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6th March 2017, Bristol

Loop Technology joins NCC as new Associate Member

A solution to handle more than five hundred different product variants, weighing 6kg-23kg, and stacked in one of six predetermined stacking patterns, in a form of an integrated robot cell, comprising of a custom flipping stage; Kuka robot with custom adjusting end effector; and two pallet bays for uninterrupted operation. © Loop TechnologyThe National Composites Centre (NCC) has welcomed Loop Technology, a leading specialist in state of the art industrial automation technology, as the latest Associate Member. Loop Technology brings extensive expertise in the provision of advanced automation systems with a particular focus on composites manufacturing. According to NCC, this partnership will see the building and launch of the state-of-the-art Automated Preforming Cell, further developing cutting-edge composite related automation systems.

“We recognise the importance of automation and manufacturing informatics in the future of composites manufacturing, and its role in helping our customers to be competitive which drives everything that we do here at the National Composites Centre,” commented Alison Starr, Executive Director of Strategy and Business Development at the NCC.

“The addition of companies like Loop Technology to our Associate membership portfolio is vital in the development of digital manufacturing for composites. They have had significant involvement in the establishment of our new Preforming Cell, which will be open and ready for industry use in summer this year.”

Advanced automation

The NCC currently has over 40 Members from a wide variety of sectors including, aerospace, automotive, renewables, oil and gas, transport, security and defence. Loop Technology joins the Associate membership community alongside a number of other engineering, software and materials providers. The NCC Associate membership offers wide-ranging services to suit the varied needs of Members and the composites industry.

Loop Technology’s core focus is in advanced automation and how this is applied to composites manufacturing.  As a result of the rapid growth in composites automation across multi-sector industries its focus on automation in composites manufacturing has seen it work with some of the biggest names in the aerospace industry.

“We’ve joined the NCC because advanced composites manufacturing is our passion and the NCC, being a centre of excellence, provides Loop Technology with the perfect platform to build valuable partnerships and further continue to provide advanced technological solutions to a wide network of like-minded businesses working in composite manufacturing,” said Alun Reece, Technical Director of Loop Technology.

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