The editors at CW have been lucky enough to visit many unique facilities over the years. These tours have provided an in-depth look into these companies’ manufacturing processes, their state-of-the-art equipment and technologies.
The result is our popular Plant Tour column where readers can get a first-person look into these facilities. What follows is a list of the top 10 CW plant tours, according to Google Analytics.
The scale, precision, speed and quality of carbon fiber manufacture has evolved substantially since the material’s modern introduction in the late 1960s. Hexcel offers a glimpse of the state of the art today.
Composites are often selected for their structural properties, but at AvCarb, innovation in carbon fiber-based products has driven fuel cell technology advances for decades.
ATC is at the top of the list when it comes to thermoplastic composites and aerostructures manufacturing. CW explains why.
NIAR, located at Wichita State University in the heart of the American aerospace manufacturing industry, has evolved to become a premier hub of teaching, R&D, creativity and innovation.
Photo Credit: NIAR
Transforming decades of design and RTM production reliability into more sustainable, next-generation composite propellers.
De-risking thermoplastic composites at industrial scale via hybrid overmolding.
A stalwart in Italy’s “Motor Valley” opens its doors for a discussion and exploration of the company’s history in composites manufacturing for high-performance cars and other applications.
Efficient, high-quality, well-controlled composites manufacturing at volume is the mantra for this 3D weaving specialist.
Photo Credit: all images, Albany Engineered Composites
Spirit AeroSystems was an established aerospace supplier when it earned that distinction, winning the contract for the Boeing 787’s Section 41. Now its sights are set on the next generation of aircraft.
Photo credit: Spirit AeroSystems
Veteran aerostructures Tier 1 transforms into 21st century leader in thermoplastic composites and multiple new markets.
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From AFP hydrofoils to more efficient aircraft parts, Avel uses digital design, multiprocess production and a rule-breaking approach for complex 4D composites.
As the advanced air mobility market begins to take shape, market leader Joby Aviation works to industrialize composites manufacturing for its first-generation, composites-intensive, all-electric air taxi.
An in-house testing business and R&D focus has led to innovative materials use and projects in a range of markets, from civil aerospace to renewable energy to marine.