Only the best
It is therefore logical that quality assurance is of highest importance to us here at Southern Spars. We go to great lengths to ensure that every component that leaves our factory is up to our immaculate standards.
The process of quality assurance begins before the mast is built with material testing, through production with job tracking and immaculate manufacturing techniques and finished off with ultrasound.
We measure each batch for; fibre weight, resin content, bleed, glass transition temperature, interlaminar shear strength and cured ply thickness.
Once a mast is built, we take a witness panel from each one and further test that to ensure its glass transition temperature, interlaminar shear strength and cured ply thickness meets specification and that the mast is safe for operation.
End to end tracking
These include, batch numbers of each piece of laminate used, batch numbers of every layer or patch of carbon, checks at every part of the production process, serial numbers of fittings, weights at key stages of production, photo evidence of installation of all internal parts and centre of gravity testing.
Non Destructive Testing
This method allows us to easily detect any voids and imperfections on the laminate so that we can be sure that when a mast leaves our factory, it is devoid of any imperfections and is 100% fit for purpose.
One site, we have six certified ultrasound technicians who have completed training by R-CON NDT consultants.