News and Press Releases
16 April 2018
Rockford is developing technology solution to electrify composites for use in aircraft interiors

Rockford is partnering with Equip’Aero Technique to develop an innovative technology solution to electrify composites for use in aircraft interiors.

Rockford and Equip’Aero Technique have been working together for the past year, developing the ultimate product that could combine two completely unique processes, one from each company. Rockford’s cable assembly expertise, mixed with Equip’Aero Technique’s composite technology, has been merged to create a new potential line of products in the form of electrified composites.

With each company also offering unique processing abilities within their core industry, the electrified composite solution created from the Rockford-Equip’Aero Technique partnership is quite remarkable, and will provide a competitive advantage in terms of strength, compact design, hidden cables, reduced envelope space and versatility.

Rockford is known for cable assembly, wire harnesses and electro-mechanical systems, but also owns a woven cable technologythat is one-of-a-kind within the UK. This process develops a low-profile, incredibly strong and highly flexible complex cable assembly using a weave technology.

Rockford manager, Mike Molland, of the Salisbury facility where the weaving machine is operational, explains that there is only one other company in the UK that can weave cables, and their machine is incapable of designing the range of weaves that Rockford can manufacture. The weave can be manufactured using a range of fabric materials such as, Kevlar, Nomex, PEEK, Nylon and Polyester, which allows our customers to use smaller and lighter wires as the tensile strength is provided by the weave material.

Mike says, “Our weave is extremely flat, highly flexible and strong enough for very demanding applications, such as motorsport and defence.”

Equip’Aero Technique is a French-based composite solutions specialist, and claims that it’s time for the traditional Nomex honeycomb sandwich panel to be disrupted. Technicians there have developed a new foam sandwich solution, which allows them to build complex curved shaped composites, and thus opens up a new realm of possibilities for composite applications.

Phil Curnock of Aescom explains that Equip’Aero Technique’s new foam sandwich method of composite building is the ultimate way to create an electrified composite solution.

Phil says, “The traditional Nomex honeycomb sandwich panel gives you an unstable core and therefore limits the options for embedding things such as cables. The new foam sandwich method developed by Equip’Aero Technique will facilitate the electrification of composites”.

Together, the electrified composite solution using woven cable technology and curved foam sandwich composites has the potential to disrupt the composite industry, with its lightweight, compact results and a wealth of potential applications. Rockford and Equip’Aero Technique are partnering to develop these applications, starting with projects within the aircraft interiors niche.

For more information: www.rockford.co.uk