AMRC Experts Help Bentley in Weight Reduction

August 28 2017

The Composite Centre at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) is installing a unique, high pressure press as part of a project to help luxury car manufacturer Bentley reduce weight and greenhouse gas emissions.

The AMRC is working with Bentley, Sigmatex, Expert Tooling & Automation, Granta Design, Cranfield University and Wakefield-based production equipment specialist Group Rhodes as part of the Lightweighting Excellence (LX) program, backed by the Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative.
In order to capitalize on weight-savings offered by carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), the process strategy must be redefined.

The AMRC will turn the optimized preforms of composite material into finished components in a new composite press. As part of the LX program, the press will be completed by the development of an automated robotic cell by the AMRC and Expert Tooling & Automation. The cell will be used alongside the press for further industrial research into carbon fiber weaving and robotic placement technology used to make the preforms of composite material.

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