“We use Lectra cutting machines for cutting single-stack woven materials and their marker-making for advanced nesting, which helps us lower material wastage”
GKN Aerospace is a first tier supplier to the global aviation industry, working on every major fixed and rotary-wing platform. Leaders in composite and metallic technologies, they focus equally on military and civil markets.
Supplier to the global aviation industry
As composites have become an in-demand solution for better performance and lower emissions, GKN Aerospace at Cowes needed to meet increasing demand and control costs without compromising on quality. With some composite material cutting done by hand and some using ultrasonic technology, the processes at GKN Aerospace’s Cowes site had been largely labor-intensive.
As part of their “Lean Manufacturing” program aimed at increasing sustainability and efficiency in all areas of the business - including reducing energy consumption, process time, and material waste - GKN Aerospace - Cowes turned to Lectra to take advantage of their expertise in the field, as well as their existing experience with GKN Aerospace, having accompanied the firm in their strategy and growth over the past 15 years.
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