- HomeGet Started
- Car Mats
- Case Studies
- About Us
- Latest NewsOur Thoughts
- Contact UsWe’re Waiting
Solvay hosted the unveiling of their automated Double Diaphragm Forming (DDF) demonstrator composite production line in Heanor Derbyshire. This is of major interest to the whole composites industry as shown by the fact that over 150 visitors came from the USA, Asia and Europe.
The DDF demonstrator line is the first time a line takes carbon fibre pre-preg directly from the roll and produces moulded components with a TAKT time of just three minutes, this means that every 3 minutes a new moulded component is produced by the line. The line is completely automated.
Solvay has partnered the development with Assyst Bullmer and Gudel. Assyst Bullmer has supplied the roll feed, ply cutter and robotic integration.
The fact is, making parts from composite materials is currently “an essentially manual process, which is fine for low volumes,” explains Richard Hollis, Applications Engineering Operations Lead at Solvay’s Composite Materials. “But we want to support the large-scale adoption of composite materials to help automotive and aerospace OEMs face higher build rates and cost pressure.”
In effect, Solvay is actively anticipating market demand for increased manufacturing volumes of composite parts. In fact, with DDF, the production time of just three minutes, from raw material to finished and ready-to-use part, amounts to over 100,000 parts per year, thanks to continuous production as the robots can work simultaneously.
These are the sorts of figures that can open the way for the industrialisation of composite part manufacturing. “DDF is a Solvay technology that was already used commercially by BMW a few years ago,” explained Richard Hollis. “And we’ve seen a lot of interest over the last 12 months from OEMs in the automotive sector initially, but aerospace is definitely interested in applying new technologies and best practices to increase their build rates as well.”
Bullmer welcomed over 40 companies from around the world to their Innovation Days. Countries included Mexico, China, Tunisia, Vietnam, India, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Portugal.
Assyst Bullmer were delighted to be awarded the Innovation Partner trophy by Gan Tian R&D Director and Marc Hasler Managing Director. Bullmer cutters can bring unique benefits to companies wanting to link their cutters to robots (especially in composites), cut product directly from web shop orders (widely used in the production of car mats) or use a cutter to cut leather, pattern matched and plain fabric on the same machine (useful in upholstery where product mix constantly changes).
We are delighted that the innovations Assyst Bullmer have implemented at customers in the UK and Ireland have resulted in this award.
We are delighted that Assyst Bullmer has been awarded the title Employer of the Year in the fsb competition for Yorkshire.
There was fierce competition for the title from companies throughout Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Geoff Ward, Alison Agnew and Philip Marsden attended the awards lunch in Huddersfield.
Assyst Bullmer are celebrating 30 years in business in the UK this month. The last 30 years have seen radical changes in our technology and the markets we serve, so it is even more remarkable that we have seen strong continuity in some aspects of our business.
Our first customer, Lambton Tailoring, ( http://www.lambtontailoring.co.uk/) is still thriving with our technology 30 years later.
Two of our founding staff, Philip Marsden and Alison Agnew, are also still with Assyst Bullmer. The experience of all of our staff is a key differentiator for Assyst Bullmer and Phil and Alison are two excellent examples of this.
We are looking forward to the next 30 years.
Assyst Bullmer will be at the Advanced Engineering Show at Birmingham’s NEC, November 1st and 2nd. We will be on Stand J110 and will be launching a new range of laser projection systems at the Show.
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