness thermoplastic materials in 40-90 seconds for composite parts with cycle times of 1-2 minutes.
#airbus #pei #weaving

Poly/Vinyl Esters

Composites bridge the gap in an historic nature trail

Partially pre-assembled pultruded parts helicoptered in for quick, nature-sensitive assembly.
#adhesives #workforcedevelopment #infrastructure


Preforming goes industrial: Part 1

ATL and AFP-based preforming options now abound for processing dry and/or impregnated reinforcements as quickly as 1 minute or less with potential yearly part yields in the millions.
#camx #bmw #feature

Compression Molding

Curved pultrusion? No longer an oxymoron

Radius-Pultrusion process offers linear or curved profiles.
#outofautoclave #regulation #sustainability


In praise of technical service reps

Tech service representatives: without them, molding trials fail and manufacturing issues go unresolved.
#workforcedevelopment #layup #outofautoclave


Composites extensively used in Air Force communication tower

The tower was fabricated by Composite Support & Solutions using Ashland Derakane vinyl ester resin designed for pultrusion.