Premium Aerotec in Augsburg, Germany (formerly EADS, the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co.), molded six enormous reinforced skins for the cargo doors of the first preproduction models of the Airbus A400M military transport plane using EADS’ patented VAP vacuum infusion process.

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Premium Aerotec in Augsburg, Germany (formerly EADS, the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co.), molded six enormous reinforced skins for the cargo doors of the first preproduction models of the Airbus A400M military transport plane using EADS’ patented VAP vacuum infusion process. Molded last September, the 23-ft-long, 13-ftwide door skins won the grand prize for innovation at the JEC show in Paris last month as the largest parts ever made by vacuum infusion in serial production. (VAP replaced an autoclave process.) Unidirectional stringers are integrated in one infusion step, saving a lot of fasteners and assembly. The cargo door skins use an epoxy from Hexcel in Dublin, Calif.; an infusion membrane from W.L. Gore & Assoc. in Germany; and ply lay-up of multi-axial, dry carbonfiber reinforcements from Saertex GmbH in Germany. +49 (821) 801-0 • www.premium-aerotec.com +49 (8063) 80-0 • www.gore-tex.de (704) 464-5998 • www.saertex.com (925) 551-4900 • www.hexcel.com

Hexcel
11711 Dublin Blvd. Dublin, CA 94568
Phone (925) 551-4900 Fax (925) 828-7765