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Meeting Next-Gen Consumer Demands

Suppliers, fabricators set the stage for greater use of composites in consumer electronics. Several years ago, the consumer electronics market seemed ripe for opportunity for composites companies, says Ben Halford, CEO of Surface Generation, a United Kingdom-based provider of technology to help optimize the use of advanced composite materials. Numerous suppliers and fabricators were exploring […]

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Pixelated Temperature Control

Surface Generation Ltd. (Oakham, UK) has developed technology that combines hardware and software to provide a ‘digital molding environment’ where precise thermal management enables massive reductions in energy consumption, cycle time and processing pressures. Termed PtFS, for Production to Functional Specification, this technology enables ‘pixelated’ temperature control up to 1,000°C and improved processing of even […]

An Intelligent Environment

Originally developed in 2008 to process continuously reinforced thermoset carbon fibre composites, Surface Generation now offers its ground breaking PtFS (Production to Functional Specifications) technology to speed up, reduce energy consumption and increase yields for manufactures of complex plastic, metal, ceramic and glass components.  With Aerospace, Automotive and Consumer Electronics applications, today PtFS is used […]

Finalists Plastics Industry Awards 2015

Surface Generation has been shortlisted as a finalist in this years prestigious UK Plastics Industry Awards ‘Best Technology Application of the Year’ category.  Sponsored by PDM Events Plastics 2016, the company’s groundbreaking PtFS processing technology has been selected for its ability to mould thin walled components (at significantly lower pressures then traditional injection moulding) to compete with innovations from […]

Surface Generation featured in TTP’s Inside:Technology

Surface Generations’ CEO Ben Halford was recently interviewed by Alex Stewart for the latest issue of The Technology Partnership’s (TTP) Inside:Technology review. This unique publication gives insights into emerging high technology companies from across the UK in sectors as diverse as communications, energy, biotech, medical, materials and manufacturing.  In this issue Surface Generation featured along side Flexible Cambridge, Ampium, Econic Technologies, Iceotope, Rapid Biosensor […]

Precise temperature control process allows improved finish and control for injection moulders

A UK-based company that develops processing technologies for advanced materials says it has made a breakthrough in adapting its products for use with injection moulding. Surface Generation, based in Rutland, Leicestershire, says its ‘Production to Functional Specifications’ (PtFS) process, which uses a range of active thermal management technologies to control temperatures to exact requirements of […]

Composites Manufacturing

Composites give people the form and function they want

Surface Generation Ltd., a technology start-up based in the United Kingdom, has been investing in the consumer electronics market for the past three years. Rather than commit to one solution, the company designs and manufactures equipment to make products using composites, advanced plastics, metals and glass. CEO Ben Halford believes high-performance composites ultimately will win […]

Surface Generation licenses technology to TenCate

IHI to make aero engine parts with Surface Generation technology

Surface Generation (Rutland, U.K.), a provider of advanced composite processing technologies, announced on April 10 that major engineering firm IHI Corp. (Tokyo, Japan), will use Surface Generation’s Production to Functional Specifications (PtFS) process to create lightweight jet engine parts for a major next-generation, single-aisle commercial aircraft program. IHI has signed a five year, multi-million pound […]