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Delastek Inc., of Grand-Mère, Quebec, specializing in the manufacture of composite structural aircraft and helicopter parts, reports a 5 percent reduction in composite material cost since installing a Virtek® LaserEdge™ laser templating system and GERBERcutter® DCS2500 computer-controlled composite cutting system.
The company manufactures the integrated internal cockpit for Quebec-based Bombardier Aerospace’s CSeries medium-range jet airliners. Delastek’s customers include Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier II aerospace suppliers, among others.
Claude Lessard, president of Delastek, said, “We have invested heavily in systems which are compatible with that of Bombardier, because we must work together on the aircraft’s electronic model.”
Delastek’s project manager, Mathieu Doucet, said, “Automation has enabled us to significantly reduce our material expenses and ensure our product quality so we provide the highest components to our customers at a competitive price. These technologies are a central part of our plan to both increase our composite manufacturing capacity and expand our capabilities. The Gerber and Virtek teams brought us a suite of technology solutions that we couldn’t find from any other single supplier in the market.”
The GERBERcutter DCS2500 system is a high-speed, static cutting system designed to cut single to low plies of composite materials with precision. It cuts to within millimeters at speeds up to 1.1 meters per second. It also maximizes material utilization by eliminating buffer between parts required when cutting manually.
The Virtek LaserEdge system is a three-dimensional laser templating and positioning system that eliminates the need for physical templates, reduces costly rejects and saves set-up time. It projects a laser template onto molds to quickly and accurately guide operators through the ply layup process.
Todd Rhodes, president of Virtek, said, “Delastek is the epitome of how a small- to medium-size company can employ advanced technology to enable them to provide the highest quality products to some of the world’s biggest aerospace companies. We are proud to be their partner and provide them with a suite of solutions to address their automation needs.”
Founded in 1984, Delastek is an AS9100-certified company that operates in two facilities in Quebec – an 88,000-square-foot facility in Grand-Mère and another in Valcourt. The company specializes in the development and assembly of value-added composite products and electromechanical and electronic parts for the aerospace and transportation sectors. These products are used in the manufacture of, among other things, control systems for trains, dashboards, aircraft air ducts and control stick assemblies for helicopters.
About Virtek Vision
Virtek Vision International Inc. provides high-precision, laser-based kitting, templating and inspection solutions for composite processing. The company serves the world’s top 10 aerospace companies, among others. It is owned by Gerber Technology of Tolland, Connecticut, USA.
About Gerber Technology
For more than four decades, Gerber Technology has been the world leader in providing sophisticated hardware and software systems to automate and more effectively manage the product design and manufacturing process. We serve 25,000 customers, including more than 100 Fortune 500 companies, in the aerospace, apparel, retail, composites, packaging, furniture, technical textiles and transportation interiors industries in 130 countries. Our products help users move faster, at less cost and with the highest quality.
Based in Connecticut, USA, Gerber Technology is owned by Vector Capitol, a San Francisco-based, global private equity firm specializing in the technology sector that manages more than $1 billion of equity capital.