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process

Key evolutions in automated
weight-saving processes
From time immemorial, the flight of birds has fascinated mankind.
Since 1985, Mtorres has been developing weight-saving solutions
with the same fascination and passion in an attempt to make aviation easier.

By
Miguel Angel Garcia
Account Manager
M.Torres Disenos Industriales

M

torres' customer-centric
approach, coupled with its
technological design and
engineering strengths, establishes a
value proposition focused on longterm relationships and the delivery
of value-added products and professional services. The purpose of these
solutions is to provide new competitive advantages for customers to help
them deliver critical yet economical
aerospace initiatives.

In the early days, weight was reduced
by removing material from panels to
reach the right thickness. First, the
Torreslaser® and Torrestool®maskant
laser scriber machines were developed in an attempt to automate the
chemical milling process. A later
development was the Torres laser
welding system, which enabled a 15%
weight saving on fuselage panels by
automatically placing stringers in their
theoretical position on the panels,
followed by the Torres 3D surface mil-

Ranging from automatic tape laying
and fibre placement systems for
lamination, ultrasonic cutting, routing
and drilling with flexible tooling
machines for net trimming, ultrasonic
inspection for non-destructive testing
to automated assembly jigs, Mtorres
provides a comprehensive, productive
and well-proven range of solutions.
In particular, the company's lamination solutions encompass a unique
combination of successful processes,
using the best practices for fibres,
single tapes, multi-tapes or a combination of all three.

One of the largest commercial CFTP
structures - the Airbus A350 XWB
wing lower cover (dimensions 35m
x 7m) - is made at Airbus Illescas in
Spain, with single-tape technology,
using a 12-inch (305 mm) band
width. An upper cover with similar dimensions is manufactured by
Airbus Stade in Germany in a similar way. Single-tape technology is a
reliable technology that has evolved
with more technologically advanced
machines (multi-tape systems) or
solutions with interchangeable heads
that can be integrated in a flexible
environment, with or without cutting
machines for uncured composites, in
order to maximize output while reducing overall investment in clean-room
and material costs.

Optimizing deposition rate
with multi-tape technology
The multi-tape configuration always
lays up the equivalent of 6", 12" or 24"
(152.5, 305 or 610 mm) band width,
even when smaller tapes are used.
Every single sequence of the laminate
is produced automatically: glass-copper-CFRP. This concept is normally
used for smaller components (e.g.

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Feature Prepreg

A wide range
of automating systems

ling machine for machining pockets
on fuselage panels with a high level of
productivity, eliminating the need for
chemical processes.
Nowadays, the focus is much more on
depositing only as much material as is
required. New materials, in particular
carbon fibre, are replacing metal sheet
in a number of cases. Over the years,
Mtorres has developed the widest
range of systems to automate the
composite component manufacturing
process with the highest flexibility
and productivity.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014

Cover
Edito
Point of view: volume production
Contents
Agenda of Events
COMPANY & BUSINESS
In Brief
Advanced materials
APPLICATIONS
Cargo
Marine
E-car
Motorcycle
MARKET
Glass fibre
Overview 2013
FEATURE PREPREG
Laminates
Paper
Equipment
Technology
Carbon fibre
Formulation
Process
Investment
Tool
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Additive manufacturing
Class A
TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATIONS
Cutting
PVC
Recycling
Design
Filament winding
Index
In the world
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Cover
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Edito
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Point of view: volume production
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Contents
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Agenda of Events
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - In Brief
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Advanced materials
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 13
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Cargo
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Marine
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 16
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - E-car
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Motorcycle
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Glass fibre
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 20
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 21
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 22
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 23
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Overview 2013
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Laminates
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 26
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 27
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Paper
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 30
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Equipment
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 32
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 33
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Technology
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 35
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 36
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Carbon fibre
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 38
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 39
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Formulation
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 41
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 42
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Process
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 44
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Investment
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Tool
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 47
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 48
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Additive manufacturing
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 50
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 51
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 52
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Class A
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 54
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Cutting
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 56
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - PVC
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 58
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Recycling
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 60
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Design
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 62
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 63
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Filament winding
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Index
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - In the world
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 67
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 68
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