Heatcon Composite Systems have launched a new product that improves process control in the repair and manufacturing of composite materials. The network controller is designed to maintain uniform temperatures as multiple hot bonders are used to repair large areas of composite parts.
Hot bonders, heat blankets and other equipment from the Seattle-based company are used to repair composite aircraft components that require a bonding process. The network controller was designed to address advanced repair designs required for new airplanes and helicopters. The increased use of composites for commercial airlines has created a need for equipment to ensure proper cure cycles over large repair areas.
The geometrically complex shapes in later generation aircraft, which use increasing amounts of composite materials will require more sophisticated repairs. Many of these advanced repair techniques can be better addressed using the network controller as it allows coordination of a number of repair zones and has the ability to handle complex and demanding repairs.
Using a single bonder to fix large areas of a composite part makes it difficult to control the temperature throughout the repair area. Connecting several bonders to the new network controller lets technicians provide uniform temperatures, which improves the integrity of the part being repaired.