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Aerovac Kitting Solutions Package Efficiency and Success

High-rate manufacturing is expected to dominate the commercial aerospace sector, with Boeing and Airbus eyeing build rates of 60-100 per month. Amid this trend, aircraft manufacturers are welcoming any opportunities to create efficiencies in production processes. Composites One can help meet the demand for automated processes and other manufacturing benefits to help make larger aircraft Read More…

Composites Tooling Stacks Up Against Metal Tools

As the composites manufacturing industry evolves, composites are more frequently used to make larger structures with complex geometries and increased tolerance requirements. The complexity of tooling needed to make these parts is also increasing with the demand for high-rate tools, along with keeping costs low and delivering shorter lead times. While composites tooling can be Read More…

Carbon and Glass Fiber Prepregs Reinforce Composites Success

Prepregs are composite materials that have been pre-impregnated with a thermoplastic or thermoset resin, serving to reinforce the strength and performance capabilities of fibers in composites applications. Carbon fiber and glass fiber, or fiberglass, are among the most common advanced reinforcement materials used in prepregs together with the resin. Both carbon and glass fiber can Read More…

Peel Ply from Aerovac Helps with Surface Preparation

Aerovac offers the process materials that composites manufacturers need to ensure easy application, curing, and removal of composites from the surface mold. Peel ply is a process material that is integral to achieving an effective, uniform surface preparation as part of a prepreg processing/vacuum bagging process. In a vacuum application process, peel ply fabric, or Read More…

Why Aerospace Manufacturers Stick with Composites One and 3M for Structural Film Adhesives

Film adhesives are used in aerospace composites manufacturing to reinforce the structural integrity of exterior or interior aircraft parts, as well as for maintenance and repair applications. Adhesives can replace weighty and corrosive mechanical fasteners in the production process while achieving less overall weight and increased production and cost efficiencies. Structural film adhesives are used Read More…

Aerovac Innovation Begins with Customers

Aerovac manufactures high-quality vacuum bagging and process materials that are developed through the process of listening to customers’ demands and tailoring products specifically suited to their end application requirements. As a result, Aerovac supplies products that are ideal for common uses across multiple industry segments. Product innovation Aerovac offers several innovative products that help customers Read More…

Understanding Prepregs in Out-of-Autoclave Processing

For manufacturers who rely on large, high-quality parts that offer high performance, and strength, using out of an autoclave with prepreg combined with vacuum bagging can be an ideal, lower-cost alternative to traditional autoclave processing. While autoclave processing uses pressure vessels to process parts and advanced composites materials that require exposure to elevated pressure and Read More…

Explaining Thermoplastic Reinforcements

Composites One supplies thermoplastic reinforcements and resins to help customers make the most of their composites manufacturing processes. This article focuses on thermoplastic reinforcements. When a reinforcement fiber is added to a thermoplastic polymer resin, the result is a stronger, tougher reinforced thermoplastic that can perform in more demanding and complex applications and can also Read More…

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Transportation Industry is Trucking Ahead with Composites

The use of composites in commercial trucking dates back over half a century when fiberglass was first used for its strength and weight reduction benefits. Today, the benefits of composite materials in transportation manufacturing have expanded beyond fiberglass and are seen in commercial trucks, buses, and trailers, to enhance fuel economy and meet weight restrictions. Read More…

Aerovac Process Materials Used in Prepreg and Infusion Manufacturing Processes

Most structural composite parts made in the wind energy and aerospace markets are made in single-sided tools and require the extensive use of process materials. Choosing the appropriate process materials for composite manufacturing processes, such as prepreg processing and vacuum infusion methods, is critical to achieving quality finished parts. Process material stacks vary depending on Read More…

Composites One Offers Aerospace Customers Access to Industry Leading Suppliers

Aerospace manufacturers are relying increasingly on advanced composite materials to build next-generation aircraft that deliver improved strength and performance against environmental conditions. Composites One works with the leading suppliers of products and materials that aerospace composites manufacturers need to optimize their production operations. The industry has evolved from producing all-metal aircraft at the turn of Read More…

Composites Kitting Solutions: Proven to Improve Operational Efficiency

In composites manufacturing, shop employees can spend considerable time cutting materials to fit the tool being used, with both prepreg and vacuum bagging consumables. In addition, cutting the composite materials also adds significant cost and waste to a composite manufacturing operation. Composites One partners with suppliers of kitting solutions for composites and process materials enabling Read More…