17 February 2015
17 February 2015
Greene, Tweed has commissioned additional state-of-the art composites manufacturing equipment to support the ongoing growth of production program awards for components produced from Xycomp DLF discontinuous long fibre thermoplastic composites.
Greene, Tweed says the investment expands its capacity to meet the continued increase in demand for aerospace components produced from Xycomp DLF. It explains that the new equipment includes another highly automated ProFusion compression moulding line and a dedicated advanced machining centre – both of which are fully operational in Greene, Tweed’s Kulpsville, Pennsylvania, US, composites production centre.
According to Greene, Tweed, the additional ProFusion moulding line will incorporate high pressure/high temperature capability for near-net compression moulded PEEK and PEKK-based DLF thermoplastic composite materials. Bar code scanning for process parameter input and automated mould/material handling are among the features included in all of Greene, Tweed’s ProFusion lines, delivering a high level of process control that ensures repeatability and reliability.
Greene, Tweed’s fully automated 5-axis advanced FMS (Flexible Manufacturing System) machining centre was installed to increase composite machining capabilities that support DLF component manufacture. The machining centre delivers increased precision for higher tolerances and improved quality capability. Automated tool changeovers and automated palletised loading are additional features incorporated for high-volume lean manufacturing of complex-shape composite parts.
The new moulding and machining equipment is currently manufacturing components for applications in service on Airbus A350, A380, A320neo; Boeing 787 and 777; and Bombardier C-series aircraft.
“We made this investment in new manufacturing equipment to increase our capacity for future efforts and to deliver on the near-term schedule, cost, and quality expectations of our Aerospace customers. As production rates continue to ramp up on new aircraft platforms, Greene, Tweed is ready to deliver,” explains Aaron Godwin, Composites Process Engineering Lead at Greene, Tweed.
Photo provided by Greene, Tweed.
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