Grand-Mère, Quebec-based Delastek's customers include OEMs and Tier II aerospace suppliers. The company manufactures the integrated internal cockpit for Quebec-based Bombardier Aerospace’s CSeries medium-range jet airliners.

According to Claude Lessard, president of Delastek, the company has invested heavily in systems which are compatible with those of Bombardier.

“Automation has enabled us to significantly reduce our material expenses and ensure our product quality so we provide the highest components to our customers at a competitive price," reports Delastek’s project manager, Mathieu Doucet. "These technologies are a central part of our plan to both increase our composite manufacturing capacity and expand our capabilities."

"The Gerber and Virtek teams brought us a suite of technology solutions that we couldn’t find from any other single supplier in the market,” he adds.

Delastek is the epitome of how a small- to medium-size company can employ advanced technology to enable them to provide the highest quality products to some of the world’s biggest aerospace companies.
Todd Rhodes, president of Virtek

The GERBERcutter DCS2500 system is a high-speed, static cutting system designed to cut single to low plies of composite materials with precision. It cuts to within millimeters at speeds up to 1.1 m/s. It also maximises material utilization by eliminating buffer between parts required when cutting manually.

The Virtek LaserEdge system is a three-dimensional laser templating and positioning system that eliminates the need for physical templates, reduces costly rejects and saves set-up time. It projects a laser template onto moulds to quickly and accurately guide operators through the ply lay-up process.