Advanced Composite Tooling & Components
Pentaxia offers world class advanced composite production capabilities. We are able to offer a range of approaches to our composite manufacturing, from “in autoclave” to “out of autoclave” oven curing utilising prepreg glass or carbon laminates.
We are also highly experienced in press forming composite components utilising matched-die press tooling. This ensures volume repeatability and currently we are producing pressed components for demanding Tier 1 aerospace clients. We also produce automotive OEM visual “A” quality components utilising our modern press machinery.
A duplication strategy underlines our business approach, whereby should any machinery require any unscheduled downtime or maintenance, we have the capacity to continue manufacturing, minimising disruption or possible impacts on delivery lead time. With this in mind, for advanced composites we utilise two autoclaves, two industrial ovens and three composite presses.
From an advanced composites perspective, we can offer the following resources:
Four environmentally controlled laminating rooms
- Dedicated rooms for aerospace, automotive, press preforming and restricted access rooms available
- Largest 3,600sq ft laminating room specifically built for automotive OEM (multiple work stations, full process flow)
- Kit cutting – Zund high speed cutter with full nesting software and digitiser
Four Italmatic Autoclaves (including computer controlled cooling)
- Up to 2000kg curing capability, 250 C & 10 bar
- Largest autoclave dimensions: 5000mm x 2600mm
- Full Cure traceability
Curing Ovens (out of autoclave body panel systems and post-curing capabilities)
- Votsch, 1000 x 700 x 700mm (250C), thermocouples & vac lines
- Industrial Ovens Ltd Large Oven, 2000 x 2000 x 3900mm (250C)
- Aerospace standard controller
At Pentaxia, we have developed a sound reputation for our composite tooling and component manufacturing. Whether for prototyping, short-series manufacturing or long term volume (series) production we have the proven capabilities and expertise to exceed our customer expectations.
We have the laminating resources and facilities to enable volume composite component manufacturing. Resource capability for one off’s up to 7,500 parts/year (capacity is often a key consideration for automotive OEMs). Several aerospace programmes which we currently supply in volume have ongoing and future requirements for up to twenty five years, demonstrating our long term commitments to customers.
With a highly respected machining capability (producing patterns jigs, fixtures and trimming capabilities) and proven lacquering facilities where required (approved to demanding luxury OEM requirements) we can offer our customers a genuine complete turn-key or “end to end” service for almost any composite requirements.
Strategically having all production aspects in-house, we can ensure complete control throughout the development and manufacturing phases. In turn this ensures we can deliver a high quality, cost efficient and predictable service to our customers.
Our composites team are highly experienced in advanced composite manufacturing, often with enviable levels of capability, knowledge and talent. These staff resources, twinned with market leading technology has helped us become a truly unique, fast growing UK Engineering business.