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Enve Composites To Invest in New Facility

Enve Composites have announced it will invest $20 million on a new manufacturing facility in Ogden, Utah. The company manufactures carbon fibre composite tubes for custom bike frame builders along with composite wheels, forks, seat posts, handlebars and stems all in the United States.

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Automated Dynamics installs laser heating system at University of Sheffield

Automated Dynamics installs laser heating system at University of Sheffield | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Automated Dynamics (Schenectady, NY) has installed a laser-based heating system (LHS) at UK’s University Of Sheffield and their Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) for use in thermoplastic composite production.

AMRC works alongside the industry to ensure development of the latest manufacturing technologies. They pride themselves on being at the forefront of new advancements, and considers composites as one of the "world’s most exciting manufacturing areas to experience growth."

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Industrial 3D printing to transform aviation design says Airbus innovation chief

Industrial 3D printing to transform aviation design says Airbus innovation chief | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

“In 2010 these machines were getting industrial, that was the first big change,” Sander explains. “In 2012, it really starts. These printers are growing double the speed each year. All the companies are in competition, they do multi-laser systems… in 2014 it was possible to print engine blocks for cars, for engine development – this was a breakthrough.”

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Teijin Acquires Continental Structural Plastics for $825 Million

Teijin Acquires Continental Structural Plastics for $825 Million | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Teijin Limited has agreed to acquire Continental Structural Plastics Holdings Corporation (CSP), based in Auburn Hills, Mich., for $825 million. Under the terms of the agreement, CSP will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Teijin. The company said that it made the acquisition with the hope of establishing a foundation for an automotive composite products business in North America.

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Teijin Acquires U.S. Based Automotive Composites Maker

Teijin has announced that it’s agreed to acquire Continental Structural Plastics, an automotive composite supplier in North America, for $825 million.

CSP will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Teijin. Through this acquisition, Teijin intends to establish the foundations of an automotive composite products business in North America, and to accelerate its expansion as a tier 1 supplier of high-performance composites to the global automotive market.

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Alcoa Conquers the Complexities of Titanium Machining

Remaining a leader in the titanium aerospace market requires continuous improvement to meet customer demands for service, quality, delivery and cost.

For manufacturers to thrive in this market, it is critical for them to steadfastly pursue the best people, processes and technologies. Careful management and integration of these attributes is the key to securing a long-term position within OEM supply chains.

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Yes, 3D printing is a disruptive technology, but not for plastics processing

3D printing is often referred to as a disruptive technology by industry watchers. After nearly two decades of covering the additive manufacturing (AM) industry, aka 3D printing, I tend to agree, except that I don’t believe it will be disruptive for the plastics industry—specifically the injection molding processing segment. The real disruption will happen in the metal fabrication business, including in moldmaking.

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Sending data wirelessly through ‘smart’ composites

Through a patented process, SurFlow is said to transmit data in the form of electromagnetic waves that travel through composite parts. The system uses no wires or fibre optics and, unlike wireless data transfer, cannot be intercepted remotely.

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LG Electronics says to invest in robot technology

LG Electronics says to invest in robot technology | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

South Korea's LG Electronics Inc said on Sunday it will aggressively invest in robots, seeking to capitalize on advancing artificial intelligence that may eventually lead to sophisticated machines performing everyday human tasks.

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Three Trends in US Plastics Processing

Three Trends in US Plastics Processing | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it
Read more about three trends in US plastics processing that suggest that US plastics customers will benefit from abundant low-cost feedstock and supply.
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Geelong Composites Project Gets New Funding

The Australian Government will invest $250,000 through the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre to develop an internationally recognised advanced manufacturing hub to accelerate the growth of the carbon fibre industry in Geelong.

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Will the Rise of Robotics Kill the Machine Tool Industry? 

Will the Rise of Robotics Kill the Machine Tool Industry?  | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Robots are invading workforces across the globe.

Our mechanical friends are finding themselves further integrated with machine tools and other automation systems to create “plug-and-play” modules with new control architectures in an effort to automate low-skill repetitive tasks, or ones that present significant risk of injury.

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Newly formed LeMond Composites signs agreement with ORNL

A new composites company founded by Tour de France champion Greg LeMond has signed a licensing agreement with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL, Oak Ridge, Tenn.) The agreement will make the Oak Ridge-based LeMond Composites the first company to offer this new carbon fiber to the transportation, renewable energy, and infrastructure markets.

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3A Composites wins Airbus qualification

3A Composites has won qualification from Airbus for its AIREX R82.80 rigid core, which is suitable for aerospace sandwich applications due to fire resistance. According to the company, it exceeds flammability, smoke density, heat release, and toxic gas emission requirements such as FAR 25’853.

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Faster, Cheaper Composites for Automotive Manufacturing

Faster, Cheaper Composites for Automotive Manufacturing | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

The past year has seen a lot of technology breakthroughs in engineering composites, especially those aimed at lowering cost and boosting processing speed of carbon composites for volume manufacturing, while maintaining quality. Although some of these breakthroughs are improvements for aerospace and industrial applications, many of the improved processes and materials were aimed at high-volume automotive manufacturing of production cars.

