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FAMACOM, an R & D project aimed at advanced manufacturing for light structures of composite materials, starts

CT addresses the automation of manufacturing processes in the aeronautical sector in the hands of its partners Aerotecnic, Inespasa and Titania, with the collaboration of Aimplas, FADA CATEC and the University of Cádiz

The engineering company CT, located in Aerópolis, will address through the FAMACOM R & D project one of the great challenges of aeronautics:

the complete automation of manufacturing processes, reducing recurring costs and eliminating the autoclave curing system.

CT returns to work in aerospace with partners such as Titania - with whom it collaborates in the Easy Joint project -, as well as Aerotecnic and Inespasa - with which it coincides in Aeroplas - to facilitate a more robust and efficient process.

The consortium estimates that this solution is capable of eliminating manual operations by 80% during the manufacture of sandwich structures, as well as achieving a homogeneity of heating curing along the piece of at least 95%. In addition, this technology will have a positive impact on the productivity and efficiency of the processes, with an estimated reduction of 40% in the curing time, with respect to the autoclave.

Other implicit advantages of this proposal are a saving of approximately 30% in the manufacture of tools, as well as energy efficiency, translated into a reduction of 40% of current consumption.

To achieve these objectives, the teams of the different participating companies will carry out several research phases, from the definition of manufacturing processes and selection of materials (cores, fibers and resin) to the final solution ideal for automatic production One- Shot and microwave curing of a composite sandwich structure. The final result requires the development of an automated system for the cleaning, deposition and compacting of dry fiber and cores, as well as a quick curing system in situ.

About FAMACOM

FAMACOM is an R & D project that is part of the FEDER INNTERCONECTA Program of 2018, subsidized by the CDTI and supported by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. The consortium is formed by Aerotecnic companies, such as leader, CT, Titania and Inespasa. The Advanced Center for Aerospace Technologies (CATEC), the University of Cádiz and the Valencian technology center AIMPLAS will also collaborate in the development of research, focused on the manufacture by infusion of composite sandwich structures.