CCP Gransden Ltd recently unveiled an advanced single-stage overmoulded CF-PEEK thermoplastic composite access panel for aerospace applications; manufactured in a fully automated environment within 3 minutes. The manufacturing method presents numerous advantages over traditional options.
CCP Gransden is an industry-leading provider of advanced composites design and manufacturing solutions for the defence sector.
The company engineers cutting-edge performance improvements for military clients using high-quality, robust, composite materials.
Continuous fibre thermoplastic composites for the defence sector
CCP Gransden has extensive knowledge and experience using continuous fibre thermoplastic composites, including high-performance polymers such as polyether ether ketone (PEEK), polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), polyetherimide (PEI), and polyamides.
The company has the ability to quickly and reliably deliver these solutions in high volume (approximately 100,000 parts a year) and with fast cycle times.
Advanced automated manufacturing cell for military applications
CCP Gransden operates a fully automated cell with a press for high-volume production. This sophisticated machinery offers rapid tool changing and full automation, also ensuring enhanced traceability and data capture.
Single-stage overmoulding of thermoplastic composites
As one of the first companies to pursue developments in single-stage overmoulding, CCP Gransden has gained extensive experience at the forefront of this process.
During this process, injection moulding and continuous fibre thermoplastic laminates are combined in a specific single process. This offers benefits through part reduction, incorporation of ribs, and net-formed components.
In-press snap cure thermoset composites for the defence industry
CCP Gransden offers a range of in-press snap cure thermoset composites. Processes include SMC, HPRTM, and snap cure prepregs.
Robotic 7-axis filament winding
Our manufacturing facility has an advanced MF Tech 7-axis robotic fibre placement filament winding cell that supports filament wound components through a wet winding and towpreg process.
It features a part size of up to 4m in length and 1m in diameter, symmetrical or asymmetrical cross-sections, linear or non-linear sweeps, full control over part wall thickness, full control over fibre angles, including unidirectional in-the-load axis, low cycle times, and multiple material configurations.
A key benefit includes the components and assemblies being extremely light and stiff. There are various options for assembly of filament wound components, including metallic or composite insert joints, adhesive bonding, or metallic fasteners.
In addition to structural tubing components, the winder can fabricate type 3, type 4, and type 5 filament wound high-pressure vessels, excellent for a number of applications, including high-pressure hydrogen fuel tanks, rocket propulsion systems, and gas storage.
Advanced in-house composite manufacturing processes
CCP Gransden has a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that offers one of the UK’s widest selections of advanced in-house composite manufacturing processes. Zund Fabric cutter, Belotti 5 axis CNC, Flow Waterjet cutter, fully equipped paint room, specialist assembly line, and precise Roamer Arm inspection support our main equipment.
For engineering and project management, we use the latest 3D Experience Platform (CATIA V6) and process simulation with full traceability and programmed Naveksa operations system. Operations have multiple accreditations, including ADS SC21 Bronze and AS9100. Driving all our projects are a reliable and committed operations team with a demonstrated history of high-quality workmanship.
We invest in the latest advanced technologies to meet and exceed the various challenging requirements of our multi-sector clients. Substantial in-house capability is combined with experienced operators and a skilled engineering team, ensuring we can reliably support exclusive projects the entire way through from concept to commercialisation.
About CCP Gransden
CCP Gransden has been in business since 1894 (over 125 years), evolving from a shipbuilding and repair company into a developer and manufacturer of advanced composites across high-value manufacturing sectors such as aerospace, transportation, security, and defence.
The company is actively engaged with a range of high-value manufacturing research centres and plays a leading role in a range of exclusive research and development projects.
With a long and successful history of participating in UK Government and EU funded projects, CCP Gransden is a proactive member of ADS (The UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space trade organisation), as well as Composites UK.
Following collaboration with Thales, CCP Gransden is currently manufacturing the sophisticated next-generation Thales Starstreak canisters and optical casings. Among other projects, CCP Gransden is a core member of the Project Tucana consortium, which has recently received over £35m from the Advanced Propulsion Centre (UK Government body). Relatedly, CCP Gransden contributes to the development of lightweight automotive body structures, which will be employed in future Jaguar Land Rover electric vehicles.
Our extensive expertise in advanced composites, combined with our proven track record, means CCP Gransden is in a respected market position.
CCP Gransden has satisfied all the requirements to become fully registered on the JOSCAR supplier accreditation register, as set out by ADS and participating buying organisations.
CCP Gransden’s recently had two entries for the Composites UK Awards shortlisted. Moreover, both awards were shortlisted down to the final two entries.
CCP Gransden is developing technologies for future electric vehicles with advanced lightweight composite research that will help deliver longer zero-emissions range, greater performance, and a more dynamic driving experience.
“Production of the complex STARStreak canister [has] boosted CCP Gransden’s reputation in the manufacturing sector”. CCP Gransden’s collaboration with Thales has been featured on page 27 of the ‘Economic Impact of Thales in Northern Ireland’ report by Oxford Economics.
CCP Gransden has recently been approved for the SC21 Competitiveness and Growth Programme. CCP Gransden delivers performance improvements through advanced composites, which provide key advantages over traditional materials.