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Composites

The Nelson composites capability is located off-site at our strategic Composites Partner. We are able to offer the design and manufacture of advanced carbon fibre composite components and tooling. Our strategic Composites Partner is approved to ISO9001:2000.

Working in partnership we are able to offer revolutionary solutions to the design and manufacture of components and tooling across all sectors. Currently we are designing and manufacturing composite hybrid tooling for Airbus UK for the final assembly of the Airbus A400M wings at their Filton facility. The design and manufacture of the tooling has allowed for significant advantages on weight reduction and handling, improved accuracy within an uncontrolled environment and increased life expectancy of the tooling. Further discussions are planned to develop new composite based tooling to replace traditional tooling methods within the manufacture and assembly of all Airbus wing variants.

Plant & Equipment available are: - Friction heat controlled no 1 Autoclave with internal working area of 2 m diameter x 4 m in length. Water cooled/friction heat controlled no 2 Autoclave with an internal capacity of 1.25 m diameter x 2 m in length. Brown & Sharpe controlled co-ordinate measuring machine with a capacity of 3.6 m x 2.5m x 1.8m. Full CAD-CAM capacity with the ability to accept all formats Catia, CADS 5, AutoCAD, and Licom. 2 off /OSAI-controlled CNC routers 3 m x 1.5 m x .35m. Fully equipped pattern shop. Composite trimming and fitting capacity. Laminating department. Materials preparation department.