Wednesday, June 19, 2013

News: MTL unveil SMARTbend armour plating


Rotherham manufacturing specialist, MTL Group, is launching a new technology called SMARTbend.

MTL Group is one of Europe's fastest growing project manufacturing specialists in the metal sector and is a global exporter of secondary steelwork. It works with a global blue-chip customer base in the defence, construction equipment, rail and off-shore wind energy sectors.

The Brinsworth firm stocks and processes in excess of 10,000 tonnes of quenched and tempered steels per year, and is one of the largest stockists and suppliers of armour plate in Europe. They also specialise in blast floors and ballistic armour.

The latest technology has been developed to give armoured vehicle manufacturers a lower cost cold formed solution as an alternative to hot formed armour.

Due to the nature of SMARTbend, no heat is introduced into the material so the original mechanical properties of the steel are maintained unlike other processes that rely on heat and expensive, bespoke tooling to bend this type of material.

In addition to developing new technologies, MTL also offer a specialist added value engineering service for the defence sector where a dedicated team at MTL come together at the design stages, to review the customer's design and look at alternative processing methods to reduce weight, cost and increase the protection levels.

Simon Hurst, sales manager for defence at MTL Group, said: "Our customers are always challenging us to offer new options for their current vehicle protection systems. We work with them to manufacture an armoured structure in fewer pieces giving a stronger, lighter and more cost effective product together with increased protection levels to the end user."

MTL uses state of the art equipment at their 300,000 sq ft modern manufacturing facility, including the world's largest robot press and robot welding to ensure consistent quality and volume achievement.

MTL handles multimillion pound contracts exporting to more than 40 countries worldwide. Major customers include BAE Systems, Rheinmetall, and General Dynamics, working in close partnership to produce critical parts for military applications.

Hurst added: "It is an exciting and busy time for MTL Group at the moment with more customers bringing their challenges to the table ranging from hull optimisation projects to weight and cost reduction programmes and they are seeing excellent results."

SMARTbend is being launched today at DVD at Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedfordshire, an important stakeholder event that brings together industry and Defence in the land equipment sector to develop ideas and generate greater understanding of technologies, capabilities and requirements.

MTL Group website

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