Programme Launched for Composites Innovation 2018 Featuring Globally Renowned Experts in Automation

Published: 21st March 2018

The 5th biennial Composites Innovation will take place on 20th – 21st June 2018 at the Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham, UK, with particular focus on innovation related to the automation of processes for light-weighting and increased composites production rates. The programme, now available on the website at features experts in automation from across sectors […]

KraussMaffei Presents Processes for Series Production at JEC World 2018

Published: 7th March 2018

At JEC World, KraussMaffei will present cost-efficient solutions for manufacturing fibre reinforced plastic components, focusing on new processes and applications based on both thermoset and thermoplastic matrix materials. “The market trend for fibre reinforced plastics is still on a positive trajectory,” explains Philipp Zimmermann, Head of the Composites/Surfaces BU. “There is currently strong interest in […]

JEC World 2018: CGTech Showcases VERICUT Software

CGTech will demonstrate how advanced programming strategies and simulation can lead to better composites parts. Throughout the show, CGTech will also demonstrate Composites 2018, the latest version of VERICUT Composite Programming (VCP) and VERICUT Composite Simulation (VCS). CGTech’s Composites 2018 release of VCP and VCS features a redefined Graphical User Interface (GUI), enhanced suite of […]

Mikrosam Presents AFP/ATL Robotic Solutions at JEC World 2018

Published: 6th March 2018

Mikrosam will present its latest AFP/ATL robotic solutions – TAURUS, LIBRA AND DISCOVERY – at JEC World. The company says TAURUS is the perfect solution for achieving the highest productivity production process for large aerospace composite parts. It provides high lay down rates, retaining the stringent quality requirements of structural composites with up to 6 […]

JEC World 2018: Cevotec Partners with Composite Automation

At JEC World, Cevotec will announce a partnership with Composite Automation to introduce its composite additive manufacturing technology to the North American market. “We are very happy to have John Melilli and his team at Composite Automation to introduce the benefits of patch technology to every composite manufacturer in North America,” states Thorsten Groene, Managing […]

Airborne Introduces Composite Automation Products at JEC World 2018

At JEC World 2018, Airborne will introduce its latest innovations in automated manufacturing solutions for composites: an Automated Laminating Cell for tape laying, cutting and pick & place of composite laminates, and an Automated Honeycomb Potting solution for efficient filling of sandwich honeycomb with potting compound. These two new systems are designed to significantly reduce […]

Cevotec Introduces SAMBA System for Prepreg

Published: 20th February 2018

Cevotec has announced that a SAMBA Series Patch Placement system is now available for processing thermoset prepreg material. According to the company, automated fibre lay-up of CFRP components with challenging 3D geometries is now possible in all production environments from high-volume to flexible batch production or prototyping. Like all SAMBA Series cells, SAMBA Series Prepreg […]

Conbility and Fraunhofer IPT Commercialise Tape Processing Systems

Conbility and Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT), Aachen have started a long-term cooperation for the further development and commercialisation of Fraunhofer’s tape placement and tape winding systems with in-situ-consolidation using laser or IR heat sources. Conbility will offers two different systems. The PrePro 2D machine allows for the automated tailored tape placement of UD […]

CGTech Celebrates 30 Years

Published: 13th February 2018

CGTech, the developer of VERICUT software, is celebrating three decades of consistent growth. Headquartered in Irvine, California, US, with 10 wholly-owned subsidiaries to support customers worldwide, the company says it is releasing new CNC simulation and optimisation technologies faster than ever before. “CGTech may have started 30 years ago, but we continue coming out with […]

Burgmann Expands Braiding Capacity

Published: 6th February 2018

Burgmann Packings Composites has announced an expansion in braiding capacity at its plant in Dublin, Ireland. The company has added a versatile 64 carrier radial braiding machine from Herzog to its robotic braiding cell. This is designed to enhance both its size range and production capacity in Dublin. The entire cell is fully integrated with […]

Cevotec Offers Carbon Tape for Automated Fibre Placement Processes

Cevotec reports that cevoTape is individually manufactured and tailored to major automated fibre placement (AFP) processes, offering a new option for series production at reasonable economics. “Automated fibre placement processes require superior tape quality to minimise downtime and ensure high precision and repeatability,” explains Felix Michl, CTO of Cevotec. As the right fibre is crucial […]