Reinforcing composites with carbon fiber has several well-known benefits, the biggest being unequalled high strength-to-weight ratios. But the high cost of manufacturing carbon fiber, not to mention the cost of most composite manufacturing methods, can be prohibitive for many industries outside of aerospace and high-end sports cars.

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Solvay targets aviation business with composites facility upgrade

Solvay targets aviation business with composites facility upgrade | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Belgium-headquartered chemicals giant Solvay SA is expanding its composite materials capacities with a new resin facility and an upgraded site in Germany.

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Metal Printing Meets Multi-axis Machining

The metal printing industry is on fire this month, with Progressive Technology and Innovate 2 Make being the latest companies to meld minds for the advancement of metal manufacturing.

A product of discussions years in the making, the merger, named Progressive Technology – Advanced Manufacturing, sees immediate improvements in quality control, and a reduced lead time when harnessing both engineering and additive manufacturing.

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After Aerospace: The Future of Carbon Fiber Composites in the US

Carbon fiber has been touted as the material of the future for decades. Reinforced plastics (called composites) with carbon fiber are several times stronger and several times lighter than steel or aluminum. The problem, of course, is that carbon fiber composites are also much more expensive — anywhere from $40 per pound to $500 per pound depending on the application. 

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Carbon Nanotube Stitches Improve Fiber Composites

Carbon Nanotube Stitches Improve Fiber Composites | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Fiber composite materials, especially carbon fiber composites, have shown great diversity of utility and major advantages over other materials. This is primarily due to their high compressive and tensile strength relative to their mass. 

However, delamination between layers of fiber or between fiber and reinforcing core, remains a major concern for these materials. This is especially true when used in high-stress environments such as extreme temperatures or high-stakes applications such as passenger jets carrying hundreds of people.

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Composites role in the emerging space industry

Composites role in the emerging space industry | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

It's in our nature to know the unknown, which is one reason that humans are naturally obsessed with space. It seems almost weekly there’s news regarding the commercial space race and while there have been numerous challenges and some failures, these companies continue on their quest. In this month's issue of CompositesWorld magazine, CW’s Donna Dawson took an in-depth look at this emerging industry with a specific focus on the role composites plays in this public/private progress.

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Samsung Electronics to Change Its Strategy on Semiconductor Foundry Business

Samsung Electronics to Change Its Strategy on Semiconductor Foundry Business | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Samsung Electronics is changing its strategy on semiconductor foundry business from mass-production of small amount of goods to small amount of production of variety of goods. This is its measure to get out of sales structure that had been depending on one or two major companies such as Apple and Qualcomm. To implement this strategy, Samsung Electronics has decided to open its foundry factories to small and medium companies and is focusing everything on doing business on potential small and medium companies in the U.S., South Korea, and China. It has decided to carry out a strategy called ‘open foundry’.

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Accuride Accepts Private Buyout, Sells Brillion to MPG

Accuride Accepts Private Buyout, Sells Brillion to MPG | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Accuride Corporation agreed to be acquired for $2.58/share in cash by Crestview Partners, a New York-based private equity firm.  The transaction has an estimated value of $424 million at that price, which the company noted is as 55% above the September 1 closing price for Accuride stock. The deal would convert the manufacturer of steel and aluminum commercial vehicle wheels and wheel-end components into a private holding, but Accuride emphasized that other changes would be minimal.

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3D Printing, CNC Machining or Molding: What’s Best for Your Prototype?

3D Printing, CNC Machining or Molding: What’s Best for Your Prototype? | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Whether you’re an inventor looking to create a first prototype or a company doing a short production run, choosing the right process for your needs is no mean feat.

At the most general level, computer numerical control (CNC) machining, injection molding and 3D printing can all be used for short runs, but those technologies each encompass multiple processes.

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Harlow Group moves into machining

It has invested in two YCM milling machines, driven by Heidenhain controllers the NXV1020A milling machines have direct drive motors and focus on producing leading accuracy.

Bill Timpson, HGL managing director, said: “We have a large mix of high precision components that we supply and in many cases machine parts go hand-in-hand with the sheet metal parts.”

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ACG formed to help UK exploit global market for low cost high volume composites

ACG formed to help UK exploit global market for low cost high volume composites | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Through its Manufacturing Working Group, the Automotive Council and the Composites Leadership Forum have formed the Affordable Composites Group (ACG). The group aims to proactively facilitate the development of UK technology capability and supply chain capacity to deliver high productivity manufacturing of globally competitive, higher volume composite structures and components.

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5ME acquires cryogenic machining technology patents

5ME acquires cryogenic machining technology patents | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

5ME recently acquired 51 patents in four patent families from Creare, an innovator in cryogenic systems and fluid dynamics. The acquisition gives 5ME control of the intellectual property related to cryogenic machining – specifically, the process of transmitting liquid nitrogen at -321°F through the spindle/turret and tool body, directly to a cutting tool’s edge. Each patent procured is related to cryogenic machining and makes it easier for customers to adopt this technology, regardless of process or brand of machine.

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