Advanced Composites-old

Driving innovation with advanced composites

Vaupell has over 65 years of experience in composites manufacturing offering a broad range of capabilities and credentials to support its customers in our primary markets including: military and commercial aircraft, electronics, and communications. Major customers include: Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems, L3 Harris, GKN Aerospace, Aero Structures LI, and the U.S. Government/Defense.

Composites provide very light weight with superior strength while preventing corrosion and low thermal expansion. We produce individual components (lay-up and autoclave molded, compression molded, and adhesive bonded) as well as higher level assemblies.


  • Autoclave molding
  • Compression molding
  • Adhesive bonding (metal-to-metal, composite-to-composite, hybrid in honeycomb sandwich)
  • Tool design and fabrication
  • Assembly and secondary operations
    • Mechanical and electrical assembly
    • CNC machining and general machining
    • Sheet metal fabrication
    • Assembly
    • Painting

Quality and capabilities

  • Complete Lab supporting composite material testing
  • Metrology/Inspection
  • BAE Gold Supplier Award
  • Registrations and Credentials:
      • AS9100
      • ISO 9001
      • ITAR
      • NADCAP Certifications for Composites
      • Multiple Boeing, Northrop-Grumman and Sikorsky certifications*

Autoclave Molding

Combining technologically advanced fibers and polymers. Autoclave molding offers several advantages, including: high performance, quality control, and consolidation. Overall, autoclave molding is a critical process for producing advanced composite components used in aerospace, defense, and other industries that require high-performance materials for finished products.

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Compression Molding

Producing a wide variety of thermoset compression molded parts. Compression molding offers several advantages, such as the ability to create complex shapes, high strength-to-weight ratios, and good surface finishes. Specific parameters of temperature, pressure, and time are carefully controlled to achieve the desired material properties and product quality.

compression molding

Adhesive Bonding

Providing structural & non-structural adhesive bonding. Adhesive bonding provides opportunities for lightweight design, improved structural integrity, and enhanced design flexibility in various applications. The choice of adhensive depends on several factors such as environmental conditions, load-bearing requirements, and desired aesthetics.

compression molding

Assembly and Finishing

Capabilities to convert components into finished parts and higher level assemblies. Assembly and finishing are crucial stages in the our manufacturing process, contributing to the overall quality, functionality, and aesthetics of the final products. Assembly techniques and extreme careful attention to finishing details greatly impact the manufactured product that we deliver to customers.

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Materials Testing

Vaupell has a full service composite testing laboratory utilizing principles from material science, engineering, chemistry, and physics that provide valuable information in selecting appropriate materials for very specific applications. This provides guidance in the product design process, and ensures that manufactured products meet safety and performance standards.

Materials used

Material Science & Engineering

Vaupell has a working knowledge with a broad range of materials, such as: resins – wet & pre-impreganted, cores, fiber reinforcements, expandable tooling materials, and molding compounds. Our extensive material background makes us the perfect manufacturing partner for highly complex components or finished assemblies that utilize several materials.

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