13 September 2011
13 September 2011
A one year advanced engineering programme initiated by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is now set to be a highlighted theme setter for industry briefings at the Composites Engineering Show 2011 (CES).
During the year to 31st March 2011, partners in the i-Composites programme pursued research and development programmes across six main, and sometimes overlapping, activity streams in automation, energy reduction, materials, process time reduction, sustainability, and simulation. The overall intention of the i-Composites programme was to accelerate capability maturity across the Technology Readiness Level 3-6 band, from basic research to the point of demonstration using the collaborative nature of the programme to deliver rapid technology capability advances; compressing into 12 months, work that might have otherwise taken years. And CES say that although all of the technology developments covered within the programme are rooted firmly in enhancements to current industrial processes, they are still just one step removed from being totally accessible to the composites value chain and hence are providing a very useful starting set of projects for the National Composites Centre (NCC) as they represent the current hot topics in composites within the UK
Programme partners included GKN Aerospace, leading the project; Bombardier Aerospace with Loop Automation and Kuka; Aircelle; Sigmatex; ACG; EPL Composite Solutions; Frazer Nash; and a dozen more. All have contributed to this powerful expression of UK engineering future-ready excellence, culminating in a presentation to the Composites Grand Challenge in Action event on 20th July 2011 at the newly opened National Composites Centre.
The Technology Strategy Board is now interested in using this Grand Challenge model in other areas of UK industry to stimulate the same sort of coordinated momentum that is evident within the composites sector.
The i-Composites programme technical projects will be taking front stage at The Composites Engineering Show, November 9-10 at the NEC, Birmingham as the themes for individual presentations within the Composites UK Sponsored Industry Briefings.
NetComposites will be hosting daily, free to attend, technology micro-sessions in the hall which will include topics such as Composite Recycling and Biocomposites.
ZSK will hold its bi-annual technology showcase on 21-22 September 2018 at its Krefeld, Germany, headquarters. The Embroidery Technology Show assembles more than 25 exhibitors from around the world to discuss emerging trends in the embroidery manufacturing industry and demonstrate the latest products produced using techniques such as tailored fibre placement (TFP) or smart textiles.
Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
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.