Advanced composite materials and processes are crucial to support the aerospace and defence industry and, as improvements in new technologies and products emerge, this presents new opportunities and challenges that mean manufacturers are having to innovate and adapt more than ever before.
Customers demand cost effective solutions within a highly competitive environment and as product designs become increasingly complex, so does the need to find the right materials, processes, and tooling to bring these bespoke designs to life.
Safety is always the number one priority when operating in the aerospace or defence sector, but is only part of the story. Processes have to be agile to meet aggressive customer launch dates and real time feedback is needed to ensure design and “design for manufacture” is optimised.
Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (MADG) – Advanced Composites is ensuring it’s fit for 2021 and beyond through a programme of continuous improvement and supported by significant ongoing investment in both its people and processes.
The company’s dedicated Research and Development teams constantly assess new materials and processing techniques, ensuring it can remain at the forefront of Composite technologies and deliver its customers safe, effective, cost effective and high performing products.
Carl Morse, General Manager of MADG Advanced Composites comments:
“Our investment in our people, technology and processes has allowed us to become an extremely agile and flexible team who can change requirements from concept to the point of delivery. We restructured during 2020, embedding our manufacturing cells with multi-disciplined teams including quality, engineering and process engineering. These teams are fully empowered to make decisions dynamically, which creates a better collaborative working environment and improves customer quality and deliveries.”
MADG has invested significantly in reviewing many of its key processes and value streams, achieving a 10% improvement in productivity to date through its‘ One Marshall Continuous improvement Programme’ (OM-CI), which aligns to the approach used by the World Class Manufacturing Association.