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The ATTOM project at Solvay is approaching its conclusion. The partners in the project are Solvay Cytec, AEL Airborne, Assyst Bullmer and Gudel.
The project was to develop an automated method of producing tidal turbine blades from composite material. The project has achieved some remarkable improvements and the problems solved are generating interest from other areas of composite production such aeroplane components and automotive manufacture. See this development at:
Assyst Bullmer will be exhibiting at the Advanced Engineering Exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham November 2nd & 3rd.
We will be exhibiting with LAPlasers whose products have seen strong demand in the UK in 2015.
3 new staff have joined the team at Assyst Bullmer to look after our growing numbers of customers. Joe Rudram and Aiden White have joined us as Field Service Engineers and Debbie Rothera has joined us as Office Administrator.
Assyst Bullmer have filed accounts for 2014 at Companies House. Revenues were at a record high and grew by 29% compared with 2013, with particularly strong growth in sales of automatic cutters and 3D design software
Strong demand for Assyst Bullmer’s automatic cutters means we need a Field Service Engineer to join our team.
The job includes installation of new cutters and spreaders at customer sites, service and maintenance work.
Experience of field service of sophisticated machinery with a background of electronics/electrical engineering is essential.
The position involves extensive travel to customer sites, mainly in the UK.
A competitive salary, company car, benefits package and training are provided together with the chance to join this successful, friendly company
To apply email firstname.lastname@example.org
Assyst Bullmer’s growth, increase in new customers and recruitment of extra staff have resulted in us doubling the size of our offices at the beginning of January 2015. Staying on the same Wakefield 41 Business Park we have made the short 100metre journey to Unit 6B to prestigious new offices.
In Unit 6B we are able to train twice as many customers on our leading CAD software and house our enlarged workshop and R&D centre to accommodate the new developments for the Composites Innovation Cluster.
Our postcode remains WF2 0XJ and our phone number is unchanged. Our new address is Assyst Bullmer Ltd, Unit 6B, Wakefield 41 Business Park, WF2 0XJ
Assyst Bullmer will be attending the Sign & Digital Show at the NEC 24th -26th March on stand K30
Assyst Bullmer will be exhibiting at the Interzum 5th-8th May 2015.
This is the main upholstery show and we will be exhibiting with Topcut Bullmer.
Lead partner: Cytec
Other partners: AEL, Assyst Bullmer and Gudel
The aim of this project is to develop and demonstrate a significant reduction in the cost of selected composite element(s) in a tidal turbine blade through (a) Optimised component design (probably a single-piece spar) (b) Evaluation of current manufacturing processes and (c) Development of bespoke ‘automated’ solutions for the manipulation of large, unwieldy prepreg plies. At the end of the project we expect to demonstrate and show advances on the state-of-art through the cutting, picking, placing and forming of prepreg materials.
As on date, we have achieved the following:
– Reduce waste and consequently the production costs by optimization of the nest.
– A comparison study of 600 vs 1200 mm wide UD that shows 1200 mm wide UD to be cost effective as compared to 600 mm.
– Optimum method of ply stacking/drawer optimisation for storing cut plies.
The next step to take this work further is to develop specifications of equipment needed to automate the process of cutting, picking and placing in storage and storage solution.
ATTOM will develop affordable tidal turbines via optimised manufacture. It is vital for all renewable energy projects that efforts are made to reduce costs, as renewable energy is still significantly more expensive than conventional non-green sources. In the area of composite blades for tidal turbines, many recent advances have been made in material formats, reducing cost by developing cheaper and better performing materials.
2014 will see the start of series-production of tidal turbine installations with rapid growth forecasted. In order to ensure that the supply chain is ready for this growth, the ATTOM project proposes investigate the potential for automation or improved materials handling methods as a further route to cost reduction, alongside factors that may affect production line layout and the possible solutions to specific quality control problems.
ATTOM will contribute to developing a UK-based supply chain that can produce tidal turbine blades at 20% reduction in cost through the use of automated/mechanised lamination techniques and improved design. It will demonstrate this by designing and manufacturing selected mouldings for automated/mechanised production methods, thus proving the potential for job creation by creating 70 jobs within the life of the project.