Procedure for development projects

Procedure for development projects

At Fiberline, we are specialists in pultruded composite materials that allow our customers to create more with less. Therefore, we have introduced a standard framework for good composite solutions inspired by the automotive industry. It is called APQP – advanced product quality planning. Learn more in this video.

The project procedure for the development of new types of window and facade profiles is set out below:

1. Performance specification
Together with the customer, project wishes and requirements are clarified and a project plan is drawn up containing timetables, distribution of work, and so on. During this phase, requirements relating to national and international regulations and standards are also considered.

The requirements in respect of triple-glazed constructions mean that the choice of fittings is vital. Example: We match our profiles to existing fittings on the market. Any necessary modifications are produced in partnership with fittings manufacturers.

2. Solution description
Fiberline outlines solution proposals. Price estimates are also prepared during this phase.

3. Prototypes and trials
During this phase we prepare prototypes.
As a part of the design process Fiberline offers 3D printing. This technique provides a sound basis for decision-making that can help shorten project timescales.

During this phase, tests are also carried out at Fiberline or at external testing institutes. Such tests include:

• Deflection
• Screw pull-out
• Adhesion
• Coating or film
• Glue
• FEM analyses of geometries
• Shear strength

The capability for gluing together composite profiles and glass opens the way for innovative, elegant and energy-sustainable design solutions.

4. Adjustment and tool design
Establishment of profile design in phase 3 is followed by design of production tooling.

5. Pilot production series
Working closely with the customer, pilot production series are subjected to an extensive testing programme. The customer is supplied with test specimens for approval, along with the first approx. 200 m to enable the new profiles to be constructed and tested. Any necessary tooling adjustments are then performed, after which a new pilot series is run and new test specimens produced.

The customer always receives two test specimens together with a logbook. One of the specimens is returned along with the signed logbook to Fiberline for archiving. The specimen is used as a reference model for release of batch production.

More information on Fiberline’s quality policy

More information on Fiberline’s testing programme

6. Release of product for manufacture and supply
When the pilot series and therefore also the test specimen have been approved by the customer, the profile is released for final manufacture and supply.

7. Product follow-up with customer
After supply to the customer we ensure that the quality is in accordance with the customer’s expectations and evaluate the project process.