Our client’s projects are diverse and our service covers strategic projects, for large blue chip organisations, to smaller one-off projects.
Composites Engineering has extensive experience of providing total project management services for clients in the Aerospace, Automotive, Industrial/Manufacturing, Marine, Medical, Motorsport, Renewable and the Oil & Gas sectors.
We pride ourselves on our responsiveness and reliability, which makes us trusted advisors to clients.
In this role, we link strategic, programme and project advice to achieve business goals and lasting change.
Whether in long-term partnerships or for one-off projects, we seek to understand an organisation’s aspirations so that we can find imaginative solutions that deliver what they need.
It is based on simultaneous engineering; we engineer structures that not only meet or beat a client's functional performance criteria, they are designed to ensure efficient production.
This allows us to engineer structures possessing not only superior mechanical performance but also the aesthetic qualities that in many markets is a prerequisite for commercial success.
We can be relied on for right-first-time solutions that meet the most demanding standards in the shortest possible time frame.
Whether you require component design, structural analysis or an integrated tooling and manufacturing technology package, with Composites Engineering you are in extremely capable hands.
We possess a deep knowledge of state-of-the-art low total cost techniques for achieving faster time to market.
Whilst innovation inevitably produces a sense of excitement, it can also result in excessive and unscheduled expenditure.
To devise an innovative structure is one thing, producing it cost-effectively is something else entirely - and devising an appropriate manufacturing process is too often a cause of unnecessary re-invention.
The answer is to be innovative, but in the interests of reducing costs and risks, where possible, link the process to technology transfer.
You will find we are a source of both innovative thinking and transferable technology. Why venture into the unknown when you can tap into the kind of expertise that created pioneering developments in advanced composites technology for Formula 1 racing teams.
Clients will benefit from the wealth of experience we have gained providing these creative, practical design solutions.
To date our design expertise has been applied to developing pioneering composite structures for numerous applications, many of these being accomplishing a 'World First' in those industries.
The expertise possessed by ourselves in developing complex composite structures provides clients with a competitive and commercial advantage.
This has been clearly illustrated by the Ascari A410 Le-Mans car project. All of the car's structures were produced in carbon fibre composite and they were subjected to stringent structural testing to meet both FIA and Le-Mans ACO safety regulations.
The chassis, roll hoop and nose box static/dynamic tests were passed on the first attempt with outstanding results. This enabled the Team to build their race cars in the shortest possible time frame and the design has proved to be a race winner in the FIA Sportscar Championship.
Using this software allows us to develop; components with a high level of precision, simpler and more accurate design iterations, and comprehensive documentation for part and/or project management (e.g. integration with a traditional Bill of Materials or BoM).
It also allows for design evaluations without first building a physical prototype of every part in the system and then assembling it to check functionality.
The ability to digitally model and automate a prototype before ever generating a physical model adds enormous efficiency to manufacturing processes and cost reduction benefits.
Autoclave & oven cured prepreg mouldings
Resin infusion processes
Light Resin transfer moulding
Resin transfer moulding
Vacuum assisted resin transfer moulding
Reaction injection moulding
Resin film infusion
The patterns we develop in 3D CAD are usually 3 or 5 axis CNC machined to close tolerances from either Polyurethane (PU) or Epoxy tooling board. This process results in highly stable and accurate patterns.
However depending upon the requirements of the individual project a range of other materials and technologies can be utilised.
The moulds we design are tailored to each individual project and will provide the most appropriate solution for your particular component and manufacturing process.
Mould technologies we have developed extensively include; Autoclave cured carbon fibre prepreg, Resin infused carbon fibre/glass fibre with epoxy resin systems and CNC machined aluminium.
We are also able to provide full project management services that provide our clients with patterns and moulds delivered "on time, on budget and on quality".
Developing the most cost effective and efficient solutions that satisfy design to cost and design for manufacture
Specifying material requirements, define suitable methods of manufacture and identify and implement tooling and equipment
Developing processes to a production steady state standard that meets specification and design intent
Support Production and Quality Assurance in resolving production problems and non-conformances
Utilise Lean Principles to improve the product, process flow, build cycle and waste reduction