Advanced Composites Blog

Dec 4, 2017 4:05:00 PM

Advanced Manufacturing for Rapid Production, Troubleshooting

Breaking the Log Jam

Ideally, the composites manufacturing process R&D and production scale-up work we do in the Globe, Tacoma, composites lab is directed by customer-driven and application-driven sources. We pay attention to industry trends and emerging technology needs of course, but ideally, we are working toward...

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Oct 30, 2017 3:47:05 PM

CFRT Tape Formatting, Induction Heating, RapidClave

Induction Heating Trial Progresses

October saw the integration of RocTool induction heating to Globe’s R&D RapidClave® in the Tacoma composites lab.  For now, the thermal oil system is disconnected and induction is the primary direct tool heating source.  One of our first process trials will be with a snap-cure prepreg engineered...

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Oct 2, 2017 3:51:52 PM

CFRT Tape Formatting, Advanced Manufacturing for Rapid Production

So Much More than RapidClave

Globe Machine Manufacturing Company recently observed its 100-year anniversary. Nearly 300 current and past employees, family members, and friends gathered to reflect on and celebrate this accomplishment.  When I was introduced to Globe eight years ago, I had never heard of this company.  Folks...

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Aug 31, 2017 7:45:28 PM

RocTool Integration, Arkema Elium liquid thermoplastic resin

RocTool Induction Heating to be integrated

The Globe composites team has been busy trialing various composite material forms in the RapidClave® environment during the past month. Curing and forming of Arkema's Elium® liquid thermoplastic resin system, fast-cure thermoset prepregs for automotive appearance parts, and resin film infusion of...

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Aug 10, 2017 1:13:59 PM

Seamer Formatting Test

August 2017 - Seamer Formatting Test

The Globe composites team continues to test various continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRT) tape products in our Seamer formatting process. By edge-welding prepreg tape pieces together in off-axis fiber orientations; e.g. 90 degrees, +45 degrees and -45 degrees, much higher rate...

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Jul 1, 2017 1:24:00 PM

CFRT Tape Formatting

July 2017 - Strides in CFRT formatting

June marked a significant milestone for the Globe composites team, as they demonstrated the first fully automated process utilized to format continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRT) tape. Composite material suppliers, aerospace OEMs and tier one automotive and aerospace suppliers visited...

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Jun 1, 2017 9:00:00 AM

SAMPE, Advanced Manufacturing for Rapid Production

June 2017- Sampe Follow-up

SAMPE2017 at the Seattle Convention Center was well attended and exhibitors commented that the quality of attendees was very high, evidenced by detailed aerospace program discussions and need for composite materials, process and manufacturing expertise. The 2 1/2 hour "Advanced Manufacturing for...
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