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AGC AeroComposites Deploys Automated Lay-Up Machine
HAYDEN, Idaho—AGC AeroComposites, a global composites and metal components and assemblies manufacturer for the aerospace and defense industry, has invested in the development and deployment of a proprietary automated lay-up machine (ALM) to manufacture composite structures and components. The new machine is located at AGC’s Hayden, Idaho plant, where AGC manufactures both structural and non-structural advanced composites.
The advanced technology enables AGC AeroComposites to provide “significant cost reductions” versus traditional hand lay-up processes, the company reported. The machine is said to be suitable for products such as cleats, clips, angle brackets and intercostals. It conforms to existing process specifications, does not require engineering changes, and uses existing or inexpensive new tooling, AGC said in a press release.
“We realize that we have to remain innovative and continue to make strategic investments in order to compete with low-cost countries and emerging technologies,” said Wayne Exton, CEO of AGC AeroComposites, in the release. “We are excited to deploy the first machine of this type in the world and look forward to adding value to customers looking to reduce total landed costs in their products. This is truly a game changer.”
Mark Withrow, vice president and general manager of AGC’s Hayden facility, said that the automated lay-up machine is exceeding the company’s expectations for quality and cycle times. “The repeatability of this enhanced technology is a dramatic step forward in first pass yield,” he said in the release.
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