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Solvay and Airborne Signed Memorandum of Understanding at JEC 2019

Published: 18th March 2019

Solvay and Airborne signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at JEC World 2019. The two companies will partner on developing automated processing solutions for the industrialisation and high volume use of composite materials. Industrialising the generation of tailored prepreg layups and forming technologies for high volume applications is a significant challenge for the composites industry […]

SABIC Spotlights Major Milestone at JEC 2019

Published: 13th March 2019

SABIC is celebrating a major milestone for its groundbreaking Digital Composites Manufacturing line at JEC World 2019. The company, in collaboration with Airborne and powered by Siemens and Kuka technologies, has successfully completed the pilot phase of the world’s first automated digital system for rapid, large-scale laminate manufacturing using SABIC’s continuous fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composite tape. […]

TTI: Mass-production of Automotive Carbon Composite Parts Showcased at JEC World 2019

At this year’s JEC World, pultrusion specialist Thomas Technik & Innovation (TTI) is to showcase manufacturing technology that can produce affordable carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) parts in high-enough volumes for the mainstream automotive industry. Visitors to TTI’s stand and the Automotive Planet will see a CFRP bumper (fender), 100,000 of which could be manufactured each […]

Analog and Digital: Automated Manufacture and Machining of Fibre Reinforced Plastics

Published: 11th March 2019

The experts for Automation and Production Technology of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM will present a recently developed end-effector for automated high-precision placement of adhesive films at JEC WORLD 2019. Digitalisation solutions for faster commissioning of robot-assisted production plants, measures to avoid fibre overhang when drilling and milling carbon fibre […]

The Dutch Composites Industry Presents Itself at the JEC World 2019

Published: 8th March 2019

Next week, from 12-14 March, the Dutch composites industry will present itself at the JEC World 2019 in Paris, the biggest composites trade fair in the world. Dutch companies and research institutions will present materials, process technology and innovative applications in many market sectors and in the area of automation and digitisation. Thanks to our […]

Weland Solutions sets focus on automation: New fully automated Compact Dynamic to Hillerstorp

Published: 6th March 2019

Even before officially launching the new product, Compact Dynamic, Weland Solutions has received a first signed purchase order. In the summer of 2019, the facility will be operational at Axelent based in Hillerstorp, with customers worldwide. “The market is moving towards standardised fully automated solutions, making setting focus on automation a natural step for us. […]

National Composites Centre Invests £1.4m in New Ultrasonic Testing Technology for Rapid Inspection

The National Composites Centre (NCC) announces a £1.4m investment to step-change capabilities in automated inspection systems for composites, that will make inspection faster and yet more accurate. Due to be installed at the NCC this autumn, the new Composite Integrity and Verification Cell (CIVC) will use state-of-the-art ultrasonic testing techniques to quickly assess a wide […]

KraussMaffei at JEC: From Idea to Series Production-ready Fibre Composite Solutions

From idea to series production-ready fibre composite solutions: KraussMaffei is highlighting its leading system expertise in developing and implementing series production-ready processes for fibre-reinforced lightweight construction at JEC World 2019, Paris, France. The focus of the trade show appearance is on new processes and applications that are based on both thermoset and thermoplastic matrix materials. […]

TTI: Mass-production of Automotive Carbon Composite Parts Showcased at JEC World 2019

At this year’s JEC World, pultrusion specialist Thomas Technik & Innovation (TTI) is to showcase manufacturing technology that can produce affordable carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) parts in high-enough volumes for the mainstream automotive industry. Visitors to TTI’s stand and the Automotive Planet will see a CFRP bumper (fender), 100,000 of which could be manufactured each […]

Coriolis Presentation of Latest Machines: Coriolis C3 and Coriolis C5

Published: 5th March 2019

We would like to invite you to come to our booth to present you our new brand Coriolis C3 and Coriolis C5 on 12 March from 12:00 to 12:30. The founder and CTO of the company, Mr Alexandre Hamlyn, will be present to welcome you. It will be an opportunity to get to know each […]

CGTech to Highlight VERICUT & Composite Application Enhancements at AeroDef

Published: 4th March 2019

At AeroDef 2019, Booth #1933, CGTech will be demonstrating our latest versions of VERICUT and Composites Programming & Simulation Software. Be sure not to miss the following presentations from CGTech’s Jim Huddy, National Sales Manager, and André Colvin, Composites Product Manager: Jim Huddy – ‘Simulation Advancements in ‘Industry 4.0’’ – 4/30/19 @ 2:00PM – Room […]

Solvay Continues to Deliver Solutions for Composite Industrialisation at JEC World

