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Dormer leads the way in composites machining

posted 14 Sep 2010, 07:46 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 14 Sep 2010, 07:49 ]
From their UK headquarters at the Advanced Manufacturing Park, in Rotherham, engineers from Dormer Tools are achieving significant advances in the field of composites machining, working with customers not just throughout the UK and Europe but all over the world to develop a variety of tooling solutions for a wide range of composite machining needs. 

Typical customers include not just leading manufacturers of commercial aircraft but also companies involved in the construction of luxury yachts and production of satellites.

Ricky Payling, Dormer’s European key account manager for aerospace and composites, has spearheaded the company’s growing reputation in this field. 

Ricky said: “The research technology centre housed at our UK headquarters has enabled Dormer to gain a unique insight into the properties and machining characteristics of composite materials, which can differ greatly from application to application.

“Consequently, our tooling solutions can be tailored to each individual application. This is where our substantial knowledge and experience of composites really counts.”

One such challenge was addressed by Dormer when they were asked to advise on a drilling application involving a wing skin assembly. Here, the customer needed to drill a stack material comprising of 10mm thick aluminium and 4mm thick carbon fibre. 

“Ordinarily”, Ricky says, “the customer would have to cut a small diameter hole first, gradually opening this out to the finished size. This not only takes time but also involves the use of several different tools.

“However, with our R790 carbide composite drill we were able to machine through-holes with no de-lamination or splintering on the carbon fibre and no exit burr on the aluminium.”

In recent weeks Dormer has showcased their expertise in aerospace and composites machining at key industry events, such as MACH 2010 and the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA). 

Dormer will also be attending the forthcoming Composites Engineering Show held at the NEC from 29-30 September 2010. Co-located with Aero Engineering 2010, this will showcase partners and suppliers supporting the UK aerospace engineering industry - the second largest in the world.