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Goodrich to Install Third Ingersoll Automated Fibre Placement Machine

20 December 2011

Goodrich has completed pre-acceptance of a Mongoose automated fibre placement (AFP) system from Ingersoll Machine Tools.

According to Ingersoll, this is the third AFP machine they have supplied Goodrich’s Aerostructures business. They say the equipment has been purchased for installation into Riverside, California, US, and is expected to be used for the production of nacelle components for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350 XWB programs. Goodrich holds contracts to provide the nacelle systems for both twin-engine airplanes.

Ingersoll explains that the new machine features the latest generation of the Mongoose family of Fibre Placement machines. They say a simplified and direct material path from the creel to the point of deposition reduces stress on the material, avoids twisting and roping, improves productivity and decreases the time needed for machine maintenance.

Like the prior two machines purchased by Goodrich, Ingersoll say the new Mongoose is a gantry vertical machine that is capable of layup on stationary female moulds. They say the Mongoose utilises a new post processor for optimal machine motion. Efficient off-part motion and accurate head repositioning significantly improve overall productivity of the machine.

The addition of the Mongoose will enable Goodrich to meet current and ramp-up production rates for the two new commercial aircraft.