The Science of Manufacturing
Rapitypes Limited are a Made in the Midlands Silver Member
Rapitypes is a prototyping and low volume production company, geared towards the development and rapid commercialisation of advanced technology products. Based in the East Midlands, we focus on assisting our clients to take their product from the development lab to the market.
Our teams have advanced skills in production engineering and the facilities to deliver cost effective, scaleable production. We routinely supply parts and complete products in low volumes, and can also deliver a turnkey engineering-to-production service from our extensive facilities. (Rapitypes is an ISO 9001/2008 company)
Rapitypes is an award winning manufacturing support organisation with over 25 years experience of delivering successful products. Projects have ranged from healthcare equipment and scientific products to consumer goods, automotive vehicles and capital equipment.
Rapitypes operates in the following sectors: Automotive, Marine, Defence, Industrial, Medical, and general commercial products.
We have all the facilities necessary to successfully take a product from the lab to the market. In a 4000m2 complex our integrated manufacturing teams use development laboratories, testing areas, in-house tool making, injection moulding, RIM moulding and low volume production facilities to satisfy our clients. But much more than this, we have advanced production engineering, and if the project demands it, the creative abilities to deliver practical, scalable innovations.
We can re-engineer components or whole assemblies to deliver the right blend of performance and cost. Our early involvement in technology concepts, often before the science leaves the bench, can ensure the production design is considered at the optimum stage in the development. This combination of disciplines ensures a fast and effective route to market and maximises return on investment.
Every new design needs to be tested through mock-ups and prototypes. Rapitypes has the capability to do this whilst keeping true to the end goal of cost efficient manufacture. We use techniques which can yield parts in low or medium batch sizes with no loss of structural integrity and in production intent materials.
Low volume production
We can provide parts and assemblies for trials or for simple look-see assessments. We have precision machine tools for mould making to close tolerances and high quality moulding facilities in-house. We also have product assembly facilities for small to medium batch production of drug delivery devices and medical equipment, whilst our large scale assembly areas will accommodate room sized laboratory equipment and a host of commercial parts for both interior and exterior deployment.
The development team has direct access to workshops and labs to build and test rigs at any stage. This is critical to the process, as physical models provide a dimension of feedback which is not always available via CAD or virtual simulations. Our practical approach connects the development process with the downstream production facilities in a unique way. This Integrated process speeds time to market whilst lowering risk.
Prototypes for clinical trials
Engaging with multiple stakeholder groups in early user trials allows designs to be assessed more deeply than with computer simulations alone. Perception studies employing full size mock ups reveal user requirements which cannot be uncovered with any other method. Interactive design studies and in depth collaboration frequently requires multiple pre-production prototypes. Rapitypes has state of the art facilities to seamlessly provide full R&D support to SMEs, Multinationals, Academic institutions and Public Sector bodies.
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