CUTTING/KITTING

Aerospace

High-rate, automated aerospace RTM line delivers next-gen spoilers

At Spirit AeroSystem’s Prestwick facility in Scotland, a glimpse of the future of aerocomposites manufacturing in a resin transfer molding line for A320 spoilers.

Jeff Sloan
Editor-in-Chief, CompositesWorld

Cutting/Kitting

Augmented reality system facilitates FRP component preforming

The software makes exact alignment and position of materials directly visible on the component.
#layup

Defense

Plasan North America expands composite manufacturing solutions

The company plans to expand and invest in automated cutting technology to go with established prepregging, pultrusion and autoclave cure expertise.
#automation #autoclave #layup

Cutting/Kitting

Magellan Aerosystem commits to Airborne automated kitting system

Manufactured by Airborne, the solution will support fabrication of composite horizontal tail assemblies for the F-35 fighter aircraft.
#f-35 #automation #lockheedmartin

Cutting/Kitting

Gurit signs two-year kitting supply agreement with Chinese wind blade manufacturer

Gurit says the agreement is part of its strategic plan to extend its kitting and core material services into the Chinese domestic market.
#windblades

Automated cutting accelerates

Automated cutting accelerates

Software/hardware advances and peripheral equipment make flatbed cutters essential to automated production scenarios.
#cuttingtools #windblades #marketing

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Videos / Podcasts

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

Cutting/Kitting

Zero-waste: New process, equipment recycles prepreg, tape offal

Technology provides sustainable approach to reusing valuable thermoplastic scrap in chips-based laminate.
#regulation #workinprogress #sustainability

Consumer

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.
#windblades #layup #787

Cutting/Kitting

Episode 18: Manish Patel and Ashley Graeber, Web Industries

Business leaders at Web Industries discuss cutting and kitting services, and the process of slitting carbon fiber prepreg.

Carbon Fibers

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.
#composites4_0

Automotive

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.
#outofautoclave #workforcedevelopment #cuttingtools

Fabrics/Preforms

Automated cutting accelerates

Software/hardware advances and peripheral equipment make flatbed cutters essential to automated production scenarios.
#cuttingtools #windblades #marketing

Cutting/Kitting

Augmented reality system facilitates FRP component preforming

The software makes exact alignment and position of materials directly visible on the component.
#layup

Defense

Plasan North America expands composite manufacturing solutions

The company plans to expand and invest in automated cutting technology to go with established prepregging, pultrusion and autoclave cure expertise.
#automation #autoclave #layup

Cutting/Kitting

Magellan Aerosystem commits to Airborne automated kitting system

Manufactured by Airborne, the solution will support fabrication of composite horizontal tail assemblies for the F-35 fighter aircraft.
#f-35 #automation #lockheedmartin

Cutting/Kitting

Gurit signs two-year kitting supply agreement with Chinese wind blade manufacturer

Gurit says the agreement is part of its strategic plan to extend its kitting and core material services into the Chinese domestic market.

Cutting/Kitting

Eastman Machine's customers shift gears to fight pandemic

Customers using cutting tables to fabricate composite parts and structures are turning to Eastman to retrofit for processing medical-grade fabrics.

Cutting/Kitting

Zund America opens new North American headquarters

The digital cutting systems specialist’s new 60,000-square-foot facility in Oak Creek, Wis., U.S. includes expanded space for training and demonstrations.

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Cutting/Kitting

Airbond introduces new range of carbon fiber splicers

Airbond is introducing a range of new rugged carbon fiber splicers said to reduce costs through saved time and waste elimination.

Cutting/Kitting

Automated system eliminates manual material pleating, cutting

AZCO Corp.’s custom cut-to-length system features a material flow package, pleating station and heat set station.

Cutting/Kitting

Eastman releases compact cutting conveyor system

The latest release of the Eagle C-125 CNC conveyor cutting system is 8 ft. in length and comes at three width configurations.
#cuttingtools #aramidfiber

Cutting/Kitting

CAMX 2019 exhibit preview: OMAX

OMAX is demonstrating its compact ProtoMAX abrasive waterjet at its CAMX 2019 booth
#camx

CAMX Expo

CAMX 2019 exhibit preview: Zünd

Raw materials that can be processed using Zünd cutting and routing tools include dry or prepreg carbon fiber, fiberglass, thermoplastic organo sheets, honeycomb and foam-core materials and more.
#cuttingtools #camx

Automotive

JEC World 2019 preview: Zünd

Zünd (Altstätten, Switzerland) is presenting its digital cutting solutions for the automotive and aerospace markets ­at JEC World 2019, Hall 6, Booth D27.