Published: 27th February 2019

Solvay is at the forefront of the industrialisation era that is sweeping across the composites industry supply chain. The group is ramping up its efforts to support customer programs and ambitions, focusing on materials, processes and operations. Solvay is developing cost-efficient technologies and product forms that enable reduced cycle times, a higher degree of structural […]

Mass-production of Automotive Carbon Composite Parts Showcased at JEC World 2019

Published: 20th February 2019

At this year’s JEC World, pultrusion specialist Thomas Technik & Innovation (TTI) is to showcase manufacturing technology that can produce affordable carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) parts in high-enough volumes for the mainstream automotive industry. Visitors to TTI’s stand and the Automotive Planet will see a CFRP bumper (fender), 100,000 of which could be manufactured each […]

KraussMaffei at JEC: From Idea to Series Production-ready Fibre Composite Solutions

Published: 7th February 2019

From idea to series production-ready fibre composite solutions: KraussMaffei is highlighting its leading system expertise in developing and implementing series production-ready processes for fibre-reinforced lightweight construction at JEC World 2019, Paris, France. The focus of the trade show appearance is on new processes and applications that are based on both thermoset and thermoplastic matrix materials. […]

New Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) Robot Received By Kanfit

Published: 6th February 2019

Kanfit has accepted delivery of an Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) robotic system from Ingersoll Machine Tools. The system will be used to develop and manufacture complex composite structures made from carbon fibres that until now have traditionally been made using hand layup or, due to their extreme complexity, were not possible to manufacture at all. […]

Name Change of Aviation Enterprises to Airborne UK Reflects Further Integration Into Airborne Group

Published: 5th February 2019

UK based Aviation Enterprises (AEL) announces the company name change to Airborne UK. AEL was acquired in 2015 by Dutch Airborne, technology leader in the digital manufacturing of advanced composite products. The change reflects the integration of the UK company within the Airborne Group strategy, and will strengthen the customer centric approach of the group […]

Covestro and Haier Plan Digitalisation Joint Laboratory

Published: 21st January 2019

Covestro and the Haier Group, a major global brand for household appliances, have agreed to set up a joint laboratory in Qingdao, China, for the digitalisation of appliance production. Both parties have signed an agreement thereon. The project will be supported by the Haier Institute of Industrial Intelligence. The laboratory will develop digital solutions for […]

Composite Integration Appoints Distributor in India

Published: 18th January 2019

Composite Integration are excited to announce it has appointed TrioBotics Automation Solutions as their official distributor in India with immediate effect. Based in Kaddapah, India, with close connections with Chennai and Mumbai, Triobotics will enable Composite Integration to cement their already growing presence in India. TrioBotics are a specialist robotics company, who through their sister […]

Negri Bossi at MECSPE 2019

Published: 16th January 2019

Negri Bossi will be present at MECSPE, first Italian event of the year 2019 that will take place in Parma, Italy from 28-30 March; the attendance at this event is testament that the society continues to take an interest in the domestic market. On Hall 6 stand number D05 Negri Bossi will be exhibiting the […]

Fisnar Launches F4000 Advance Series of Benchtop Dispensing Robots Offering Users the Ultimate in Flexibility

Published: 15th January 2019

Fisnar is excited to announce the launch of its next generation F4000 Advance Series of benchtop dispensing robots. This new robotics collection significantly upgrades Fisnar’s existing F4000N range with enhanced product features and the addition of three completely new models, plus multiple size variations to accommodate customers’ diverse spectrum of dispensing requirements. The core function […]

New Conbility Customer for Production Systems: Tape Placement Applicator ‘PrePro 3D’ Successfully Installed in Spain

Published: 11th January 2019

In October 2018, Conbility delivered the modular Tape Placement Applicator ‘PrePro 3D’ to the Technology Centre AIMEN in O Porriño, Spain, within a delivery time of 4 months. Unique selling point of the PrePro 3D system is its multifunctional range of usage: it accomplishes laser-assisted thermoplastic tape placement, IR-assisted thermoset prepreg placement and dry fibre […]

KraussMaffei is Advancing Digital Research and Teaching in the Field of Injection Moulding

By providing a new injection moulding machine from the all-electric PX series, KraussMaffei is supporting the Chair of Engineering Design and Plastics Machinery at the ipe of the University of Duisburg-Essen. The PX 120-380 features complete digital equipment including the DataXplorer. The shared goal is to develop new systems and applications and to use the […]

Mikrosam Delivers State-of-the-art Multi-material Capable Automated Fibre Placement AFP) System to Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus

