MANUFACTURING &
QUALITY ASSURANCE

At Quatro Composites, our manufacturing capabilities are as intelligent and efficient as our design and engineering.

It’s all about The Power of Possibility — and how we support innovation.

MANUFACTURING CAPABILITIES

With over 80,000 square feet of manufacturing space in Iowa and a nearly endless horizon outside of our windows, we have the ability to expand to meet our clients’ production needs. Our customers benefit from our proprietary manufacturing processes, which allow us to develop accurate prototypes and move to production in a more timely and cost-effective manner. From concept, to design, to long term manufacturing, we can take your parts from start to finish all under one roof.

OUR ADVANCED CARBON FIBER COMPOSITE MANUFACTURING CAPABILITIES INCLUDE:

Autoclave Curing
Autoclave Curing 2Quatro has four certified autoclaves with state-of-the-art computer control over all process variables including heat up rate, dwell time, variable pressurization, controlled cooling and operational limits: 450° and 150 psi.

Compression Molding/Bladder Molding
Compression Molding/Bladder Molding 2Quatro has 15 presses that range from 1 cubic foot to 125 cubic foot capacity. We can heat our tools up to 350° F and apply precise temperature control during manufacturing using Labview. We can also provide pressure and temperature cure profiles at our customers’ demand.

Pre Operations – In-House Development & Engineering Team
Pre Operations – In-House Development & Engineering Team 2
Pre Operations – In-House Development & Engineering Team 2
Quatro engineers develop composite patterns using CAD tools and cut them using our EASTMAN™ cutters. The machines have the capacity to accurately cut various stacks of material at very high speeds. Rosenthal sheeters are also used to efficiently sheet the pre-preg material.

Laser Projection Systems
Laser Projection Systems 2
Laser Projection Systems 3
Quatro has the state-of-the-art Virtek LPS-7H Laser projection system used to guide composite lay up operations in our Orange City, Iowa, facility. The new Virtek LPS-7H contains advanced projection and tracking technology that projects up to two times faster than previous laser models. Advanced laser and optical components offer high quality projection patterns and a higher laser refresh rate that minimizes laser flickering. A centralized cooling channel provides thermal stability, enabling the projector to operate in the most challenging environments.

Post Operations – Matching Area
Post Operations – Matching Area 2
Post Operations – Matching Area 3
Our shops have three axis, four axis, five axis CNC machines, water jet cutters and lathes. We can design and machine aluminum, titanium, invar or any other material type tools, carbon parts and fixtures. Our machine bed volumes go from 40″ x 40″ x 30″ up to 120″ x 40″ x 30″.

Quatro can post bond composite structures using high temperature adhesives in precisely controlled furnaces. We can trim parts manually using custom designed trim fixtures or use our CNC machines to trim composite parts or assemblies with outstanding accuracies. We design custom bonding fixtures to precisely bond composite structures together and can perform X-ray scans to verify quality of the bonded joints. Additionally, we can perform X-ray scans to determine attenuation of composite parts for medical applications.

Clean Room Facilities
Clean Room Facilities 2
Clean Room Facilities 3
Clean Room Facilities 4
Quatro clean room facilities feature a 65′ x 50′ CLASS 400,000 with the temperature controlled from 67° to 77° and humidity range controlled from 30 percent to 60 percent. The room is rated with positive pressure with respect to adjoining rooms.

Paint Booth – Full Priming and Painting Capabilities
Paint Booth – Full Priming and Painting Capabilities 2
Paint Booth – Full Priming and Painting Capabilities 3
Our 9′ x 26′ x 9′ Col-Met semi-downdraft paint booth includes a heat and cure cycle to meet your finished requirements in a fast, reliable manner while maintaining our high quality standards.

Testing and Quality Control
Our team can design custom gauging fixtures, use romers, CNC machines, micrometers, precision calipers and other QC equipment to verify dimensions to within .0001″. We have a full range of inspection and testing devices following ISO 9001:2000 and AS9100:2004 standards. See our Quality Assurance for more information.

Large Scale Manufacturing
Our 80,000 sq. ft. facility in Iowa, which can be quickly expanded to accommodate larger projects, can handle large manufacturing volumes in tightly controlled temperature environments following strict certified manufacturing methods and with outstanding quality verification procedures.

Click to download Facilities List.

QUALITY ASSURANCE

In the composite design and manufacturing industry, every component is critical. Quatro’s quality assuranceQuality Assurance 2
Quality Assurance 3
Quality Assurance 4
Quality Assurance 5
exceeds your expectations through successful design, development and production.

Quatro team members have a quality-driven attitude and are dedicated to incoming inspection, in-process inspection and final inspection of all material and parts.

QUATRO’S QUALITY POLICY

Quality Meeting Expectations
Making all customer and regulatory requirements.

