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Vistagy Survey Reveals Composite Engineering Firms Lack Design Expertise

02 August 2011

The results of Vistagy’s composites engineering benchmarking survey entitled, “How Does your Composite Design Process Compare to Industry Best Practices?” have been published. 

The survey shows that only 56 percent of the composite design companies surveyed considered themselves knowledgeable in composites manufacturing practices and applied that knowledge during design.

According to Vistagy, the results imply that 44 percent of companies need to enhance their knowledge of the manufacturing process if they want to improve their competitiveness. They say the survey also showed that companies with the most mature composite design processes lead the way in combining parts, reducing weight, and extending product life.

The survey report is comprised of 140 responses across multiple industries, most prominently aerospace, automotive, and wind energy. Vistagy explain that goals for companies designing with composites varied, with 81% looking to reduce weight, 69% seeking to improve strength-to-weight ratios, 51% attempting to combine multiple parts, 25% seeking to extend product life, and 31% striving to lower maintenance costs.

Vistagy say that the results of the primary goal achievement metrics were the most important results to them because they explain the reasons that engineers adopt composites. The report states that, “Achieving these goals provides insight into the maturity of the company processes, domain expertise, and overall tool implementation and use. Any company that scored high here should be considered a high performing practitioner of composites engineering.”

“We conducted this study to enable our customers and others in the composites industry to understand where they stand compared to their peers and how they could improve their performance,” said Bruce Boes, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing for Vistagy. “One thing that really stood out was that companies with best-in-class performance had a high correlation to the maturity of their processes. These companies also made the decision to invest in design resources and were more interested in achieving part cost targets than actually lowering their part costs, a major breakthrough in designing to take full advantage of all of the benefits of composites technology.”

Vistagy invites all composite design and manufacturing companies to participate in their extended survey in return for a complimentary copy of the report. The survey can be accessed by clicking here.





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