Rhodes Interform has recently completed the installation and testing of a ‘world class’ composite forming facility at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in the UK.
The brief was to design, develop and manufacture a composite press that could ‘do it all’ as it would be used as a facility to assist a wide range of UK companies to stay at the leading edge of composite development.
The state of the art facility, comprising of a 10,000 kN hydraulic press with six axis loading, high pressure RTM, twin die transfer tables, thermal fluid heating system and die splitter, is capable of a wide range of composite forming including Open and Closed Moulding, Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM), Prepreg, Compression Moulding and Thermoplastics. The project attracted funding from the Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI).
Rhodes Interform worked very closely with the AMRC team throughout the design and manufacture phase of the project ensuring that the bespoke equipment was delivered both on time and to the client’s exacting specifications. Mark Ridgway OBE, CEO of Rhodes Interform, said: “This project has been a huge success as a result of great communication, teamworking and collaboration between our team and the AMRC. We are very proud to have manufactured a composite press that will be used by some of the world’s leading manufacturing companies to develop new technologies.”
AMRC Composite Centre Research Engineer, Darren Wells, said: “It was great to support UK industry to build such a unique and capable piece of equipment. This press will allow us to take on a wide and varied range of projects for many years to come.” The machine will be available for use by companies looking to develop their composite capability through Research and Development.