DESIGN

At ACT we offer full in-house design capabilities to suit various applications and across a multitude of CAD systems. We have the capability to take your idea from concept through prototype and into full production. We have designed all sorts of products for various industries including automotive, aerospace and retail.

Working in 2D or 3D, on Catia V5, NX or Solidworks we can bring your ideas to life. Designing in accordance with the latest IATF 16949 quality system using core tools such as DFMEA and DFM/A to ensure that your product delivers to your expectations and beyond.

Typically products we design make use of materials such as steels, aluminium, engineering plastics and composites. We have in-house moulding capabilities with a range of machines and we employ a number of process steps such as HF welding, compression moulding, cutting and sewing to fashion the finished products on assembly lines tailored to your requirements.

With many years of experience delivering bespoke products in time and within a tight budget we are ready to accept the challenge of achieving your deadlines, big or small.

We can produce prototypes using all the latest technologies and techniques to allow you to quickly get hands-on with your ideas. Machined from solid, 3D printed (SLA, SLS, FDM) and Vacuum Cast PU parts are all methods we have available from trusted partners to deliver a quick turn-around. Even aluminium extruded shapes can be produced relatively cheaply and quickly if required.

We have good connections to a wide and varied supplier base to be able to deliver a myriad of sub-components and technologies that we can put together to produce a final product in volumes from single digits right up to hundreds of thousands per annum.

We have access to advanced 3D simulation tools where we can conduct mould-flow and FEA analysis to assess the CAD models performance prior to cutting steel, which will save time and money on development. Once the parts are trialed, we use various third party test facilities to validate and certify the final design as required.

Whatever your next project is, you can count on us to deliver the best results.

INNOVATION

Innovation, in products and materials, is a core focus for the team at ACT. We regularly challenge ourselves to come up with new product ideas, new material uses and solutions to our customers’ problems. A small team meet regularly to filter ideas into a smaller number, which we take through to working concepts. Recent examples include;

  • An electric ‘self-supporting’ luggage cover
  • A soon-to-be-announced ultra-lightweight luggage cover with world-class user functionality
  • The conversion of the sustainable Trolleybags™, a successful re-usable shopping system, into a high-quality automotive branded product, an incredibly useful vehicle accessory, stored neatly in the trunk
  • Along with our partners EcoTechnilin, the application of a new material, FibriRock™, as the first bio-composite in the aircraft interiors arena. Now moulded in-house in high volume at ACT
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