Published: 11th December 2018

The Department of Lightweight Design and Structural Materials (LsW) at Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus has received a brand-new AFP system from Mikrosam. The 8-axes robotic AFP machine is capable of automated and precise placement of thermoplastic fibres, thermoset prepregs, and dry-fibre material. With this equipment the LsW team will have advanced R&D capabilities […]

Malcolm Nicholls Launch Cutting Edge Online Instant Quote Tool

Published: 5th December 2018

Leading prototyping expert, Malcolm Nicholls has launched a cutting edge online instant quote and ordering tool. Aimed at regular 3D printing users, the tool provides users with instant pricing with no need for human intervention. Accessed via mnl.co.uk, components ordered through the online tool are offered at 15% lower than prices quoted through the company’s […]

UK Businesses Invited to Explore Opportunities in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

Published: 20th November 2018

The UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has announced details of an industrial showcase event focused on robotics and artificial intelligence (RAI). The event takes place in Manchester, UK, on the 12 March 2019. Up to 500 delegates from industry, as well as technology providers and academia, are expected to attend. The event is sponsored by […]

GKN Fokker Orders Airborne’s Automated Kitting System

GKN Fokker has ordered an automated kitting solution from Airborne. The GKN Aerospace business will be the launch customer for the automated ply sorting system, which will support its ambition to reduce cost and increase output by implementing automation. Airborne’s kitting equipment reduces costs by saving on man-hours and material scrap, and it enables a […]

Vitec and Composite Integration Develop High Volume RTM Process

Published: 30th October 2018

For its new lightweight, fast-deployment Flowtech camera tripod, Vitec Production Solutions Division worked with Composite Integration to develop a manufacturing process for the tubular carbon fibre legs. The structure consists of accurately moulded composite tubes which allow rapid telescopic deployment and include a unique internal brake system. The manufacturing process needed to produce consistently moulded […]

RUCKS Highlights Energy Efficient Thermoforming Press at Advanced Engineering 2018

Published: 23rd October 2018

At Advanced Engineering 2018, RUCKS Maschinenbau will showcase its thermoforming press KV 297, which is used for making composite parts for the aviation industry. Three objectives were essentially taken into consideration, when the plant was designed: realising the shortest possible cycle times, achieving reproducible results, and a high degree of energy efficiency. The centre part […]

MSP Promotes Full Automation at Advanced Engineering 2018

For the eighth consecutive year, Metrology Software Products (MSP) is exhibiting at Advanced Engineering 2018, where it will show visiting manufacturers how to fully automate their machine shop, specifically their tool axis setting, machine checking and part setup. Experts in developing and implementing precision metrology software, MSP will present its products and how they make […]

CzechTrade UK Organises Czech Pavilion at Advanced Engineering 2018

CzechTrade UK, a Czech government business body, will celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Czech Pavilion at Advanced Engineering 2018 by showcasing the latest technologies in the automotive, aerospace, composites and advanced materials industries, including robotic composite machinery. CzechTrade UK will be joined by the Moravian Aerospace Cluster this year, which will act as a […]

Cevotec Promotes Fibre Patch Placement Concepts for Aerospace at Advanced Engineering 2018

Cevotec is presenting its presenting its expanded application range at Advanced Engineering 2018, showcasing multi-material layup for sandwich structures and new software features. Fibre Patch Placement (FPP) enables the automated production of complex composite components. The manufacturing of components with suitably-sized patches is used especially in the aerospace and automotive industries, for medical devices and […]

Advanced Engineering 2018: 60 New Manufacturing Products and Technologies at UK’s Largest Annual Engineering Exhibition

Exhibitors at Advanced Engineering Show 2018, the UK’s largest annual gathering of engineering professionals, will be launching 60 new products, services or updates. With its 10th anniversary set to be bigger and better than before, the 2018 Advanced Engineering show’s companies are showcasing their technical capabilities and cutting-edge products. Exhibitors launching new products include: CMYUK […]

Advanced Engineering 2018 Announces Keynote Speakers

Published: 16th October 2018

The Advanced Engineering Show has announced several keynote speakers for its six zones this year, including Siemens, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. Advanced Engineering 2018 contains six co-locating zones: Aerospace Engineering; Composites Engineering; Automotive Engineering; Performance Metals; Connected Manufacturing; and Nuclear Engineering. Each of these six zones will have a […]

Coriolis Composites Secures Contract with National Institute for Aviation Research

Coriolis Composites has been selected by the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University (WSU), US, to provide a thermoplastics capable Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) system. Installation of this equipment will contribute to NIAR’s technology development efforts in the area of 3D thermoplastics automation and will allow NIAR to advance the state […]

