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Surface Generation has announced that is has opened a new research and development facility for advanced composites manufacturing at its headquarters in Rutland, UK. The new PtFS Innovation and Application Centre was opened by Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister of State for Europe and the Americas and Member of Parliament for Rutland and Melton, who commended the company’s role in “turning a small corner of Rutland into a centre of excellence for advanced manufacturing and composites research, creating high value jobs and revolutionising how cars, aeroplanes and electronic devices are built.”
A provider of advanced carbon fibre processing technologies, Surface Generation invested in the new 10,000 square foot PtFS facility, comprising a fully equipped workshop and research laboratory, with as goal to develop advanced composite processing technologies and automated production techniques.
PtFS, or Production to Functional Specifications, developed and patented by Surface Generation, is advanced manufacturing process that enables manufacturers using compression and injection moulding applications to adapt heating and cooling levels in real-time to meet the exact requirements of each part, improving both component production quality and throughput.
The opening of this facility is a major milestone for Surface Generation, said Surface Generation CEO, Ben Halford. “This new facility provides the environment we need to expand that work and apply our processes and approach to larger and more complex components.”
New technologies will also be investigated including graphene, 3D printing and nanocomposites, which have the potential to significantly improve the cost, quality and throughput of high volume composite component manufacturing.
Seven engineers and technicians will work at the facility initially, and Surface Generation plans to recruit 12 more people to its research and development team as part of its expansion plans over the next two years.