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Composites Horizons (CHI) has announced the creation of a Ceramic Matrix Composite facility adjacent to its existing Polymer Matrix Composite (PMC) facilities in Covina, California, US.
According to the company, the 35,000 square foot building will be dedicated to the manufacturing of sophisticated oxide ceramic matrix composites (OX/OX CMC’s).
In addition to creating the Ceramic Matrix Composites facility, CHI states it has also been selected by GE Aviation as a supplier of components for an OX/OX CMC exhaust system for a key business aircraft engine program. CHI claim the company’s expansion includes an $11 million investment in new equipment and processes for all four existing facilities. The new facility will house a 4,000 square feet clean room with a dedicated ply cutter, laser projection and a team of personnel trained in oxide ceramic production.It will also include a 15,000 square feet assembly area and a sintering furnace with 8 cubic feet capacity and 2500°F temperature capability. Ultimately, the building will include two dedicated autoclaves, an additional production sintering furnace, a smaller development furnace, 5-axis CMC machining centres, quality inspection capability for CMC products, and house the company’s executive offices.
CHI also acknowledge the addition of three 5 axis CMC mills to be added to current machining capabilities and a new high temperature 12’ x 25’ autoclave installed adjacent to its current 10’ x 20’ 800°F autoclave in the high temperature PMC lay-up building.
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