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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 […]