After beginning life as a traditional engineering supplier, Meteco has developed into a specialist in high-tech products with a growing emphasis on composites – both as a turnkey supplier of advanced out-of-autoclave tooling and more recently as a manufacturer of composite parts.
Meteco supplies high-quality, high-tech products, systems, and services for the mechanical engineering industry and acts as a long-term partner for its customers, taking overall responsibility for customers’ deliveries and developing innovative tailor-made, cost-efficient business models that deliver competitive products.
Meteco utilises cutting-edge technology in all aspects of its operations, from design to production and quality assurance. Integrated 3D design and manufacturing systems, combined with laser measurement technology, guarantee excellent end-product quality; while a Webbased project management system ensures that everyone receives the information, reports, and updates they need as projects progress.
Meteco solutions have been used in the design and manufacture of components and subsystems for a wide range of end-uses, including paper and pulp machines, cable extruders, renewable energy applications, such as wind power, and tooling for manufacturing composite parts.
Wind energy experts such as Moventas and Winwind rely on key components from Meteco, and its products can also be found in Metso’s paper machines and crushers. Customers for Meteco’s composite know-how include Airbus, Israel Aircraft Industries, Cytec Engineering Materials, and Patria.
Clear potential in composites
Composite manufacturing technology is a key Meteco strength today, with a particular focus on large out-of-autoclave tooling, including complete turnkey packages covering everything from initial engineering to testing. By handling the entire design and production process in-house rather than relying on outsourced engineering and tooling suppliers, Meteco can reduce delivery times and thoroughly test moulds before they are sent out to customers.
The largest infusion mould and tooling system delivered to date has been 10 meters in length with a total weight of 35 tonnes.
Following a recent revamp of manufacturing and engineering capacity, Meteco can now produce composite parts up to 18 metres in length and 3.5 metres across and weighing up to 40 tonnes in a temperature-controlled environment, and has the potential for manufacturing even larger sizes. Meteco can also now mass-produce carbon fibre parts and supply tooling in cast Invar if needed.
The latest advance made by Meteco in the composite area is its patented MetecoRock mould, launched in 2010. Manufactured from soapstone, which provides excellent stability compared to conventional epoxy alternatives, MetecoRock moulds are ideal for manufacturing prototypes and small production runs.
Composites look set to be a continuing focus of interest for Meteco, particularly in areas where they can save weight and/or energy.
|By handling the entire design and production process in-house, Meteco can reduce the time it needs to produce its composite moulds and thoroughly test them before delivery.