Countdown begins to South West aerospace Oscars

Sweaflogotars of Dorset’s aerospace and defence sectors are being encouraged to submit their entries for the West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF) Aerospace Ambassadors Awards, as the deadline fast approaches.

Nominations for the awards close on 9 June 2017.  Winners will be announced at a celebration dinner taking place on 28 June at Bristol Museum.

This is the first year WEAF has run the awards which are designed to celebrate individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the region’s aerospace and defence industry.

The South West has one of the largest concentrations of aerospace and defence capabilities in Europe, and is the biggest aerospace cluster in the UK worth more than £7 billion. Dorset companies represent almost 15% of the total WEAF membership, and include leading names in the aerospace industry such as Beagle Technology Group based in Christchurch which designs and manufactures metallic and composite parts and structures, as well as highly finished components.

The awards are free to enter and are open to everyone working in the sector. The six award categories are:

  • Best Aerospace Design Engineer
  • Best Young Aerospace Entrant
  • Best representative of Diversity
  • Ed Strongman Legacy Award
  • Best Aerospace Customer Service
  • Best Aerospace Media Ambassador (Short film)

The winners will be selected by an independent panel of recognised experts from across the region’s aerospace and defence industry.

Simon Young, Chief Executive of WEAF, the leading membership trade organisation for aerospace and defence companies in the South West, said: “The South West’s aerospace sector contains some of the brightest and most talented individuals in engineering today.  These awards are designed to celebrate the sector’s unsung heroes and shine a spotlight on their outstanding achievements.

“We’ve had some impressive submissions already but with less than a month to go to the entry deadline, the clock is ticking, so please don’t let talent and achievement go unrecognised – get nominating now! And if you’re in aerospace engineering and the sector, don’t miss out on an exceptional opportunity to network and celebrate – book your place at what promises to be an inspiring and uplifting evening!”

 

John Taylor - BeagleJohn Taylor, Managing Director at Beagle Technology Group and board member of Bournemouth and Poole College, said: “I know from first-hand experience the significant role that Dorset companies play – both financially and jobs wise – in the South West’s aerospace sector.  There are so many talented individuals working in Dorset’s aerospace sector, many of whom are involved in the iAero project which aims to develop the South West’s aerospace capability by improving technology, skills and supply chains. So let’s put the county firmly on the aerospace map by nominating our brightest and best aerospace stars and coming together for a great night of celebration and networking!”

Headline sponsors include Clevedon-based SKF Aerospace – which specialises in the design and manufacture of high technology self-lubricated plain bearings for aerospace and industrial applications.

Individual award sponsors include Airbus, Castlemead Insurance, Bridgwater & Taunton College, Smith and Williamson, Trowers and Hamlins LLP and Aro PR and Marketing.

To nominate someone for an award or to book your place, call WEAF on Tel: 01275 872353 or visit http://www.weaf.co.uk/

Beagle Technology Group are very proud to have raised £140 for Children in Need by encouraging staff to dress up as their favourite Disney / movie characters, bring in home-baked cakes, play games and donate!

We view Children in Need as a great cause and below are some photos that reflect the high level of effort our employees put in to the day.

DisneyCake PudseyAliceMrIPirate Minion Mickey LJediT HoodStewieDwarfSadnessBelleElsa CaptainHatter Bert Ariel A&PWoody V

 

FIASBeagle Technology Group will be exhibiting at Farnborough International Airshow 2016, from the 11th to the 15th July. If you wish to meet the team, visit stands A31/A39 in Hall 4.

Beagle Technology Group will also be running a competition that will help showcase some of their specialist capabilities and give you a hands-on introduction to a few of the skill sets used in the manufacture of components they supply.

For more information or to enquire about arranging a meeting with one of Beagle Technology Group’s attendees, please contact Holly Annetts at holly.annetts@beagletg.com or on 01202 482296.

 

The perception that prepreg technology is prohibitively expensive, requiring substantial capital investment and is reserved for high end applications is fast being dismissed with the introduction of Out of Autoclave (OoA) systems.

TenCate out of autoclave prepregs are increasingly being used across a diverse range of applications, and are designed to be cured by vacuum bagging only, eliminating the need for high pressure autoclaves. This allows more flexibility in manufacturing, requires less expensive tooling and results in significant processing energy savings.

The Beagle air intake component, developed as part of a collaboration between TenCate Advanced Composites and Beagle Technology Group, demonstrates a high end marine application of this technology, satisfying increasingly stringent aesthetic and structural market requirements in addition to providing weight savings when compared with traditional methods. Here the resin system has been combined with a diolene fabric and oven cured to produce this eye catching component whilst still offering the well documented benefits of prepreg technology over wet lay or resin infusion:

• Low void content whilst ensuring maximum strength • Controlled laminate thickness for a consistent end product • Reduced weight for improved performance and lower fuel costs • Reduced lay-up time • Reduced labour costs • Fibres can be laid in the direction of principle stress • Improved stability • Reduced vibration • Enhanced aesthetic and cosmetic appeal • A cleaner production processairintake4

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news-2Work continued this week on the flying life extension programme, with the leading edge strengthening panels being secured to both wings.

