Sigma invests in composites technology

11 Nov 2014 Published by

Sigma Composites – part of Sigma Components – has invested £50,000 in a braiding machine to take its composites business to the next level.

The move is part of an ongoing programme of investments across Sigma’s businesses that has already seen it develop components for high-performance industries with capabilities not previously available, as well as bringing key capabilities in house.

Steve Barbour, Managing Director at Sigma Composites, said: “The new braiding machine will enable us to braid both single and combinations of materials to offer new components with enhanced performance characteristics.

“For example, both thermoset and thermoplastic materials can be braided to create strong yet light structures such as leak-tight pipes. We are also exploring adding functionality such as condition monitoring and electrical conductivity into the braiding process.

“This opens up a world of potential for original equipment manufacturers, allowing us to re-think traditional designs for components used in industries as diverse as aerospace, automotive and energy, as well as allowing us to add value by automating production.”

The composite braiding machine is already being used for Sigma’s revolutionary new COMPipe product – a composite pipe for aero-engines that offers weight savings of over 50% compared to traditional materials and is being developed as part of the EU-funded CleanSky programme.