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Exelis expands its composite manufacturing capability

News International-French

23 Jul 2014

The company has licensed patented manufacturing technology from Belgium based Bodair S.A. to produce composite struts, tubes and rods (STaR) for commercial and military aircraft applications.

The new Exelis STaR product line expands the company’s aerostructures solutions and supports the aerospace industry’s demand for high-performance, light-weight structural hardware.

The company will use the new technology to produce a variety of composite hardware components under the STaR product line, including floor beam and wing box struts, control rods and torque tubes. This technology allows for rapid development and reconfiguration of product design and offers the capability to produce monolithic carbon fiber struts or integrate metallic fittings during the automated manufacturing process. As a result, the STaR products are lower weight while achieving the same strength requirements compared with other composite production methods. In addition, the composite hardware provides much higher strength-to-weight ratio vs. traditional metallic parts.

Aerostructures has been identified as one of four strategic growth platforms for the company. Exelis will produce the STaR products at its composite design and manufacturing center in Salt Lake City.

Bodair S.A. is an emerging technology company active in the design and development of carbon fiber applications for the aerospace industry. The company’s investment in research and development has advanced the use of composite materials in aircraft applications and produced innovative manufacturing processes.

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