GKN are the first in UK to automate composite repair

The Engineer reported that GKN Aerospace is to be the first UK-based user of a new machine that can significantly speed up the production and repair of complex composite structures and reduce cost by 60%

GKN Aerospace with its partner SCLR Lasertechnik has installed the first prototype robotic machine using laser technology to remove damaged composite structure on aircrafts. The new robotic cell, housed at GKN Aerospace’s composites research centre in the UK, replaces the time consuming, manual grinding away of damaged structure with a precise, contact and vibration-free laser removal process.

GKN will first use the equipment to develop prototype wing boxes as part of the Next Generation Composite Wing programme led by Airbus and sponsored by the Technology Strategy Board.

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