The automation team at the NCC look after all aspects of automating composite manufacturing processes. Technologies used and improved range from mature technologies such as automated fibre placement through to the development of new technologies such automated preforming.

A team of technicians and research engineers develop bespoke solutions tailored to meet the precise requirements of clients, whether this is a mechanical automated solution or an optimised process based upon material development.

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Automated deposition

A wide range of innovative deposition technologies available to customers to ensure the correct fibre deposition technology can be proven prior to installation at their site.

High Volume Manufacture

For customers requiring rapid part manufacture, the NCC provides a variety of presses and ancillaries to enable the development of optimal processing of medium to large parts in thermoplastic and snap cure thermosets.

3D textiles

Preform integration, through-thickness reinforcement and multiaxial fabrics provide flexible solutions for design and assembly.  Access to advanced textile capability and knowledge.

Mechatronic systems

Design and development of bespoke systems to ensure the process requirements needed to develop complex integrated automation of composite manufacture.

Computer-aided manufacture

Off-line programming of machine motion and material deposition. Simulation of cutting, deposition, robot movement to ensure quality and clash prevention.

Instrumentation and control

Automation of composite component manufacture. Kuka robotic arm, automated manipulation and inspection hardware. Industry 4.0 principles. Sensors for continual adaptive manufacture, and waste minimisation.

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