Friday, September 30, 2011

News: AMRC composite centre takes shape


Construction is well underway on the new expanded home for the Composite Centre at The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing in Rotherham.

The complete steel framework is now in place for the 1,800 sq m extension to the AMRC Factory of the Future on the Advanced Manufacturing Park, with completion due in April 2012. The work is being carried out by ISG.

The new facility will allow the AMRC Composite Centre to provide a full range of design, manufacturing, assembly and structural testing services for advanced composite materials. The centre will also work with complex hybrid components and systems, which require manufacturing expertise in both composite and metallic structures.

The new Composite Centre includes a general workshop and a controlled environment with high-spec clean rooms. It will house a range of state-of-the-art design, development and processing equipment, including a filament winding machine, automated tape/tow placement robot, 5-axis machining centres, and selection of autoclaves and ovens.

On the same site, staff at the Nuclear AMRC are now preparing to move into their new building alongside the Factory of the Future. The new Knowledge Transfer Centre is also developing rapidly, with the final layers of cladding being applied.

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