COMPOSITES EUROPE 2018 Introduces Process Live

Published: 2nd October 2018

With its new ‘Process Live’ format, processing and manufacturing processes will become a visible focus of this year’s Composites Europe exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany, on 6-8 November. Mechanical and plant engineering companies will get together in group exhibits to showcase their technologies in live interactions, enabling visitors to experience sub-processes in a larger context. Partnerships […]

BCP and University of Sheffield AMRC Develop Reconfigurable Floor Structure

Published: 19th September 2018

Working in conjunction with the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, Bespoke Composite Panels (BCP) has manufactured a reconfigurable floor structure used to mount various robots and machinery. AMRC has a global reputation for helping companies overcome manufacturing problems and one of the areas it can assist organisations with is automation. […]

SGL Carbon Celebrates Opening of Fibre Placement Centre

Published: 18th September 2018

SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL’s site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners. When it comes […]

BCP and University of Sheffield AMRC Develop Reconfigurable Floor Structure

Published: 4th September 2018

Working in conjunction with the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, Bespoke Composite Panels (BCP) has manufactured a reconfigurable floor structure used to mount various robots and machinery. AMRC has a global reputation for helping companies overcome manufacturing problems and one of the areas it can assist organisations with is automation. […]

CGTech Demonstrates VERICUT Composites Applications at CAMX 2018

Published: 28th August 2018

CGTech Composite Product Specialist, Charles Anderton, will be giving a presentation that highlights how to build a case for automated composite lay-up during CAMX 2018 on 15-18 October in Dallas, Texas, US. Attendees can attend the presentation on 17 October at 4 pm in room D223/D224. Throughout the show, in booth BB28, CGTech will also […]

Cevotec Develops Fibre Patch Placement Concepts for Aerospace

Published: 7th August 2018

Cevotec reports that it is further developing its fibre patch placement (FPP) process in cooperation with leading manufacturers of components for the aerospace industry. FPP is a technology for the automated production of complex fibre composite components. The additive manufacturing of components with suitably-sized patches is used in the aerospace and automotive industries, for medical […]

Henkel to Further Drive Growth Within Global Aerospace Industry

Published: 25th July 2018

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 […]

SABIC and Airborne Join Forces to Develop Automated Composites Processes

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 […]

Automation-Ready Plasma Treatment Unit from Intertronics

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’ […]

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 […]

Call for Papers Announced for Composites Innovation 2018

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 […]

S&S Plastics Invests in Intelicare Dosers and Material Loaders

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 […]

CRTC and IACMI to Develop Advanced Manufacturing Machinery

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 […]

CDI Develops CD6019 Towpreg Line

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 […]

Fatra Invests In Negri Bossi Machines

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 […]

New TVR Employs iStream Carbon Technology

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 […]

Daher Develops Composite Technologies for Aircraft Spar

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 […]

CGTech Demonstrates VERICUT 8.1 at Advanced Engineering 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 […]

Mikrosam Introduces Integrated AFP and Filament Winding Solution at CAMX 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 […]

Nottingham to Lead New £10.3m Composite Manufacturing Research Hub

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, […]

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

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 https://compositesinnovation.com/programme-2018/, features experts in automation from across sectors […]

Burgmann Expands Braiding Capacity

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 […]

CGTech Celebrates 30 Years

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 […]

Cevotec Introduces SAMBA System for Prepreg

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 […]

Mikrosam Presents AFP/ATL Robotic Solutions at JEC World 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 […]

Composites Innovation 2018 Early Bird Rate – One Month to Go

Composites Innovation 2018 will be focusing on emerging technologies and new innovations in the expansion of composites manufacturing, highlighting more efficient processes and automation solutions whilst exploring the challenges faced. The conference programme and exhibition will cover engineering disciplines from manufacturing, design, industrial, tooling, quality and mechanical. Siobhan Longhurst, NetComposites Communications Manager says, “This year’s […]

CGTech Releases VERICUT Composite Applications Software Version 8.1

CGTech is now shipping the next major release of VERICUT Composite Applications: VERICUT Composite Programming (VCP) and VERICUT Composite Simulation (VCS). VERICUT Composite Applications are being used by manufacturers to program and simulate automated fibre placement and tape-laying machinery from machine tool builders such as Electroimpact, MTorres, AFPT, Automated Dynamics, Fives, Accudyne, BA Composites and […]

FARO Laser Templating Technology Increases Production Throughput

FARO reports that its Tracer Laser Projector allows composites manufacturers to speed ply placement, shorten production cycles, and reduce downtime and scrap/rework during lay-up. The Tracer projects a template of laser light onto the composite tool, outlining the exact location and orientation of the composite ply materials, and does so in the proper sequence, according […]

