Composites Manufacturing 2012

Daily Sessions

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


7:00 – 7:45 a.m.
SME Members-Only Meet & Greet (separate registration required)

Complimentary Breakfast Buffet Provided

Join SME’s Composites Manufacturing Tech Group and your fellow SME Members for this unique event. Local and international SME Members attending Composites Manufacturing 2012 will hear information on the advanced composites industry. Take this opportunity to gain valuable industry knowledge while increasing the number and quality of your networking contacts!



Guest Speaker:

Chris Red, Principal, Composites Forecasts and Consulting, LLC
*SME Membership status will be confirmed by e-mail prior to the event

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Keynote Presentation – FREE!

Apache Attack Helicopter: Relevant Yesterday – Relevant Today – Relevant Tomorrow!

The prototype YAH-64 Apache made its first flight in 1975 and within a year received a full-scale development contract. In 1984 the first of 937 AH-64A Apaches was delivered to the US Army and many of our international allies. In 1997 the A model was followed by the next generation AH-64D Apache Longbow, which included numerous enhanced capabilities and cutting-edge technology. Now in 2011, reinventing itself once again, the Apache Block III has made its first flight, and soon the latest version of the premier attack helicopter will be protecting our customers around the world. But we won’t stop there – plans are already underway to keep the Apache relevant to the warfighter for another 30 years.

John E. Schibler
Chief Engineer & IPT Lead - Attack Helicopter Programs, Boeing Defense
Space & Security
The Boeing Company

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Concurrent Technical Sessions

Out-of Autoclave
Chair: * Robin Zwick, Manufacturing Engineer, Apache IPT, The Boeing Company

Overview of Self-Heated Tooling Approaches for Out-of-Autoclave Curing
* Dave Dickson, Tooling Technical Development Leader, The Boeing Company

Temperature Controls for Out-of-Autoclave Tools
Kip Petrykowski, Business Development Manager – Composites, SINGLE Temperature Controls, Inc.

Methods for Construction of Self-Heated Molds for Curing
of Composite Laminates
Darren Boyce, Owner, Boyce Components

Novel OOA Prepreg Formats for Tooling
Jon Grigson, Advanced Composites Group

Automated Processing I

Chair: * Carroll Grant, Aerospace Marketing Contractor, Aerospace Composites Consulting

Tape Layer Machine Technology Evolution and Vision for the Future
* David Champa, General Manager, MTorres USA

Automated Layup of High-Angle-Range Carbon Composite Parts
with Static Tools
* Justin Stamen, Mechanical Engineer, Electroimpact

Using a Single Software Solution for Multiple AFP and ATL Machines
Samoil Samak, Vice President, Mikrosam AD

Automated Composites Lay-Up: What’s Your Technology Strategy?
Robert Harper, Director, Technical Sales Aerospace, MAG IAS, LL

Design & Software
Chair: Steve Flores, Boeing – Airframe Engineering IPT Lead, The Boeing Company

Composite Programming for Engineering
Bill Hasenjaeger, Product Marketing Manager, CGTech

Composites as a Neutral Format for FAA Certification
Rani Richardson, Composites Product Specialist, Dassault Systemes

Finite Element Modeling of Twist Drilling in Metals and Composites
Dr. Shuji Usui, Lead Developer, Third Wave Systems

Use of Visualization Tools and Techniques to Improve Quality Data Analysis and Support Corporate-wide Quality Initiatives in Composites Manufacturing
Don Jasurda, Vice President, Dimensional Control Systems

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

2012 Composites Manufacturing Awards Luncheon
J.H. "Jud" Hall Composites Manufacturing Award
Presented by SME's Composites Manufacturing Tech Group
All Composites Manufacturing 2012 attendees are invited to join this special luncheon, honoring the 2012 Jud Hall Award and the Excellence in Composites Manufacturing Award recipients.

The J.H. "Jud" Hall Composites Manufacturing Award is presented annually to an individual who has contributed to the composites manufacturing or tooling technology through leadership, technical developments, patents or educational activities. The Excellence in Composites Manufacturing Awards are presented to companies that have excelled in manufacturing products made from advanced composite materials. To nominate individuals or companies for these awards, click here
Attendance at this Awards Luncheon is included in a Full Conference and Wednesday only pass. Individual Awards Luncheon tickets may be purchased for  $25 to SME/Abaris Members and $35 to Nonmembers.

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m

Concurrent Technical Sessions

Wind Energy
Chair: Chris Red, Principal, Composites Forecasts and Consulting, LLC

Affordable Composites Manufacturing Technology: Key to Widen Carbon Fiber Applications in Wind Energy
Nirav Patel, Sr. Lead Engineer - Composites, GE Energy

Advanced Laser Projection for Wind Turbine Blade Tooling and Production
* Scott Blake, President, Assembly Guidance

Smart Composite Wind Turbine Blades
* George N. Bullen, FSME, CPIM, CEO, Smart Blades, Inc.

Automated Processing II
Chair: * Vern Benson, Composites Development Engineer, ATK Aerospace Structures Division

Automated Fiber Placement and Prepreg Slit Tape: Partners Ensuring
Productivity and Quality for Aerospace Manufacturing
* Dan Ott, Global Strategic Account Manager, Web Industries

Automated Metrics to Improve Utilization of Composites Manufacturing Equipment
Chris Madsen, Research and Development Engineer, ATK/Research and Development

Composites in High Definition – Fabrication Advances in Composites Manufacturing
Ken Mercer, Business Area Manager, San Diego Composites

Gantry vs. Horizontal – Pros and Cons in Fiber Placement
Mike Muser, Composites Business Unit Manager, Ingersoll Machine

Tooling for Composites
Chair: * Dave Dickson, Advanced Developmental Composites, Tooling Development Leader,The Boeing Company

HexTOOL; CNC Machined Quasi-isotropic Carbon Tooling
Mark Gerdisch, Senior Engineer, Hexcel Corporation

Next Generation Composite Processing - A System of Systems Approach
Ben Halford, CEO, Surface Generation Ltd.

Light-Weight Drilling System within Assembly Tooling for Transport
Aircraft Fuselage Structure
Oscar de Francisco, Project Manager, MTorres Aeronautics Division

Rapid Affordable Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Composite
Application Case Study
Bill Macy, Application Development Lead, Stratasys

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
“Meet, Greet, & Discover” Networking Reception in the Exhibit Area
Discover solutions, discuss industry trends and connect with exhibitors in a casual atmosphere. Enjoy light refreshments.

Reception Sponsor:

 * SME Member  


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