Instrumentation and Control

Delivering a step-change from traditional time-consuming and imperfect composite manufacture, the NCC's extensive hardware resources are available in the Automated Preforming Cell (APC): a state-of-the-art facility for automation of the bulk of the composite component manufacture. 

The APC consists of a Kuka robotic arm, automated manipulation systems for dry fibres and preform samples and cutting edge-inspection hardware.  The focus is on the drive towards Industry 4.0 featuring extensive sensors for continual adaptive process for optimised manufacture, process control, analysis and waste minimisation.

How we can help


  • Continued atmospheric data capture during manufacture
  • Data source for future adaptive manufacture process


  • Kuka robotic arm
  • PLC
  • Multi-axis pick and place end effectors

System Integration

  • Model-based systems
  • Machine vision
  • Fibre inspection

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COVID-19 update - Easter shutdown and new working pattern

The NCC is taking a break for the Easter holidays and will be completely shutdown from Good Friday (10th April), returning on Monday 20th April.

From 20th April, all NCC staff will work a 4-day week, from Mondays to Thursdays. We will be completely shut on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. We will also re-open our workshop to support customer work and the national ventilator and recovery efforts, following a message from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to the UK manufacturing sector. We will have a phased return to the workshop for some of our manufacturing team, observing special measures for social distancing. 

The majority of our staff will continue to work from home. You can get in touch with us through your usual contacts via email and phone, or please email

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We will continue to update our website and social media channels to keep you informed.