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Twelve employees from TAM’s aircraft maintenance area attended a training course at Composite Technology Center (CETECOM), which is linked to Latin American Composite Materials Association (ALMACO) and Technology Research Institute (IPT).
The 40-hour course was taught by ALMACO’s Executive Manager, Paulo Camatta. “Composites are widely used in manufacturing of various structural components of the aircrafts. For example, the material is, by weight, 50% of Boeing 787 Dreamliner, 32% of Airbus A380 and 13% of Embraer E190”, said Camatta.
According to ALMACO, the following subjects were addressed in the training: “Introduction to thermosetting polymer composites”, “Manual processes”, “RTM Light”, “Vacuum and infusion” and “Manufacture of open moulds and for RTM Light”.
“One of ALMACO’s major concerns is the dissemination of knowledge. To that end, over the last four years, we have promoted more than 200 courses and workshops throughout Latin America, with the participation of about 5,000 people,” Camatta continued. During this period, the association has also edited five books on raw materials, processes and technologies – the sixth, about moulds, will be released in November.
ALMACO says it has also developed, in a partnership with Universidade Positivo, the first university graduate course on composite materials in Brazil. At the moment, the campuses of Curitiba and Caxias do Sul offer the course. The class in Joinville is expected to begin in March 2013.
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