Mechatronic Systems

The National Composites Centre (NCC) is a global authority in developing mechatronic systems for composites manufacturing. Manual manufacture has been the traditional route to composites manufacture; lamination is considered a labour intensive process.  The mechatronic systems developed at the NCC enable repeatable, rapid and reliable production of composite parts, and ensure workflows are robust. Model based system engineering ensures robust system development and modification.  A range of position, tactile and optical sensors and actuation combined with analytics are used to develop novel solutions.  Industry 4.0 principles are implemented to reduce human interaction for improved efficiency.


Automated Preforming Cell

  • Kuka KRC4 Reconfigurable cell
  • Real time data acquisition and analytics
  • Sensorisation

Bespoke Systems

  • ABB robots
  • Beckhoff control system
  • Optical sensors
  • Information architecture

Industry 4.0 and AI

  • VR & AR
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • MBSE
  • In-process verification

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COVID-19 update

Following the Prime Minister’s Briefing on Monday 23 March where he gave clear guidance for the nation to stay at home, and in line with University of Bristol action to close down all of its buildings, the NCC has taken the decision to close both the NCC HQ and NCC Filton centres until further notice, effective from 24 March 2020. 

The vast majority of NCC staff have already been working from home, successfully holding digital meetings with our members, customers and other partners and will continue to do so. You can still get in touch with us through your usual contacts via email and phone, or please email We are in touch with our customers to discuss arrangements for our current projects.

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