Reducing operating costs and all forms of waste through innovative manufacturing processes is the aim of Velocity Composites. In return this helps the company meet their customers global challenges of new aircraft programs, increased aircraft production rates, and cost challenges associated with aircraft. To achieve this goal, they have been supported by latest digital cutting technology from Zünd.
Having used equipment from other suppliers Velocity Composites purchased their first Zund cutter in 2011 for their aerospace composites kit manufacturing department. Today, the company has a total of twelve Zund G3 digital cutters across their Burnley and Fareham state-of-the-art production sites. Jon Bridges, Chief Executive Officer of Velocity Composites said “We first spoke to Zund ten years ago and we were very impressed with the flexibility and endless digital opportunities the cutter offered. As a high-end service provider in a very regulated industry, business, flexibility is very important to us because we don’t just cut a limited number of known products.
Our customers expect us to be flexible and process various composite materials, depending on the parts being manufactured and the end-use”. Jon added- “The Zund G3 proved to be very adaptable, and the versatile tools could process various materials with ease. We were also impressed with Zund’s approach to software flexibility as we have developed our own system to drive the machines, manage material efficiency and control the technical requirements of our products.
The Zund cutter is a very important junction to our manufacturing process as it both receives and creates valuable process data which we can use to control, report, and improve”.