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HITCO Receives Excellence Award in Manufacturing Technology Achievement

The award recognizes excellence in advanced manufacturing technology for composite materials. The Composites Consortium enables industry participation within the Composites Manufacturing Technology Center (CMTC) of Excellence, a Department of Defense (DOD) R&D initiative administered by the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA). CMTC is one of 9 US Navy Manufacturing Technology Centers of Excellence currently operating within the country. These centers support the US Navy’s Office of Naval Research and are renowned internationally for their work in improving weapons systems and troop safety for US forces as well as processes, cost effectiveness and efficiencies for the DOD. HITCO, which has a multidecade long track record of supplying composite components to the US Navy for production programs including submarine bow domes and fairings, participated as a member of the Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) of Out-of-Autoclave Materials Project Team. The project team received the award for its work in manufacturing aerospace composite components using the latest carbon fiber and polymer systems. The project utilized advanced materials and processing methods, successfully manufacturing high-tech composites at reduced tooling costs. Additional team members included Lockheed Martin, The Boeing Company, GKN Aerospace Aerostructures, Spirit AeroSystems, ElectroImpact, Ingersoll Machine Tools, MAG IAS, Cytec Engineered Materials and SCRA Applied R&D. (7/2012)

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