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.”
The American Composites Manufacturers Association participated in a roundtable discussion about the IMAGINE Act. Known as the Innovative Materials in American Growth and Infrastructure, Newly Expanded (IMAGINE) Act, the new bill is designed to promote the increased use of innovative materials like fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites, as well as new manufacturing methods to accelerate the deployment and extend the life of infrastructure projects.
Coriolis Composites has been selected by the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University (WSU), US, to provide a thermoplastics capable Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) system.
After the collapse of a drinking water pipeline in downtown Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Insituform was contracted to reline a close to 100 year old pipe underneath one of the canals. Water was restored successfully within five days, with minimal impact on traffic and the environment.