TxV Aero Composites’ automated, high-rate forming cell converts tailored layups to finished part geometries. Photo courtesy of TxV Aero Composites.

BRISTOL, R.I.—TxV Aero Composites recently reported that it has received AS9100 and ISO 9001:2015 certification for its highly automated thermoplastic composite part manufacturing facility. Meeting the requirements of these globally adopted benchmarks demonstrates a commitment to producing composite parts of the highest quality for the commercial aerospace industry.

The widely adopted, standardized quality management system for aerospace, AS9100, is of crucial significance for suppliers to do business with aerospace manufacturers. To achieve the certification, TxV defined all process interactions and developed QMS documentation, including a quality manual, work instructions, and process for maintaining records to achieve full compliance with the standard.

“Achieving operational readiness and compliance with AS9100 and ISO standards are key milestones for our growing business,” said Jonathan Sourkes, senior account manager at TxV, in a statement. “We have a state-of-the-art facility and an innovative process to produce hybrid overmolded parts for commercial aerospace. The team at TxV continues to achieve operational and commercial successes for themselves and their customers.”

TxV’s manufacturing processes are based on Victrex™ PAEK polymer, specifically Victrex AE™ 250 thermoplastic composites. These lightweight high-performance polymers, in combination with TxV’s capability to design and manufacture functional parts, are expected to contribute to the aerospace industry’s  achievement of commercial build rates.

TxV’s highly automated manufacturing facility was designed and built for the sole purpose of manufacturing polyketone composite parts for commercial aerospace. The company´s manufacturing capabilities include automated tape laying, consolidation, forming, and injection molding, all under one roof. TxV Aero Composites also has a quality lab on site to ensure compliance to the strict quality requirements of the aerospace industry.

TxV Aero Composites (www.txvaero.com) came into being in early 2017 as a joint venture between Victrex plc, a major supplier of PAEK and PEEK-based high-performance polymers, and Tri-Mack Plastics Manufacturing Corporation.

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