The NCC has developed a framework for the adaptation and implementation of Digital Technologies into composites design and manufacturing: Digital for Composites (D4CTM).
The objective of the framework is to accelerate the process and to rapidly identify the value added (if any) by the introduction of digital into the technology development cycle. The presentation will cover the development of the D4C framework and several examples of how Digital Technologies are already impacting the development of new manufacturing technologies, including the Right-Every-Time methodology, as shown in Fig. 1. This development enables to move from the more traditional quality control of finished parts to in-process closed-loop control. This significantly increases the reliability of the different manufacturing processes and when fully developed could completely negate the need for the final inspection.
Figure 1: D4C Right-Every-Time Framework for the implementation I4.0 into composites manufacturing
National Composite Center, UK