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9th May 2019, Bristol, RI

TxV Aero Composites complies with AS9100

TxV Aero Composites automated, high-rate forming cell converts tailored layups to finished part geometries. © TxV Aero Composites

TxV Aero Composites automated, high-rate forming cell converts tailored layups to finished part geometries. © TxV Aero Composites

TxV Aero Composites has received AS9100 and ISO 9001:2015 certification for its highly automated thermoplastic composite part manufacturing facility. The widely adopted, standardised quality management system for aerospace AS9100 is of crucial significance for suppliers to do business with aerospace manufacturers.

To achieve the certification, TxV defined all process interactions and developed QMS documentation including a quality manual, work instructions and process for maintaining records to achieve full compliance with the standard. Gaining certification means that the TxV management system complies with the highest quality standards in the aerospace industry today.

Achieving operational readiness

“Achieving operational readiness and compliance with AS9100 and ISO standards are key milestones for our growing business,” said Jonathan Sourkes, Senior Account Manager at TxV. “We have a state-of-the-art facility and an innovative process to produce hybrid overmoulded parts for commercial aerospace. The team at TxV continues to achieve operational and commercial successes for themselves and their customers.”

TxV Aero’s manufacturing processes are based on Victrex PAEK polymer, in particular Victrex AE 250 thermoplastic composites. These lightweight high-performance polymer solutions in combination with TxV´s capability to design and manufacture functional parts are expected to contribute to the aerospace industry achieving commercial build rates. “We can best serve our customers by deepening our expertise, rather than broadening it. Our dedicated focus on materials and applications will result in faster certification of parts,” continued Mr Sourkes.

Manufacturing capabilities

TxV´s highly automated manufacturing facility was designed and built for the sole purpose of manufacturing polyketone composite parts for commercial aerospace. The company´s manufacturing capabilities include automated tape laying, consolidation, forming and injection moulding under one roof. In addition, TxV also has a quality lab on site to ensure compliance to the strict quality requirements of the aerospace industry.

TxV Aero Composites came into being in early 2017 as a joint venture between Victrex, a leading supplier of PAEK and PEEK-based high-performance polymer solutions, and Tri-Mack Plastics Manufacturing Corporation. The objective was to accelerate the commercial adoption of polyketone-based composite applications throughout the aerospace industry, by leveraging the manufacture of parts utilising new and innovative processes. The US-based manufacturing facility is now operational.

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