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Brighton Science unveils BConnect: The world's first surface intelligence platform

Next-generation solution combines diagnostic tools with data analytics to understand and prevent bonding and adhesion issues in composites and other industries.

Glass Fibers

Adaptive composite elements for building facades exhibited at JEC World 2023

University of Stuttgart institutes use carbon and glass fiber composites, robotic fabrication, biomimetic design and digial twin/control to demonstrate adaptive facade elements for future buildings.

ATL/AFP

JEC World 2023 preview: Broetje-Automation

The STAXX One automated fiber placement (AFP) systems are run by industrial robotics and incorporate digital twin technology. 

Wind/Energy

Siemens Gamesa, Airborne develop automatic preforming robot system for offshore wind blades

Danish-funded ALMA project furthers collaboration, adds new functionality, advanced sensor systems and digital twinning for reduced man-hours, waste and cost per blade.

Carbon Fibers

Toray announces growth, investment in carbon fiber composite materials

As part of its 2023-2025 management strategy, Toray projects 42% growth for pressure vessels, 30% growth in carbon fiber composite materials revenue and a doubling of capital investment.  

Plataine, NIAR ATLAS partner to promote aerospace innovation, digitalization

Researchers at NIAR ATLAS will examine how Plataine’s technology can help manufacturers and advanced composite material vendors drive further digital transformation while undertaking industry challenges.  

JEC World 2023 preview: Jetcam International

Jetcam expands its reach geographically and on the shop floor with an exhibition of its exclusive nesting and automation software solutions.  

Thermoplastics

Autoneum future-proofs GFRTP production with Evoris digitalization platform

Extensive plant modernization includes new automation and digitalization solutions procured from Dieffenbacher.  

Design/Simulation

Simcenter software update highlights aircraft wing skin optimization

Expanded aerospace capabilities in Siemens software portfolio performs more rapid margin of safety calculations and reduces simulation preprocessing up to 80%.  

Siemens, Deloitte demonstrate Industry 4.0 innovation at The Smart Factory @ Wichita

New dedicated space enables companies to experience the future of smart manufacturing and the power of digitalization using the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio.  

Plataine FabricOptimizer increases aerospace composites manufacturing production rates

New capabilities have been unveiled — including a procurement simulator, “nesting around defects” solution and detailed reports — to improve the ordering process, reduce waste and enhance efficiency.  

Design/Simulation

TPI, WindSTAR create digital twin for wind blade manufacturing

Machine learning framework provides real-time feedback during composite fabrication process, with some cases achieving 95% predictive accuracy and computation faster than physics-based simulations.  

ATL/AFP

EU-funded GENEX project to develop digital twin framework for aircraft lifecycle tracking

Novel digital framework to enable holistic and comprehensive data capture through the entire aircraft lifecycle, supporting composite component/structure manufacture optimization and maintenance.  

Carbon Fibers

ITA graduate develops AI-supported monitoring system to detect damaged carbon fiber

Deniz Sinan Yesilyurt wins a Young Talent Award from VDMA for his Bachelor’s thesis that used machine learning to recognize various fiber defects with up to 99% accuracy during thermal stabilization.  

RTM

sensXPERT Digital Mold earns 2022 AVK Innovation Award

Data-driven sensor technology optimizes and increases composites manufacturing efficiencies in real time, achieved through collaborative network.  

Wind/Energy

RewAir chooses Plataine to optimize wind turbine blade production lines

Plataine’s AI-based solution provides flexible optimization of primary production lines while reducing operational costs and carbon footprint.  

Aerospace

Swinburne AIR Hub partners with NIAR to drive local, international aerospace innovations

Collaboration will focus on digitization of aerospace composites, advanced manufacturing technologies and specialized simulation capabilities to pave the way for cleaner, greener, more affordable aviation.  

Carbon Fibers

CarboScreen project to develop multimodal, sensor-based monitoring of carbon fiber production process

January 2023 CarboScreen project seeks to improve carbon fiber yield, reduce cost and improve properties.  

Ohio Aerospace Institute receives U.S. Air Force award for digital transformation project

Six-year agreement called DRIVE will be executed by OAI and the AFRL to establish and operate an ecosystem for mitigating transformation risks in U.S. Air Force programs and activities.  

Velocity Composites launches digital manufacturing cell to improve material efficiency

Industry 4.0 manufacturing cell is tailored to effectively and efficiently trace individual composite plies through the entire value stream.  

Defense

Boeing reveals new Advanced Composite Fabrication Center

First of new purpose-built innovative defense factories based in Mesa, Ariz., U.S., will produce advanced composite components, leverage Industry 4.0 best practices from recent programs.  

Additive Manufacturing

Clemson Composites Center leads research in low-cost composite tooling

Innovative technology approach to use additive manufacturing and artificial intelligence to produce tools faster, at a lower cost and with less environmental impact.  

Kanfit increases composite material yield with Plataine AI, IIoT-based optimization solutions

Industry 4.0 software automates and streamlines raw material tracking, management and planning, maximizing material use up to 3%, and reducing costs and production delays.  

Testing

Evident wind blade inspection system automates nondestructive ultrasonic testing

An autonomous, cobot-mounted inspection system combines Industry 4.0 with established ultrasonic technology to rapidly provide repeatable, accurate data and improve overall efficiency.

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