Web Industries to expand operations at Denton, Texas, facility
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Web Industries to expand operations at Denton, Texas, facility

Multi-layer insulation (MLI) and composite ply cutting supports aerospace, space, programs.

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Web Industries Inc., a precision formatter of advanced composites materials for aerospace, space, and medical applications, is implementing a major expansion of its Denton, Texas, manufacturing facility. The expansion will increase the plant’s productive capacity, smooth the flow of manufacturing activities, and help support larger customer programs.

According to Ben Winters, general manager of Web Industries’ CAD Cut Services business unit, the $1.5-million project will add 20,000ft2 of manufacturing space to the facility, nearly doubling its size, and create new multi-layer insulation (MLI) and composite ply cutting production cells.

The project will leave current production activities at Denton unaffected and is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2020.

“The completed expansion will transform Web Denton into one of the company’s Centers of Excellence, joining other Web manufacturing hubs such as Atlanta, Georgia, and Montpelier, Vermont,” Winters says. “With the Denton expansion and the recent acquisition of Omega Systèmes, which has manufacturing facilities in Nantes and Bordeaux, France, Web has strengthened its position as the leading precision formatter globally.”

Phase one of the Denton expansion involves creation of a 10,000ft2 production area for the cutting and assembly of MLI blankets. These are multi-layer components that provide thermal insulation in space vehicles such as satellites and rockets, and in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines used in medical applications. The new area will be equipped with computer-controlled automated cutting tables and industrial sewing machines for blanket assembly.

The expansion’s second phase centers on a new composites ply cutting and kitting area, which will format materials for aerospace engines and related applications. Also slated for expansion are Denton’s administrative offices and employee training facilities. In addition, the project gives Web the space and flexibility to install more freezers in the future for the proper storage of composite materials before processing.