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Using real-time data for increasing the efficiency of the automated fibre placement process. / Winter, D.; Crowley, D.; Ward, C.; Williams, S.; McMahon, C.; Potter, K.

In: International Journal of Vehicle Structures and Systems, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2017, p. 11-16.

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Winter, D, Crowley, D, Ward, C, Williams, S, McMahon, C & Potter, K 2017, 'Using real-time data for increasing the efficiency of the automated fibre placement process', International Journal of Vehicle Structures and Systems, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 11-16. https://doi.org/10.4273/ijvss.9.1.03

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Winter, D., Crowley, D., Ward, C., Williams, S., McMahon, C., & Potter, K. (2017). Using real-time data for increasing the efficiency of the automated fibre placement process. International Journal of Vehicle Structures and Systems, 9(1), 11-16. https://doi.org/10.4273/ijvss.9.1.03

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Winter D, Crowley D, Ward C, Williams S, McMahon C, Potter K. Using real-time data for increasing the efficiency of the automated fibre placement process. International Journal of Vehicle Structures and Systems. 2017;9(1):11-16. https://doi.org/10.4273/ijvss.9.1.03

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Winter, D. ; Crowley, D. ; Ward, C. ; Williams, S. ; McMahon, C. ; Potter, K. / Using real-time data for increasing the efficiency of the automated fibre placement process. In: International Journal of Vehicle Structures and Systems. 2017 ; Vol. 9, No. 1. pp. 11-16.

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