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Using the multi-functional Engel v-Duo 1700 tonne press, we perform R&D and demonstration activities for all high-volume automotive candidate processes: prepreg compression moulding, SMC compression moulding, thermoplastic rapid stamp forming and multi-material compression moulding.

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Recognising the key to high volume automotive composite manufacture is automation, we're equipped with an automated cutting table, robotic pick and place for automated lay-up and loading on the Engel v-Duo and the preforming line.

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With a dedicated 150 tonne preforming cell with a high level of automation and advanced material handling, the focus is on complex preforming of dry fabrics, dry NCF and pre-impregnated thermoset or thermoplastic composite materials.

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Our Hennecke Streamline system is suitable for HP-RTM with seamless integration with the Engel v-Duo press.

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We offer both mechanical and analytical materials characterisation using state of the art facilities. This characterisation capability is critical in the optimisation of manufacturing processes and is also used to provide high-quality input data for predictive CAE activities and subsequent validation of models.

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We are developing reliable process simulation capability for the key manufacturing processes: SMC compression moulding, complex preforming and resin transfer moulding.

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High Volume Automotive Composite Manufacturing

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Working with industry to develop high volume composites manufacturing processes for automotive applications.

Within our dedicated facility we transition new technologies from the laboratory through to high volume production readiness for both thermoset and thermoplastic composite components.