IntAIRCOAT conference program published
From 6 to 8 June 2023, renowned international experts will discuss innovations in aircraft coating. The focus will be on automation and sustainability. But paint repair, corrosion protection without chrome IV and quality assurance will also play a major role.
One of the highlights of the conference will be the topic of riblet coatings. These are surfaces that are modelled on the structure of shark skin and thus reduce the air resistance of the coated aircraft, which leads to lower fuel consumption. The new technology has recently been deployed by several airlines in Europe and Asia. All Nippon Airways (ANA) as the user and Nikon as the technology provider will report on initial experiences in practical operation.
Sustainable aircraft coatings
Other experts will talk about new types of sustainable coatings and the hurdles they face. Andrew Meller from Krüss GmbH, for example, will talk about the challenges of coatings based on vegetable raw materials or recycled materials and how they can be easily tested.
The conference will place a special focus on the topic of automation. This is already challenging due to the size of aircraft. An overview will be given by Scott Adams from the US aerospace company Boeing, who will make the “Robotic Coating Revolution” the subject of his opening presentation. He will discuss experiences from other industries and also shed light on regulatory requirements. Practical experience from automation will be added by Sabine Mewis from Dürr, who will report on an automation project at Turkish Aerospace.
The current programme and registration for IntAIRCOAT 2023 can be found at www.intaircoat.com.