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The Rise in Composite Material Use

Composite materials are increasing in popularity in both the automotive and aerospace industries. The rise in popularity of composites is due in part to companies advancing the design flexibility and decreasing the cost of them. These two factors could potentially open the door to new opportunities and begin the growth of a broader market for composite parts.

 

There are constraints to using composites though. They still have an increased cost over metals, and designing the perfect composite for specific applications can be elusive. As for the automotive side of composites, many leaders in the industry have come together to find solutions. They are focusing on decreasing cost of manufacturing composites while increasing flexibility of the designs. Although there is a high cycle time in production which increases costs, new approaches are being looked at to lower these costs.

 

When it comes to aircraft, it is more expensive to maintain components and structures that are made out of metal because they tend to show signs of long-term fatigue. Because of this, a large part of the cost to maintaining the equipment is from maintenance, operation, and repair (MRO), not the initial purchase price. However, composite structures maintain their strength, don’t decompose, and retain their original characteristics over a greater time frame.

 

In addition to composite equipment lasting longer, GE has designed carbon fiber composites to use in jet engine fan blades which result in a 5% decrease in fuel consumption when compared to similar engines. The blades will first be used with Boeing’s 777X aircraft.

 

Like the metal components before them, composite materials in the automotive and aerospace industries will still need repairs. When the need arises, Wichitech has the right products to get equipment back up and running. We offer safe, reliable, and value packed hot bond composite repair systems for all automotive and aerospace repairs.  Contact us for more information on the products we offer for composite repairs.

Learn About the Latest Composite Repair Systems at CAMX 2017

As a designer and manufacturer of hot bond composite repair systems, WichiTech is excited to take part in the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX), now taking place December 12-14 , 2017 in Orlando, Florida. We’ll be exhibiting at Booth P81.

 

This year, CAMX 2017 is introducing the first ever Innovation Park, right in the middle of exhibition hall. This area is being dedicated to learning, networking, and inspiration for all attendees. There will be four zones to choose from which offer a variety of things like meeting like-minded industry professionals, solving any challenges your company might be having, and observing presentations in a completely different way.

 

CAMX is the largest show of its kind, with over 550 exhibitors from around the globe. More than 8,000 attendees can expect to learn about: cutting edge technology, new industrial and commercial applications, key industry trends, view live demonstrations, and take part in networking opportunities. 250 educational sessions addressing over 100 different topics will also be offered. CAMX is the perfect event for anyone wanting to grow their business opportunities and develop industry skills, all while making important connections.

 

Along with all of the exhibitions and educational sessions, there are numerous ACMA meetings going on and an ACMA membership awards ceremony and reception. There are many other awards, ceremonies, and events taking place as well, such as the SAMPE University Research Symposium. This competitive program allows students to present the results of their research at CAMX every year. Winners in the Ph.D. division get to go on and present their papers at CAMX in Europe and Japan.

 

Will you be looking for a composite repair system at CAMX? Give WichiTech a call at 1-800-776-4277 so we can discuss your needs.