JETCAM Updates Core Products

JETCAM has announced new versions of its entire range of core applications, reflecting the company’s continuing move into total automation and Industry 4.0 support for the sheet metal and composite manufacturing sectors. JETCAM Expert v20 CADCAM software includes JET-Cut, which allows complex grids of holes to be laser cut using artificial intelligence that is far […]

Technology Park Ypenburg Initiative Strengthens Innovation in Advanced Materials

The Technology Park Ypenburg programme has been officially launched in The Netherlands. The municipality of The Hague, four local companies – Airborne, KVE, Promolding and GTM – and the Digital Factory for Composites (DFC) field lab will jointly invest €1.6 million in this initiative in 2018. The programme focuses on automated and digitised production of […]

Composites Innovation 2018 Speaker Spotlight: Dr Richard Collins, IDTechEx

With just a few weeks to go until Composites Innovation 2018 – Advances in Automation, NetComposites’ Communications Manager Siobhan Longhurst caught up with Dr Richard Collins of IDTechEx to hear his thoughts on automation and where the industry is heading. On the composites industry’s toughest problems: “The composites industry has been growing healthily, but there […]

CGTech Opens Office in Russia

UK company CGTech, developer of VERICUT CNC simulation, verification and optimisation software, has announced the formation of a direct office in Russia. Headquartered in Moscow, the subsidiary is responsible for marketing, sales, technical support and reseller support throughout Russia. “CGTech is committed to customer success around the world, as demonstrated by our continued investment in […]

Cevotec Starts Cooperation to Serve Asian Market

Together with an international group of companies and research institutions, German fibre patch placement specialist Cevotec has launched the Singapore-based Composite Application Centre (CAC) Bringing together representatives of all stages of the composites value chain, including materials, software, equipment, process technologies, as well as manufacturing and product development, CAC will aim to provide a platform […]

Composites Innovation 2018 Speaker Spotlight: Clive Chitiz, Plataine

With just a few weeks to go until Composites Innovation 2018 – Advances in Automation, NetComposites’ Communications Manager Siobhan Longhurst discussed where the composites industry is heading in terms of automation, and other industry trends, with Clive Chitiz of Plataine. At Composites Innovation you’ll be talking about how the Internet of Things can be applied […]

KraussMaffei Demonstrates Combination of Fiberform and Multi-Component Technology

At the NPE2018 plastics show in Orlando, US, KraussMaffei presented for the first time a FiberForm lightweight thermoplastic composite application in connection with SpinForm technology for multi-component injection moulding. The company says this combination results in completely new potential applications, and not just for vehicle construction. The FiberForm process combines organic sheet thermoforming and injection […]

KraussMaffei Automated Wetmoulding Process Offers Shorter Cycle Times

A new, fully automated wetmoulding system which offers shorter cycle times and increased process reliability compared with manual solutions was demonstrated at the KraussMaffei Competence Forum on 6 June. Visitors to the KraussMaffei TechCentre saw a live demonstration of fibre reinforced polyurethane-based sheet component manufacturing on the turnkey system. KraussMaffei has marketed the wetmoulding process […]

CGTech Organises UK VERICUT User Exchange Events

CGTech has announced three UK VERICUT User Exchange (VUE) events to take place throughout September and October. CGTech’s VERICUT software is used for CNC simulation, verification, optimisation, analysis, and additive manufacturing. The company also offers programming and simulation software for composites automated fibre placement, tape laying, and drilling/fastening CNC machines. The first UK event will […]

Ascent Expands Portfolio with Exechon Aerospace Robots

Ascent Aerospace has added Exechon Enterprises’s parallel kinematic robots to its portfolio of manufacturing automation solutions. Exechon’s Parallel Kinematic Machine (PKM) technology offers the stiffness of a machine tool with the dynamic 5-axis capability of an articulated-arm robot, for faster, more accurate assembly and higher overall equipment effectiveness. According to Ascent, Exechon’s latest development, the […]

Intertronics Issues Advice on Specifying a Dispensing Robot

Intertronics has compiled a guidance note on how to specify a dispensing robot. Automated application of adhesives, potting compounds or encapsulants, sealants, fluids or pastes provides productivity benefits over manual application, including consistency, speed and accuracy, but selection of a dispensing robot is sometimes a daunting task, the company says. When specifying a dispensing robot, […]

Henkel to Further Drive Growth Within Global Aerospace Industry

Published: 18th July 2018

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 […]

SABIC and Airborne Join Forces to Develop Automated Composites Processes

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 […]

