Workshops - Monday, March 18, 2013



Additional fees required for workshops. All workshops take place at the Long Beach Convention Center.


Concurrent Morning Workshops:
8:30am – 11:30am



Automated Fiber Placement Technology (AFP)

Barrett Milenski
Research and Development Engineer – Composites Automation and Processing
ATK Aerospace Structures

Composite materials offer great performance advantages to many products in our world today. One of the factors keeping composites from being more universally used is the overall cost of fabrication. The raw materials are generally higher in cost than most materials they compete with, and fabrication labor adds to the cost of finished parts. Several companies, including ATK Aerospace Structures (ATK), have been involved in developing lower cost manufacturing technologies for complex composite products. One of these automation technologies, pioneered by ATK, which has been and continues to be very successful, is Automated Fiber Placement (FP or AFP). Fiber placement has become an accepted production process for many space, commercial and military structures.

Attendees will learn:

  • History/background of AFP
  • AFP State of the Art (SOTA)/Current Applications
  • Process Overview - example process flows for AFP parts, thin skins, stiffened skins, core structures
  • Materials - What materials are being used today? Epoxy, BMI, fibers, tow widths, typical critical machine parameters, etc... Where is it going next?
  • Design for Manufacture (DFM)
  • Offline Programming
  • Is AFP the right process for your part? – What parts typically work well for AFP, ATL, AFP + ATL, etc.



Out of Autoclave Composite Processing

Chris Ridgard
Associate Technical Fellow
Cytec Aerospace Materials


Jon Grigson
Technical Support Manager
Cytec Industrial Materials

The understanding of the technology for manufacturing composite structures without using an expensive, geometry restrictive autoclave has advanced significantly in recent years. This workshop covers the key aspects of how to exploit these advances in material technology and the associated part manufacturing processes to enable large integrated structures with fewer joints to be built and to enable a wider base of manufacturers to build high performance structures for aerospace, marine and a wide variety of industrial applications.

Attendees will learn:

  • An overview of the history of OOA technology development since the 1990’s
  • The basics of oven vacuum bag prepreg processing
  • Techniques for the manufacture of honeycomb sandwich and other complex structures
  • Materials and processes developed for marine and industrial structures
  • Materials and processes developed for aerospace structural applications
  • OOA technology applied to tooling applications
  • New OOA materials technology including BMI based systems


Concurrent Afternoon Workshops:
1:30pm – 4:30pm


Develop High Quality Composite Parts Efficiently and Profitably

Leigh Hudson
Director of Product and Market Strategy
Siemens PLM Software

John O’Connor
Director of Product and Market Strategy
Siemens PLM Software

Bill Hasenjaeger
Product Marketing Manager

This workshop will teach how to optimize designs and increase productivity throughout the composites design and manufacturing lifecycle—including rapidly adapting to design changes, predicting manufacturability issues, and improving communication to the supply chain. The Fibersim portfolio of software for composites engineering from Siemens PLM Software provides specialized solutions for developing high quality composite parts efficiently and profitably. You will also learn how to enable rapid design and manufacturing iterations to optimize the development of composite structures produced by automated fiber placement (AFP) machines.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Optimize the design-to-manufacturing process
  • Develop robust products on schedule and on budget
  • Reduce uncertainty in the behavior of manufactured parts
  • Efficiently define, communicate and maintain a complete, single part definition across disciplines



The Next Step in Manufacturing Innovation and Collaboration: 15 Strategies for Increasing Productivity and Reducing Costs

Jo Umberger
President & CEO
Umberger Development Partners Inc.


This workshop explores fifteen (15) strategies for employees and leaders to improve innovation by taking next steps in collaboration. Implementing the strategies is expected to yield highly desirable results, including a deeper level of involvement by employees and a higher level of leadership. In turn, these produce increased productivity and reduced costs. Sixteen years of experience using the basic ideas with many organizations has led to their reaching additional, very specific objectives such as improved focus on continuous improvement, better communication, greater levels of team work, improved sales, and less stress.

Attendees will learn:

  • What next steps of collaboration are needed to improve innovation?
  • How can you gain the level of buy-in needed to increase productivity and reduce costs?
  • 15 strategies for increasing productivity and reducing costs (These strategies can be applied to other goals, as mentioned above.)
  • 12 often-overlooked indicators that teams are not working to expected standards