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CST Going Green!!!

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CST GOING GREEN!!!

Not literally the colour green but new solar panels are planned on being installed at our factory at Ingleburn in the coming weeks. A whopping 274 panels are being installed onto the factory roof, providing 80% of the energy needed to run the entire factory and all our machines. Whilst the panels are coming, this video created in Solid Works shows off the shadowing effect as the sun moves through the sky.

Stay tuned until the actual panels arrive!

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Flashback Friday

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Today we are blowing out the cobwebs and looking back to 2010 when we made the most highly loaded tube in CST history. Transitioning the 95,000 kg working loads into the laminate made it an extremely complex tube to engineer as well as manufacture. We had to ensure that the safety factors were sufficient which resulted in the laminate thickness in some areas exceeding 75mm. Many new production processes were developed for this project, ranging from thick laminate curing to incorporating the metal threaded ends during the winding. This was a great milestone in CST history.

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Australian Global Supply Chain Integration Award

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CST was proud to receive the GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN INTEGRATION AWARD at the Endeavour awards last night in Melbourne. We were in good company as we were able to edge out other finalists such as Boeing and BOC. The award is recognition of our success at being able to tap into global supply chains with innovative and cost competitive components while still being based out of Australia. Chis Dixon, CST’s GM was on hand to accept the award.

Posted by CST Composites on Thursday, 12 July 2018

 

Precision Moth Boom Cutting

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Our recently built, in house 3D router now allows CST to perform more accurate cutting and trimming of components and tubes. The possibilities are endless with this type of machinery on the factory floor. With a reduction of labour costs of up to 80% on some parts it allows CST manufacturing to continue to compete with China while still be based in Australia.

Australian Made, Australian Owned!

Rowing Oars Break Test

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CST composites has been supplying rowing oar shafts for Jac Oars since 2007,  however we have recently undertaken more development work in order to compare CST’s filament wound tubes versus opposition fabric wrapped tubes.

A number of “cantilevered” tests was performed on both opposition and CST shafts where both deflection data and breaking loads were recorded.

The data was conclusive, it showed CST filament wound shafts to have a 25% higher ultimate load while being 11% lighter.

The secret to superiority of filament wound products lies in its high fibre to resin ratio, uncrimped fibre paths and accuracy of our computer controlled process.