Mikrosam Introduces Integrated AFP and Filament Winding Solution at CAMX 2017

Published: 5th December 2017

Mikrosam will introduce its new hybrid automated fibre placement (AFP) and filament winding solution for production of structural composite components at the CAMX 2017 exhibition in Orlando, Florida, US, on 12-14 December. The hybrid work cell is said to integrate the advantages of both filament winding and AFP technologies to provide increased freedom in designing […]

CGTech Demonstrates VERICUT 8.1 at Advanced Engineering 2017

Published: 24th October 2017

CGTech will demonstrate the new version of the VERICUT CNC machine simulation and optimisation software. VERICUT 8.1 sees enhanced support for Force optimisation, a new Additive Manufacturing (AM) module being employed, along with, Workpiece Sectioning, X-Caliper measurement tool, Report template, and Grinding and Dressing operations. VERICUT’s new Additive module simulates both additive and traditional machining […]

Burgmann Introduces Robotic Over-Braiding Facility at Advanced Engineering 2017

Burgmann Packings Composites is launching its new robot handling system for over-braiding a wide range of mandrels and cores. The multi-axis Kuka robot system has a reach of over 3 m and is integrated into a Herzog radial braiding machine. The integration of the robot is said to allow seamless deposition of fibre on wide […]

Daher Develops Composite Technologies for Aircraft Spar

Published: 19th September 2017

Daher has designed and manufactured a composite, vacuum bag only, spar, as part of the Corac project for the composite airplane of the future. Producing the part required Daher to exercise its ability to handle both design and all production processes, from tooling to assembly, for a key part with large dimensions (>10 m) and […]

New TVR Employs iStream Carbon Technology

Published: 12th September 2017

TVR partnered with Gordon Murray Design on the design and development of its new sports car, which was launched at the Goodwood Revival on 8 September. TVR chose Gordon Murray Design’s iStream carbon manufacturing system to help deliver the weight and torsional stiffness values specified for the new Griffith. iStream carbon, Gordon Murray Design’s premium […]

Fatra Invests In Negri Bossi Machines

Published: 22nd August 2017

Fatra, a supplier of injection moulded components to international companies such as Ikea, recently installed five Negri Bossi Vector machines in its Czech Republic production plants. Negri Bossi’s scope of supply includes both machine and complete automation systems. Whilst all the Negri Bossi machines maintain very high accuracy levels, a robot monitors the component weight […]

CDI Develops CD6019 Towpreg Line

Published: 15th August 2017

Century Design (CDI) has developed the CD6019 towpreg machine to provide customers with the capability to produce towpreg in-house. According to CDI, this development will allow customers to gain more control of materials, logistics and processing while also providing opportunities for cost reductions related to material costs, logistics, and manufacturing. The price reduction will make […]

North Star Imaging Introduces Robotic Loader

North Star Imaging (NSI)’s new robotiX technology can be added to the company’s standard X-ray and CT systems, or to existing NSI systems, to make automatic part loading and unloading easy. Autonomous operation allows for reduced cycle time along with increased productivity. NSI has also released the X3000 X-ray system for customers needing a compact […]

CRTC and IACMI to Develop Advanced Manufacturing Machinery

Published: 8th August 2017

Through a contract with the Institute for Advanced Composite Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), the Composite Recycling Technology Centre (CRTC), Port Angeles, Washington, US, will pioneer ways to automate processing of carbon fibre prepreg scrap. This technology is essential so recycled carbon fibre can be processed in high volumes fulfiling its enormous potential for energy savings and […]

S&S Plastics Invests in Intelicare Dosers and Material Loaders

Published: 1st August 2017

S&S Plastics has installed Intelicare masterbatch dosing units and material loaders. S&S, a plastic injection moulding and tool manufacturing services provider, operates a 21,000 ft² manufacturing facility in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, UK. Intelicare has supplied much of the ancillary equipment to S&S for several years, including mould heaters, hopper loaders, granulators, dosing units and conveyors, which […]

