High-speed RTM work cell holds promise for faster part production

Pinette Emidecau Inc. (Troy, Mich.) reports that it has developed an automated, high-speed RTM cell for aerospace and automotive manufacturing applications that is designed to increase molded part throughput and improve process consistency.

Carbon Fibers

Out-of-autoclave manufacturing: The green solution

Regular HPC columnist Dale Brosius calls attention to the environmental benefits of out-of-autoclave processing.
#a350 #airbus #autoclave


RVB Infusion = Light RTM?

There is some difference of opinion as to whether parts infused under reusable vacuum bags (RVBs) are the equivalent of those produced by Light resin transfer molding (RTM). See why.
#layup #autoclave #outofautoclave


Cutting the cost of integrated composite aerostructures

A unitized all-composite aircraft door concept is realized in one shot with no fasteners.
#regulation #a350 #airbus

Carbon Fibers

An impec-able bike frame: Handmade by machine

Long on technology firsts, this optimized, automated manufacturing process produces nothing short of the “perfect” bike frame.
#braiding #bulkmoldingcompound #adhesives


Milking platforms: Composites transform New Zealand cow sheds

Waikato Milking Systems (Hamilton, New Zealand) introduced its Centrus composite milking platform in 2009 and, since then, has installed 24 platforms at customer sites. They're made via RTM Lite.
#outofautoclave #weaving #workforcedevelopment

Carbon Fibers

Sixth Element: Lamborghini accelerates CFRP

The automaker’s R&D centers in Italy and the U.S. implement aerospace-inspired design philosophy to radically enhance the use — and the benefits — of CFRP.
#weaving #discontinuousfiber #boeing

Glass Fibers

Composite booth: ATM delivers "green" in more ways than one

Edra Equipamentos (Ipeuna, Brazil) has developed a composites-intensive automated teller machine (ATM) enclosure that is not only attractive and functional, but also environmentally sustainable.
#sustainability #adhesives #outofautoclave


Integrated, optimized aircraft door

This composites manufacturer is betting its one-piece 3-D preform and RTM process will trim weight from today’s fastener-intensive “black aluminum” aircraft doors.
#outofautoclave #787 #airbus


SPE ACCE 2011: Growing again

The Society of Plastics Engineers’ 11th conference on automotive composites fields a top slate of speakers and attracts its largest crowd.
#outofautoclave #sizing #bulkmoldingcompound