M-Torres has agreed with GKN to install at its plant in Western Approach (Bristol, UK) the 5th AFP (Automated Fiber Placement) machine for Rear Spar manufacturing.
In parallel, a similar agreement between M-Torres and Spirit AeroSystems was signed to install the 5th TorresFiberLayUp machine at its facility in Kinston (North Carolina, USA) for bigger Front Spar manufacturing.
The M-Torres AFP machines are column type 'fiber placement' machines that work synchronized with a head-stock tail-stock of 11 m. long and 15 Tn load.
The laying-up (AFP) solution suggested by MTorres achieves a remarkable productivity by shortening the cycle time of manufacturing for these parts, causing a reduction in the overall cost of the production process, which added to the improvement of the quality of fabrication of the Spars, shows the excellence of the product and service offered by MTorres.
Based on the press release “M-Torres supplies to GKN Aerospace and Sporit AeroSystems AFP machines to manufacture the wing spars of the A350 XWB, the latest aeronautical program A350 from Airbus”