07228611 is referenced by 51 patents and cites 46 patents.

A method of transferring an uncured composite laminate skin from a lay-up surface of a male mandrel tool to a female cure tool includes defining multiple vacuum zones on the lay-up surface, each zone corresponding to one of a multiple of portions into which the skin is to be separated. For example, to separate the skin into two portions, a low profile seal of a first membrane to the lay-up surface is formed at a first vacuum zone and a second low profile seal for a second membrane is formed at a second vacuum zone. The method further includes laying up a composite laminate skin over all the vacuum zones; separating the composite laminate skin into portions, for example, a first portion over the first vacuum zone and a second portion over the second vacuum zone; and releasing the portions individually into cure tools having an outside mold line surface.

Title
Method of transferring large uncured composite laminates
Application Number
10/717030
Publication Number
7228611 (B2)
Application Date
November 18, 2003
Publication Date
June 12, 2007
Inventor
Stephen S Spoon
Buckley
WA, US
Brice A Johnson
Federal Way
WA, US
Donald A Anderson
Bellevue
WA, US
Agent
Ingrassia Fisher & Lorenz P C
Assignee
The Boeing Company
IL, US
IPC
B64C 1/00
B29C 65/00
B23P 11/02
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