Automation-Ready Plasma Treatment Unit from Intertronics

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’ […]

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 […]

Call for Papers Announced for Composites Innovation 2018

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 […]

S&S Plastics Invests in Intelicare Dosers and Material Loaders

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 […]

CRTC and IACMI to Develop Advanced Manufacturing Machinery

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 […]

CDI Develops CD6019 Towpreg Line

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 […]

Fatra Invests In Negri Bossi Machines

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 […]

New TVR Employs iStream Carbon Technology

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 […]

Daher Develops Composite Technologies for Aircraft Spar

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 […]

CGTech Demonstrates VERICUT 8.1 at Advanced Engineering 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 […]

Mikrosam Introduces Integrated AFP and Filament Winding Solution at CAMX 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 […]

Nottingham to Lead New £10.3m Composite Manufacturing Research Hub

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, […]

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

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 https://compositesinnovation.com/programme-2018/, features experts in automation from across sectors […]

Burgmann Expands Braiding Capacity

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 […]

CGTech Celebrates 30 Years

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 […]

Cevotec Introduces SAMBA System for Prepreg

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 […]

Mikrosam Presents AFP/ATL Robotic Solutions at JEC World 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 […]

Composites Innovation 2018 Early Bird Rate – One Month to Go

Composites Innovation 2018 will be focusing on emerging technologies and new innovations in the expansion of composites manufacturing, highlighting more efficient processes and automation solutions whilst exploring the challenges faced. The conference programme and exhibition will cover engineering disciplines from manufacturing, design, industrial, tooling, quality and mechanical. Siobhan Longhurst, NetComposites Communications Manager says, “This year’s […]

CGTech Releases VERICUT Composite Applications Software Version 8.1

CGTech is now shipping the next major release of VERICUT Composite Applications: VERICUT Composite Programming (VCP) and VERICUT Composite Simulation (VCS). VERICUT Composite Applications are being used by manufacturers to program and simulate automated fibre placement and tape-laying machinery from machine tool builders such as Electroimpact, MTorres, AFPT, Automated Dynamics, Fives, Accudyne, BA Composites and […]

FARO Laser Templating Technology Increases Production Throughput

FARO reports that its Tracer Laser Projector allows composites manufacturers to speed ply placement, shorten production cycles, and reduce downtime and scrap/rework during lay-up. The Tracer projects a template of laser light onto the composite tool, outlining the exact location and orientation of the composite ply materials, and does so in the proper sequence, according […]

JETCAM Updates Core Products

JETCAM has announced new versions of its entire range of core applications, reflecting the company’s continuing move into total automation and Industry 4.0 support for the sheet metal and composite manufacturing sectors. JETCAM Expert v20 CADCAM software includes JET-Cut, which allows complex grids of holes to be laser cut using artificial intelligence that is far […]

Technology Park Ypenburg Initiative Strengthens Innovation in Advanced Materials

The Technology Park Ypenburg programme has been officially launched in The Netherlands. The municipality of The Hague, four local companies – Airborne, KVE, Promolding and GTM – and the Digital Factory for Composites (DFC) field lab will jointly invest €1.6 million in this initiative in 2018. The programme focuses on automated and digitised production of […]

Composites Innovation 2018 Speaker Spotlight: Dr Richard Collins, IDTechEx

With just a few weeks to go until Composites Innovation 2018 – Advances in Automation, NetComposites’ Communications Manager Siobhan Longhurst caught up with Dr Richard Collins of IDTechEx to hear his thoughts on automation and where the industry is heading. On the composites industry’s toughest problems: “The composites industry has been growing healthily, but there […]

CGTech Opens Office in Russia

UK company CGTech, developer of VERICUT CNC simulation, verification and optimisation software, has announced the formation of a direct office in Russia. Headquartered in Moscow, the subsidiary is responsible for marketing, sales, technical support and reseller support throughout Russia. “CGTech is committed to customer success around the world, as demonstrated by our continued investment in […]

Cevotec Starts Cooperation to Serve Asian Market

Together with an international group of companies and research institutions, German fibre patch placement specialist Cevotec has launched the Singapore-based Composite Application Centre (CAC) Bringing together representatives of all stages of the composites value chain, including materials, software, equipment, process technologies, as well as manufacturing and product development, CAC will aim to provide a platform […]

Composites Innovation 2018 Speaker Spotlight: Clive Chitiz, Plataine

With just a few weeks to go until Composites Innovation 2018 – Advances in Automation, NetComposites’ Communications Manager Siobhan Longhurst discussed where the composites industry is heading in terms of automation, and other industry trends, with Clive Chitiz of Plataine. At Composites Innovation you’ll be talking about how the Internet of Things can be applied […]