At the time of writing, riveting of the starboard side is complete, with the heads of the rivets now milled down flush.

By this time next week, we hope to be in a position to prepare for paint priming, with our painter Steve Hands on call ready to start applying the gloss surface finish.

Look out soon for a full report on what it has taken to achieve this modification from Sam Evans. He has been responsible for overseeing this vital part of the winter engineering work. Without it and your superb financial support, XH558 would by now be a static or fast taxying exhibit, rather than a living, breathing, flying machine!

Earlier this week, we released a short video showing how the complex 3D shapes were manufactured over the purpose-built moulding formers developed from the scanned images of XH558’s wings.

For further information on our involvement in the Vulcan to the Sky project visit the Vulcan to the Sky or contact Joseph Crabtree – Head Of Business Development and Marketing – joseph.crabtree@beagletg.com – +44 (0) 7887 418 848

 

For a 3rd year in a row, Beagle Technology Group will be exhibiting at this year’s Composites Engineering Show at the NEC in Birmingham from the 12th-13th November 2013. The Composites Engineering Show has grown into one of the largest and successful trade shows of its kind. The show brings together experts from OEMs and top tier organisations, to meet with supply chain partners across high-volume consumer products through to high performance advanced engineered products.

Beagle Technology Group will be showcasing their impressive capability and project diversity including those within Aerospace, Marine, and Defence. Come and visit us on Stand G150 at the NEC this year to speak with one of our expert engineers and find out how we can help your business!

For further information or to arrange a one-to-one meeting contact Joseph Crabtree – Head Of Business Development and Marketing – joseph.crabtree@beagletg.com – +44 (0) 7887 418 848

Come and visit us in Autosport Engineering – Hall 9 – Stand E640 – 10th-11th January 2013.

The UK’s Light Protected Patrol Vehicle Urgent Operational Requirement required the development of a fully composite protective crew compartment (pod) that could be integrated with the full length V-Spine chassis. General Dynamics Land Systems – Force Protection Europe turned to the skills of high tech companies in the motor racing technologies area to fulfil this requirement, one being Beagle Technology Group (BTG). The result: the British designed Foxhound Protected Patrol Vehicle that will soon be in-service with the British Army.

The challenge
Meeting the demands of this UK Ministry of Defence Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) project required Beagle Technology Group (BTG) to develop a new facility and operating practices. One of the main engineering problems for Beagle was how to automate the cutting of sizeable amounts and multiple shapes of composite material quickly, efficiently and consistently to create a repeatable and reproducible product.

A pod requires thousands of separate cut pieces made from glass fibre to create the final assembly. If hand-cut, the sheer repeatability limitations and manufacturing volumes of the process would have made this an impossible task.

The solution
BTG turned to Blackman & White (BW), with a heritage of 40 years of expertise in cutting solutions, to produce a machine that met their requirements on time, and within budget.

The companies worked closely to create the Genesis Inkjet Hybrid Cutter, now part of BW’s composite range of heavy duty cutting machines. BTG’s production targets are very high and the Genesis is needed to run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Alex White, Managing Director of Blackman and White said: “This project was quite a challenge. There was not a machine on the market that could deliver what Beagle needed. There were also the obvious time constraints – these vehicles needed to be delivered asap.”

“We wanted to be able to manufacture and supply a machine which could accurately cut and label composite parts, and could be run 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Genesis Inkjet Hybrid Cutter has achieved this.”

Comprising a 2.5m wide table with a 5m long conveyorised bed, it is able to cut and inkjet print multiple digits using complex codes, onto larger composite panels in a single frame, doing away with the limitations of the smaller cut window offered by traditional conveyorised machines. This eliminates material misalignment, ensuring high levels of cut accuracy and speed.

The heavy duty oscillating blade tooling increases the run time of the machine for efficient long term operating costs. State of the art nesting software assures nesting efficiency, processing thousands of parts and organising them into an efficient layout, minimising waste and maximising production speed.

Joseph Crabtree, BTG’s Business Manager, said: “Beagle has been performing metal bonding for over 20 years and manufacturing composites for around 10 years for companies such as Rolls Royce and BAE.

“Winning the contract to produce composite pods for Force Protection’s Foxhound armoured vehicle has enabled Beagle Composites to invest a further £500k in state of the art equipment including the Genesis Cutting Machine. The machine has proven to be fit for purpose and the after sales support and service offered by BW has enabled us to minimise downtime, and achieve our customer delivery commitments.”