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OCTOBER 2018 26 CompositesWorld Bespoke automated composites manufacturing equipment Accudyne Systems (Newark, DE, US) is featuring its line of of custom- ized automation equipment for producing intermediary materials, preforms and finished parts. Equipment developed by Accudyne includes automated fiber placement machines, flat charge laminators, stringer formers, cross-ply laminators, de-bulking systems, noodle formers, pick-and-place laminators, kitting machines, bladder wrappers and robotic tool management. The company's equip- ment supports production activities for the Boeing 787, Airbus A350, Gulfstream G600, the V-22 Osprey and other commercial and military aircraft. Booth Z21. Composites testing solutions for extreme temperatures Zwick USA (Kennesaw, GA, US) is displaying a variety of tooling, grips and fixtures designed to accommodate testing regimes. Products include interlaminar shear strength fixtures, load bearing test tools, hydraulic composite compression fixtures, 3- and 4- point flexure test kits for fiber composite materials and compression test kits for end loading. The company's AllroundLine system is said to to perform more than 20 types of composites tests in compli- ance with more than 100 test standards. The TestXpert III test software supports a range of applications from shear loading of composite sandwich specimens to open-hole compression testing in accordance with ASTM, ISO and DIN standards, as well as company-specific standards. The MakroXtens extensometer can be used up to specimen break, even with high loads and brittle specimen material. With an integrated safety mechanism and rotatable knife edges, the operator and system are protected from specimen breakage. In addition, the company's newly designed temperature chambers are fully integrated in the testing systems and can test from -70°C to +250°C. They are compatible with ZwickRoell extension measurement systems, ensuring reliable test results for optical and contact measurements. The chamber's modular concept means the test setup can be adapted to suit the operator's needs. ZwickRoell industry experts will be on hand at Booth R55 to demonstrate a 10-kN AllroundLine universal testing machine featuring body-over-wedge grips and makroXtens extensometer. High-temperature prepregs and adhesive systems High-temperature materials specialists Renegade Materials Corp. and Maverick Corp. (both in Miamisburg, OH, US) are featuring their prepregs and adhesives, powered by Maverick-developed, non-MDA polyimide resins. Renegade Materials' exclusive 700°F RM-1100 polyimide prepreg is qualified or in qualification at multiple international aerospace OEMs. RM-1100 and Renegade Materials' exclusive 600°F MVK-14 FreeForm prepregs are approved for export and offer non-MDA options to replace PMR-15 as well as titanium in primary structure. Maverick Corp. is featuring its family of high-temperature polyimide coatings and RTM resins, including MVK-2066, MVK-10 and RTM-1100. Renegade Materials is promoting its BMI product line including prepreg systems (RM-3002 and RM-3004), infusion resins (RM-3000 and RM-3010) and adhesives (RM-3011, RM-3006 and RM-3007). Renegade Materials' RM-3004, says the company, is the most mature out-of- autoclave (OOA)-processable BMI prepreg system in the industry, with applications in both aerospace structures and tooling. Renegade Materials has completed several key commercial aerospace qualifications of these BMI products and is now in high-rate production supporting these programs. Renegade Materials also is featuring its low-dielectric prepreg system, RM-2014-LDk-TK. This modified epoxy system is said to offer cyanate ester-like dielectric properties at a much lower cost, and it processes in or out of autoclave. Booth Y20. Composites design, manufacturing services Matrix Composites Inc. (Rockledge, FL, US), a designer and manufacturer of a range of high-performance composite components and assemblies, is emphasizing its design, development, tooling, fabrication, testing and integration services. Matrix features precision resin transfer molding (RTM) and conventional composites. Other processes offered include hot isostatic resin pressure molding (HiRPM), compression molding, vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM), autoclave curing, oven curing and trapped rubber and bladder molding. Notable application types include fixed and rotating engine components, integrated engine structures, engine nacelles, waste tanks, aircraft interior components, seat components, skins, heat and A/C ducts, wind swept surfaces, spars, radomes, antennas, fuselages and more. Booth J101. SHOW PREVIEW

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