We manufacture suspension crew seats that are fitted to sea search & rescue boats. The seats are designed to dampen the motion of the boat over all sea conditions, which include extreme crashing waves. The improved stability from the seats ensures that the rescue crew have better visibility and can track objects out of the windows with ease whilst moving quickly over rough seas.
The critical communication and operational equipment for the boat are mounted on the armrests so that the controls move with the motion of the seat. This ensures that all buttons/controls are in the same place every time relative to the operator.
The carbon bucket seat is a custom designed part that fits the requirements of the boat/operator, including the bespoke equipment armrests, slider tubes and footrest. The carbon bucket seat provides a lightweight solution compared to a fabricated aluminium chair or a modified off the shelf seat.
At our dedicated Composite Centre, the composite bucket is autoclave cured and assembled with the fabricated aluminium framework. Project management and MRP set-up ensures that all bought out parts arrive on time for the final assembly.
The composite part of the seat contains carbon fibre epoxy laminate skins with a honeycomb and foam structure. The seat also contains metallic bonded components that are co-cured using film adhesives and foaming adhesives to ensure there are no voids between the outer skin and the internal components.
This project demonstrates our ability at NORCO to deliver volume production of complex assembly projects with a mixture of subcon, bought out parts and manufactured pieces.