KraussMaffei Demonstrates Combination of Fiberform and Multi-Component Technology

At the NPE2018 plastics show in Orlando, US, KraussMaffei presented for the first time a FiberForm lightweight thermoplastic composite application in connection with SpinForm technology for multi-component injection moulding. The company says this combination results in completely new potential applications, and not just for vehicle construction. The FiberForm process combines organic sheet thermoforming and injection […]

KraussMaffei Automated Wetmoulding Process Offers Shorter Cycle Times

A new, fully automated wetmoulding system which offers shorter cycle times and increased process reliability compared with manual solutions was demonstrated at the KraussMaffei Competence Forum on 6 June. Visitors to the KraussMaffei TechCentre saw a live demonstration of fibre reinforced polyurethane-based sheet component manufacturing on the turnkey system. KraussMaffei has marketed the wetmoulding process […]

CGTech Organises UK VERICUT User Exchange Events

CGTech has announced three UK VERICUT User Exchange (VUE) events to take place throughout September and October. CGTech’s VERICUT software is used for CNC simulation, verification, optimisation, analysis, and additive manufacturing. The company also offers programming and simulation software for composites automated fibre placement, tape laying, and drilling/fastening CNC machines. The first UK event will […]

Ascent Expands Portfolio with Exechon Aerospace Robots

Ascent Aerospace has added Exechon Enterprises’s parallel kinematic robots to its portfolio of manufacturing automation solutions. Exechon’s Parallel Kinematic Machine (PKM) technology offers the stiffness of a machine tool with the dynamic 5-axis capability of an articulated-arm robot, for faster, more accurate assembly and higher overall equipment effectiveness. According to Ascent, Exechon’s latest development, the […]

Intertronics Issues Advice on Specifying a Dispensing Robot

Intertronics has compiled a guidance note on how to specify a dispensing robot. Automated application of adhesives, potting compounds or encapsulants, sealants, fluids or pastes provides productivity benefits over manual application, including consistency, speed and accuracy, but selection of a dispensing robot is sometimes a daunting task, the company says. When specifying a dispensing robot, […]

Intertronics Issues Advice on Specifying a Dispensing Robot

Published: 10th July 2018

Intertronics has compiled a guidance note on how to specify a dispensing robot. Automated application of adhesives, potting compounds or encapsulants, sealants, fluids or pastes provides productivity benefits over manual application, including consistency, speed and accuracy, but selection of a dispensing robot is sometimes a daunting task, the company says. When specifying a dispensing robot, […]

Ascent Expands Portfolio with Exechon Aerospace Robots

Published: 3rd July 2018

Ascent Aerospace has added Exechon Enterprises’s parallel kinematic robots to its portfolio of manufacturing automation solutions. Exechon’s Parallel Kinematic Machine (PKM) technology offers the stiffness of a machine tool with the dynamic 5-axis capability of an articulated-arm robot, for faster, more accurate assembly and higher overall equipment effectiveness. According to Ascent, Exechon’s latest development, the […]

CGTech Organises UK VERICUT User Exchange Events

Published: 26th June 2018

CGTech has announced three UK VERICUT User Exchange (VUE) events to take place throughout September and October. CGTech’s VERICUT software is used for CNC simulation, verification, optimisation, analysis, and additive manufacturing. The company also offers programming and simulation software for composites automated fibre placement, tape laying, and drilling/fastening CNC machines. The first UK event will […]

KraussMaffei Automated Wetmoulding Process Offers Shorter Cycle Times

Published: 12th June 2018

A new, fully automated wetmoulding system which offers shorter cycle times and increased process reliability compared with manual solutions was demonstrated at the KraussMaffei Competence Forum on 6 June. Visitors to the KraussMaffei TechCentre saw a live demonstration of fibre reinforced polyurethane-based sheet component manufacturing on the turnkey system. KraussMaffei has marketed the wetmoulding process […]

Composites Innovation 2018 Speaker Spotlight: Clive Chitiz, Plataine

Published: 29th May 2018

With just a few weeks to go until Composites Innovation 2018 – Advances in Automation, NetComposites’ Communications Manager Siobhan Longhurst discussed where the composites industry is heading in terms of automation, and other industry trends, with Clive Chitiz of Plataine. At Composites Innovation you’ll be talking about how the Internet of Things can be applied […]

KraussMaffei Demonstrates Combination of Fiberform and Multi-Component Technology

