Monthly Archives: March 2013

Autodesk acquires software company Firehole Composites

Autodesk acquires software company Firehole Composites

Autodesk acquires software company Firehole Composites

Autodesk Inc has completed the acquisition of Firehole Technologies, a privately-held company that specialises in design and analysis software for composite materials. Autodesk, headquartered in San Rafael, California, USA, is a supplier of 3D design, engineering and entertainment software to the manufacturing, architecture, construction and entertainment industries. Through the acquisition of Firehole Composites, based inRead More

Araldite adhesive offers improved wind turbine blade bonding

Araldite AW 4856 / Hardener HW 4856, a GL approved epoxy adhesive from Huntsman Advanced Materials, is designed to improve productivity and increase fatigue resistance for wind blade shell bonding and repairs. As a wind turbine blade spins, it is subject to static and dynamic forces that vary along the blade from the supporting rootRead More

Fives acquires composite processing equipment specialist MAG Americas

Fives acquires composite processing equipment specialist MAG Americas

French industrial engineering group Fives has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MAG Americas, a global supplier of high-performance machining solutions and composite processing equipment. Fives designs and manufactures process equipment, production lines and turnkey plants for the aluminum, steel, glass, automotive, logistics, cement and energy sectors. It achieved sales of €1.5 billion inRead More

Zoltek introduces pultruded profiles for wind blades

Zoltek introduces pultruded profiles for wind blades

Carbon fibre producer Zoltek Corporation is introducing a line of Carbon Fiber Pultruded Profiles to serve as structural reinforcements in wind turbine blades. Complementing its prepreg and fabric offerings to the wind industry, Zoltek is now delivering carbon fibre laminates of constant cross-section that will serve as structural reinforcements in wind turbine blades. These pultrudedRead More

Sigmatex introduces sigmaST spread tow fabric

Sigmatex introduces sigmaST spread tow fabric

Sigmatex is introducing its sigmaST spread tow fabric range. “Through the utilisation of a new state of the art production process based on high speed weaving principles, sigmaST offers exceptionally high quality near zero crimp spread tow fabrics without the drawback of low output rates often associated with current tape woven products,” reports Chris McHugh,Read More

Mitsubishi's Dexterous Robots for Factory Automation

Mitsubishi's Dexterous Robots for Factory Automation

Mitsubishi has released the latest in a series of vertical-axis robots that are designed to perform particularly dexterous and complex tasks formerly operated by humans in a factory setting. RV-F is the new release in the company’s F series of six-axis vertically articulated robots designed for speed, precision, and ease of integration, according to theRead More

Crowdsourcing App Helps Space Agency Improve Robots

The European Space Agency (ESA) wants you to play video games with flying drones so it can develop better space robots. A free app that runs on the iPhone or iPad lets owners of Parrot AR.Drone quadricopters navigate their remote-controlled robots to perform dockings on a simulation of the International Space Station. Using crowdsourcing, theRead More

Lithium-Ion Batteries Overheated in Mitsubishi Vehicles

Lithium-Ion Batteries Overheated in Mitsubishi Vehicles

In yet another setback for lithium-ion battery technology, Mitsubishi Motors has acknowledged that it recently had a fire and an overheating incident involving the high-energy batteries. The automaker reported early Wednesday that a lithium-ion battery pack intended for the Mitsubishi i-MiEV caught fire while connected to a charge/discharge testing station at a Mitsubishi plant inRead More

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