06 August 2013
06 August 2013
HITCO Carbon Composites, a subsidiary of SGL Group, has received the 2013 Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award from The Composites Consortium (TCC) for its work in large-scale composite structures for US heavy lift launch vehicles.
The award recognises excellence in advanced manufacturing technology for composite materials.
“We are very pleased to receive this award,” said Dave Kucharski, HITCO’s President. “Through the perseverance and hard work of our employees as well as that of our various team members, we were able to meet or exceed all of the project’s goals for automated fabrication of out-of-autoclave materials. These achievements set the stage for widespread use of this new class of composites in future production applications.”
The Composites Consortium enables industry participation within the Composites Manufacturing Technology Center (CMTC) of Excellence, a Department of Defense (DoD) R&D initiative administered by SCRA Applied R&D. CMTC is one of nine US Navy Manufacturing Technology Centers of Excellence currently operating within the country. These centres support the US Navy’s Office of Naval Research and are renowned internationally for their work in improving weapons systems and troop safety for U.S. forces as well as processes, cost effectiveness and efficiencies for the DoD.
HITCO, which has a multi-decade long track record of supplying composite components to the US Navy for production programmes including submarine bow domes and fairings, participated as a member of the Large Scale Composite Structures for US Heavy Lift Launch Vehicles Project Team. The project team received the award for its work in manufacturing aerospace composite components using the latest carbon fibre and polymer systems. The project utilised advanced materials and processing methods, successfully manufacturing large scale, high-tech composites at reduced tooling costs.
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