At the NPE2018 plastics show in Orlando, US, KraussMaffei presented for the first time a FiberForm lightweight thermoplastic composite application in connection with SpinForm technology for multi-component injection moulding. The company says this combination results in completely new potential applications, and not just for vehicle construction. The FiberForm process combines organic sheet thermoforming and injection […]

Composites Innovation 2018 Speaker Spotlight: Dr Richard Collins, IDTechEx

Published: 16th May 2018

With just a few weeks to go until Composites Innovation 2018 – Advances in Automation, NetComposites’ Communications Manager Siobhan Longhurst caught up with Dr Richard Collins of IDTechEx to hear his thoughts on automation and where the industry is heading. On the composites industry’s toughest problems: “The composites industry has been growing healthily, but there […]

CGTech Opens Office in Russia

Published: 8th May 2018

UK company CGTech, developer of VERICUT CNC simulation, verification and optimisation software, has announced the formation of a direct office in Russia. Headquartered in Moscow, the subsidiary is responsible for marketing, sales, technical support and reseller support throughout Russia. “CGTech is committed to customer success around the world, as demonstrated by our continued investment in […]

Cevotec Starts Cooperation to Serve Asian Market

Together with an international group of companies and research institutions, German fibre patch placement specialist Cevotec has launched the Singapore-based Composite Application Centre (CAC) Bringing together representatives of all stages of the composites value chain, including materials, software, equipment, process technologies, as well as manufacturing and product development, CAC will aim to provide a platform […]

Composites Innovation 2018 Speaker Spotlight: Dr Richard Collins, IDTechEx

Published: 1st May 2018

With just a few weeks to go until Composites Innovation 2018 – Advances in Automation, NetComposites’ Communications Manager Siobhan Longhurst caught up with Dr Richard Collins of IDTechEx to hear his thoughts on automation and where the industry is heading. On the composites industry’s toughest problems: “The composites industry has been growing healthily, but there […]

FARO Laser Templating Technology Increases Production Throughput

Published: 10th April 2018

FARO reports that its Tracer Laser Projector allows composites manufacturers to speed ply placement, shorten production cycles, and reduce downtime and scrap/rework during lay-up. The Tracer projects a template of laser light onto the composite tool, outlining the exact location and orientation of the composite ply materials, and does so in the proper sequence, according […]

JETCAM Updates Core Products

JETCAM has announced new versions of its entire range of core applications, reflecting the company’s continuing move into total automation and Industry 4.0 support for the sheet metal and composite manufacturing sectors. JETCAM Expert v20 CADCAM software includes JET-Cut, which allows complex grids of holes to be laser cut using artificial intelligence that is far […]

Technology Park Ypenburg Initiative Strengthens Innovation in Advanced Materials

The Technology Park Ypenburg programme has been officially launched in The Netherlands. The municipality of The Hague, four local companies – Airborne, KVE, Promolding and GTM – and the Digital Factory for Composites (DFC) field lab will jointly invest €1.6 million in this initiative in 2018. The programme focuses on automated and digitised production of […]

CGTech Releases VERICUT Composite Applications Software Version 8.1

Published: 3rd April 2018

CGTech is now shipping the next major release of VERICUT Composite Applications: VERICUT Composite Programming (VCP) and VERICUT Composite Simulation (VCS). VERICUT Composite Applications are being used by manufacturers to program and simulate automated fibre placement and tape-laying machinery from machine tool builders such as Electroimpact, MTorres, AFPT, Automated Dynamics, Fives, Accudyne, BA Composites and […]

Composites Innovation 2018 Early Bird Rate – One Month to Go

Published: 27th March 2018

Composites Innovation 2018 will be focusing on emerging technologies and new innovations in the expansion of composites manufacturing, highlighting more efficient processes and automation solutions whilst exploring the challenges faced. The conference programme and exhibition will cover engineering disciplines from manufacturing, design, industrial, tooling, quality and mechanical. Siobhan Longhurst, NetComposites Communications Manager says, “This year’s […]

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 https://compositesinnovation.com/programme-2018/ 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 […]

KraussMaffei Presents Processes for Series Production at JEC World 2018

Published: 27th February 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 […]

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 […]

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

Published: 30th January 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 https://compositesinnovation.com/programme-2018/, features experts in automation from across sectors […]

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 […]

Mikrosam Expands in North America

Published: 21st November 2017

Mikrosam is entering into partnership with US distributor Composite Automation to bring its composites machinery solutions to the North American market. With the growth in advanced composite parts production, the need for sophisticated fibre placement and tape laying (AFP/ATL) systems in North America has never been greater, the Macedonia-headquartered company says. “John Melilli and Composite […]

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 […]