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Plastics, Composites & Rubber

With over 20 years experience within the polymer and rubber industries, we provide an integrated design and manufacturing solution through proven structural analysis and process modelling capabilities. Together, we support clients with metal replacement, seal development and production improvement projects.

Software and Consulting

As the UK & Ireland’s leading certified Moldex3D channel partner, we help companies design and manufacture high volume injection, compression and resin transfer moulded parts through combined software, consulting, training and technical support.

Shrinkage and warpage prediction during injection moulding (Courtesy: Autodesk)
Shrinkage and warpage prediction during injection moulding (Courtesy: Autodesk)

Our Ansys stress analysis software and services are regularly employed for concept development and validation in many industries that use polymer materials.

Polymer bend restrictor structural analysis (Courtesy: BMP Europe Ltd)
Polymer bend restrictor structural analysis (Courtesy: BMP Europe Ltd)
Electronics plastic housing analysis (Courtesy: Plextek)
Electronics plastic housing structural analysis (Courtesy: Plextek Ltd)

In addition to homogenous polymers, we work with clients to simulate the draping of long fibre composites and moulding of short fibre composite materials to predict orientation and density of reinforcing materials.

Fibre orientation prediction during moulding (Courtesy: Autodesk)
Fibre orientation prediction during moulding (Courtesy: Autodesk)

We can then use standard composite data and/or resultant material properties from a process model within a structural analysis using Ansys or other FEA software. This capability is supported by specialised tools that assist the detailed investigation of composite material behaviour, including progressive failure analysis.

Prediction of critical load for bifurcation buckling within composite vessel
Prediction of critical load for bifurcation buckling within composite vessel

We also have experiencing working with rubber materials with fibre reinforcement, including seals.

Hyperelastic analysis of fabric reinforced seals for offshore piles (Courtesy: Crux Products Ltd)
Hyperelastic analysis of fabric reinforced seals for offshore piles (Courtesy: Crux Products Ltd)

Indeed, we have extensive knowledge of modelling seal performance in general, including ageing and explosive decompression issues, through both simulation and desktop studies.

Seal analysis (Courtesy: Precision Polymer Engineering)
Seal analysis (Courtesy: Precision Polymer Engineering)

With our Ansys Polyflow solution, we can also work with clients to model the extrusion processes sometimes used within seal manufacture, in addition to blow-moulding of plastic packaging products. As with Moldex3D, this capability helps engineers improve product quality and increase throughput while reducing tooling costs.

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Complex PVC extrusion die (Courtesy: ANSYS)

We are a training supplier to the First Polymer Training SkillNet.

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Clients

We have worked with over 110 companies and universities specialising in Plastics, Composite and Rubber materials, including:

ALSTOM Grid | Aviation Enterprises Ltd | BMP Europe Ltd | BNL UK | Boots Manufacturing | Denroy Plastics
Depuy Synthes | Distrupol | Dudley Industries | Flambeau | Invibio | Materialise Uk | Mergon
Morgan Advanced Materials | Owen Mumford | Precision Moulds & Tools Services Ltd | Robinson Plastic Packaging
Schrader Electronics | SMR Automotive | TE Connectivity | Trend Technologies | Ultra Polymers

How Can We Help?

For more information or to arrange an informal, no-obligation discussion on your requirements, please complete the form opposite or contact us below.

From an initial phone call we can often give you an idea of price and time scales.

With subsequent details, we can then send you some solution ideas, scopes of work and a formal quotation.

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