21 July 2015
21 July 2015
Formaplex has been awarded three major certifications, adding to the ISO 9001 and UKAS management systems, already in place.
According to Formaplex, TS 16949: 2009 is the most prestigious award within the automotive industry, gaining accreditation is testament to their commitment of supplying quality assured products, such as interior and exterior moulded components to OEM’s and Tier 1 suppliers.
It explains that its recent audit by Bentley Motors achieved an outstanding Grade A status, VW Formel Q certification, satisfying the most stringent conditions. This approval will raise their profile within the Volkswagen Group, gaining approval from Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Audi, VW, Seat, Skoda and Ducati.
Its third major certification secured this year is AS9100C for manufacturing and machining composite components for aerospace, defence and space industries. With a strong history for manufacturing complex composite and aluminium components, achieving the AS9100C accreditation will increase its business potential and further its approval within the sectors. The award is an acknowledgement of its complete quality management systems and underscores its ability to manufacture products to meet customer and regulatory requirements. A NADCAP level 8 climate controlled clean room has recently been approved and a new Maroso 6m x 3m autoclave for curing large composite components supports its manufacturing capacity for existing and potential customers within aerospace, defence, automotive and motorsport industries.
Formaplex says its policy of continuous improvement keeps it at the forefront of advanced technology. This year’s investments already include new FTP Raid and Belloti 5 axis CNC milling machines for precision engineering of tooling and large composite and aluminium components, such as wing structures, up to 4m in length. Formaplex says the additional machinery has increased production capacity which already extends to 24/7 operations to meet time critical delivery schedules. The company’s impressive plant list includes 40 CNC milling machines and 11 injection mould presses ranging from 3500t - 55t, with 6 axis and 3 axis robots.
Another recent investment is a new ‘state of the art’ Dea Global measuring machine for the metrology department, providing dimensional inspection of mechanical components with tight tolerances, complex geometries and free form surfaces.
Managing Director, Michael Last, comments “Our objective is to meet or exceed the high standards demanded by our customers. Many occupy high profile positions in demanding industries, they require a ‘total satisfaction’ service and that’s exactly what we supply. Our recent achievements demonstrate we have the systems and processes in place to meet our standards. We are also proud of our ‘work hard with the right team’ ethics, employing personnel with specialist knowledge to deliver this expanding service.”
Premium Aerotec, Faurecia Clean Mobility and Solvay have launched the research group IRG CosiMo: Composites for Sustainable Mobility, which will focus on the development of materials and process technologies to enable the high volume production of thermoplastic composites for the aerospace and automotive markets.
Cevotec reports that it is further developing its fibre patch placement (FPP) process in cooperation with leading manufacturers of components for the aerospace industry.
CRP USA will exhibit solutions for the space industry manufactured using 3D printing and the Windform family of composite materials at the 2018 Small Satellite Conference taking place at Utah State University, Logan, US, on 4-9 August.