Call for Papers Announced for Composites Innovation 2018

Published: 18th July 2017

Papers are now invited for the 2018 Composites Innovation Conference, an international conference and exhibition taking place on 20th -21st June 2018 at the Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham, UK. With particular focus on innovation related to the automation of processes for light-weighting and increased composites production rates, abstracts are now being accepted on subjects including […]

Plataine Launches MAT 4.0 Digital Manufacturing Software

Plataine is introducing the latest generation of its material and asset tracker software, MAT version 4.0, which is designed to help manufacturers gain full traceability of the digital thread whilst optimising material and tool utilisation, productivity, throughput and quality. The software is said to offer: complete visibility of the production floor, with real-time tracking of […]

Automation-Ready Plasma Treatment Unit from Intertronics

Published: 20th June 2017

A new automation-ready version of the Relyon Piezobrush plasma treatment unit from Intertronics – designated the PZ2-i – is engineered for use with automated production equipment and ready to be mounted on a robot or machine for semi-automated or automated applications. This unit is said to deliver the benefits of the handheld Piezobrush PZ2, namely its small size and ‘cold’ […]

SABIC and Airborne Join Forces to Develop Automated Composites Processes

Published: 9th May 2017

SABIC has invested in Airborne International, joining a growth financing round by existing shareholders that will contribute to Airborne’s full automation and digitisation of thermoplastic composites manufacturing. In markets such as aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, consumer electronics and sporting goods, lightweight and durability are key industry drivers. Continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic composite materials offer […]

Henkel to Further Drive Growth Within Global Aerospace Industry

Published: 4th April 2017

Henkel’s Adhesive Technologies business unit has started the construction of a new production facility for aerospace applications at its site in Montornès del Vallès (Montornès), Spain. According to Henkel, the new line will serve the growing demand for high-impact solutions supporting key trends in the global aerospace industry such as light weighting and automation. The […]

Nottingham to Lead New £10.3m Composite Manufacturing Research Hub

Published: 6th December 2016

The University of Nottingham has led the team that has secured £10.3m in government funding for new research into pioneering composite manufacturing techniques, Jo Johnson, Universities and Science Minister has announced. According to The University, the multi-million pound Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) grant is a major research investment for the UK community, […]

NetComposites Announce Call for Papers for Composites Innovation Conference

Published: 9th November 2015

NetComposites presents Composites Innovation 2016, an international conference and exhibition taking place 22-23 June 2016 at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), Sheffield, UK. With particular focus on innovation related to the automation of processes for light-weighting and increased composites production rates, abstracts are now being accepted subjects including but not limited to: Automation solutions […]

Mikrosam Host the 2<sup>nd</sup> Bi-Annual Automation in Composites Manufacturing Seminar – ACMS 2014

Published: 25th November 2014

According to Mikrosam, this was the second ACMS seminar that has united over 50 professors, scientists and other professionals from the industry for composite materials. It explains, ACMS 2014 combined a theoretical part, where experts from the industry gave presentation on specific topics and had panel discussions regarding the market expectations, innovations and potential development, […]

DANOBAT Composites Launches Automation Solutions for Manufacturing with Dry Material

Published: 24th June 2014

DANOBAT is developing highly specialised solutions to automate manufacturing with dry composite material. According to DANOBAT, it’s ADMP Automated Dry Material Placement is a proprietary technology used to automate the deposit of dry resin infused fabric to create a composite part, such as a wing skin or frame. Asier Gandarías Mintegi, Chief Executive Officer of […]

Web Industries Launches New Composites Automation Development Centre

Published: 16th August 2011

Web Industries (WI) has opened a new Composites Automation Development Centre in the Atlanta, Georgia area. WI expect the 10,000 sq. ft. development environment will help their customers from around the world test new and emerging carbon fibre composite materials for qualification and use in the automated fibre placement manufacturing process. WI says that engineers […]

Carbon Fibre Gripper Systems Developed for Improved Automation

Published: 23rd September 2005

SAS Automation of Ohio USA, developer of light weight Robotic-End-of-Arm-Tooling for handling plastic moulded parts, has introduced a new line of robotic gripper fingers with lighter weight carbon fibre bodies. The company have designed the grippers using carbon fibre to make the overall workpiece gripper as lightweight as possible so that maximum speed and lowest […]