- Increasing demand for discontinuous long fiber thermoplastic composites
- Additional ProFusion compression molding line & 5-axis machining center
- Main application: aerospace
Greene, Tweed has commissioned additional composites manufacturing equipment to support the ongoing growth for components produced from Xycomp DLF discontinuous long fiber thermoplastic composites. The investment expands the company’s capacity to meet the increasing demand for Aerospace components produced from this material.
Additional ProFusion compression molding line
The new equipment includes another highly automated ProFusion compression molding line and a dedicated advanced machining center, both of which are fully operational in Greene, Tweed’s Kulpsville, PA composites production center.
The additional ProFusion molding line incorporates high pressure/high temperature capability for near-net compression molded PEEK and PEKK-based DLF thermoplastic composite materials. Bar code scanning for process parameter input and automated mold/material handling are among the features included in all of Greene, Tweed’s ProFusion lines, delivering a high level of process control that ensures repeatability and reliability.
5-Axis Advanced Machining Center
A fully automated 5-axis advanced FMS (Flexible Manufacturing System) machining center was installed to increase composite machining capabilities that support DLF component manufacture. Automated tool change-overs and automated palletized loading are additional features incorporated for high-volume lean manufacturing of complex-shape composite parts.
The new molding and machining equipment is currently manufacturing components for applications in service on Airbus A350, A380, A320, Boeing 787 and 777, and Bombardier C-series aircraft.