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Norco GRP has opened its purpose built Advanced Composites Facility in Poole, Dorset, UK, as part of its ongoing expansion strategy.
The new building was commissioned to bring together the composites processing aspects of the business, consolidating these to a single site to allow greater focus and control.
Norco says the new centre has expertise in composites product design, materials and process engineering, manufacturing and tooling engineering, validation and material testing and can also offer engineering and FEA as part of a works package. In addition, it claims the technologies and capabilities include pre-preg, film infusion and dry fibre solutions, in a wide range of thermoset resins covering fire retardant and self-extinguishing phenolics, along with resin infusion, resin transfer moulding (light) and out of autoclave vacuum bagging along with high temperature post curing processes.
With a growing client list from the aerospace, aviation simulation, renewables and communication markets Norco says it felt it necessary to provide a single centre of excellence to serve these and emerging markets. The new facility also allows Norco to focus its efforts into the defence, automotive, transport, oil & gas, subsea and OEM markets by further developing its certification and quality programmes.
Their equipment includes two purpose-built composite curing ovens. The larger of the two being a modular oven 6m x 6m x 3m, whilst the smaller being a high temperature 6m x 3m x 2m version capable of 200°C which is regularly serving oil & gas projects and components requiring demanding in-service temperatures.
Project Manager Henry Nicholson-Cole stated “One of the fundamental factors to successful out-of-autoclave cured prepreg components is having full control of the cure parameters, so investment in very high quality ovens pays dividends in reliability and repeatability.”
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