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Interzum Cologne 2015


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.

Affordable Tidal Turbines via Optimised Manufacture (ATTOM)

Composites UK

Official Trade Association for the Composites Industry

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

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.

Composites Engineering 2014

Assyst Bullmer will be exhibiting at the Composites Engineering Show at the NEC in Birmingham 11th and 12th November 2014

AMSCI funding approved for the Composites Innovation Cluster

The Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative has been set up by UK Government to help existing UK supply chains grow and achieve world class standards while encouraging major new suppliers to come and manufacture in England.

The Composites Innovation Cluster has been awarded over £11M from the initiative as part of AMSCI Round 2.  The Composites Innovation Cluster (CiC) will deliver 13 integrated capability projects across 25 partners from Q1’13 and will aim to deliver a holistic supply chain model which will extend throughout the composites community

The CiC Project is led by the new Cytec Industrial Materials (Heanor, UK), partnered by Axillium and Composites UK in response to the demand signals of all UK industry sectors. This underlines Cytec’s commitment to the UK’s advanced manufacturing sector and economy. The CiC brings Academics, Suppliers, & Primes together with the endorsement of the National Composites Centre. The aim is to support the delivery of a nationally connected network of composite knowledge and technology providers to address the market failures facing composites for high value manufacturing applications in the UK. Under the leadership of the partners, the collaborative cluster project will be delivered by materials specialists, manufacturing & process businesses, and tooling & systems providers, all working with academic support from experts in the field.

Assyst Bullmer is a partner of Cytec Industrial Materials in 2 of the projects within the CiC

£22M of joint funding from AMSCI & Industry will support the creation and safeguarding of over 200 jobs and create £190M growth by addressing market failures which challenge the wider adoption of Composites in the UK markets.

2013 Shows

1. Assyst Bullmer will be exhibiting at Interzum, the Upholstery exhibition in Dusseldorf, 13-16 May 2013

 

2. Assyst Bullmer will be exhibiting at this years Texprocess in Frankfurt, 10-13 June 2013

 

3. Assyst Bullmer will be exhibiting at the Fespa exhibition in London, 25-29 June 2013

 

4. Assyst Bullmer will be exhibiting at the Composites Engineering Show at the NEC, 12-13 November 2013

 

Composite ply cutters from Assyst Bullmer are in use in all aspects of carbon fibre composite cutting. Our UK customers include some of the biggest aerospace and automotive companies, F1 teams and smaller composite workshops, cutting pre-preg, dry carbon, glass, Kevlar etc. Our cutters can cut single ply straight from the roll or multi-ply, are built in Germany and are renowned for their precision and low running costs.
We also supply everything to make the ply cutter productive:
– CAD software for optimum nesting and cost control
– Robotic takeoff of cut components
– Laser ply alignment and identification (for those without a robot!)
– Automated composite feeding to allow cutting straight off the roll
– automated film removal
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