Unique and Innovative Customer Solutions
Understanding and meeting or exceeding customer needs through successful design, development and production projects.

Always Improving Processes
Maintaining a quality management system in compliance with AS9100, Nadcap and customer standards or regulations, including continuous improvement activities.

Timely Delivery

Rapid Response to Customers

One Team, Many Talents
100% of employees participate in quality system activities, which may include process and product improvement activities.

QUALITY CAPABILITIES

We have an extensive calibration program, with calibrated gauging that is used in production and inspection. Our CMM Faro Arm has a 4 foot arm, capable of measuring range up to an 8 foot diameter, with an accuracy of +/- 0.001″.

Quatro’s trained personnel have a quality-driven attitude and are dedicated to incoming inspection, in-process inspection and final inspection of all material and parts.

QUALITY ACCREDITATIONS

ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100:2009 Registered

Quatro received certificate of registration to Rev C in April 2012.

Download AS9100 certificate.

Download ISO 9001 certificate.


NADCAP Approved

Quatro received NADCAP AC7118 Rev A-6 Accreditation for CP-Core Processing and PAR-Prepreg/Adhesive Bonding/Resin Film Infusion in February of 2009, NADCAP AC7114/3 Rev F Accreditation for Ultrasonic Non-Destructive Testing in May of 2012 and NADCAP AS7003 Accreditation for Chemical Processing in March 2014. This certification process requires stringent compliance to the highest industry standards for advanced composite parts fabrication for aerospace companies.

Download NADCAP Composites certificate.

Download NADCAP NDT certificate.

Download NADCAP Chemical Processing certificate.


BAC5578 Approved

Quatro is one of the few composite companies in the United States to be BAC5578 certified. The certification defines the specifications and requirements for autoclave curing of advance composite structures.


Registered/ITAR Compliant

Quatro is registered with the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls and abides by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.


Boeing Approved D6-51991 Digital Product Definition (DPD) Supplier

Quatro adheres to the Boeing common process for controlling the transfer of digital product definition data.

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WE’RE READY TO GO
TO WORK FOR YOU

How can we help you?

 

MANUFACTURING &
QUALITY ASSURANCE

At Quatro Composites, our manufacturing capabilities are as intelligent and efficient as our design and engineering.

It’s all about The Power of Possibility — and how we support innovation.


 
 

MANUFACTURING CAPABILITIES

With over 80,000 square feet of manufacturing space in Iowa and a nearly endless horizon outside of our windows, we have the ability to expand to meet our clients’ production needs. Our customers benefit from our proprietary manufacturing processes, which allow us to develop accurate prototypes and move to production in a more timely and cost-effective manner. From concept, to design, to long term manufacturing, we can take your parts from start to finish all under one roof.


 
 
 

OUR ADVANCED CARBON FIBER COMPOSITE MANUFACTURING CAPABILITIES INCLUDE:

Autoclave Curing
Autoclave Curing 2Quatro has four certified autoclaves with state-of-the-art computer control over all process variables including heat up rate, dwell time, variable pressurization, controlled cooling and operational limits: 450° and 150 psi.

Compression Molding/Bladder Molding
Compression Molding/Bladder Molding 2Quatro has 15 presses that range from 1 cubic foot to 125 cubic foot capacity. We can heat our tools up to 350° F and apply precise temperature control during manufacturing using Labview. We can also provide pressure and temperature cure profiles at our customers’ demand.

Pre Operations – In-House Development & Engineering Team
Pre Operations – In-House Development & Engineering Team 2
Quatro engineers develop composite patterns using CAD tools and cut them using our EASTMAN™ cutters. The machines have the capacity to accurately cut various stacks of material at very high speeds. Rosenthal sheeters are also used to efficiently sheet the pre-preg material.

Laser Projection Systems
Laser Projection Systems 2
Laser Projection Systems 3
Quatro has the state-of-the-art Virtek LPS-7H Laser projection system used to guide composite lay up operations in our Orange City, Iowa, facility. The new Virtek LPS-7H contains advanced projection and tracking technology that projects up to two times faster than previous laser models. Advanced laser and optical components offer high quality projection patterns and a higher laser refresh rate that minimizes laser flickering. A centralized cooling channel provides thermal stability, enabling the projector to operate in the most challenging environments.

Post Operations – Machining Area
Post Operations – Machining Area 2
Post Operations – Machining Area 3
Our shops have three axis, four axis, five axis CNC machines, water jet cutters and lathes. We can design and machine aluminum, titanium, invar or any other material type tools, carbon parts and fixtures. Our machine bed volumes go from 40″ x 40″ x 30″ up to 120″ x 40″ x 30″.

Quatro can post bond composite structures using high temperature adhesives in precisely controlled furnaces. We can trim parts manually using custom designed trim fixtures or use our CNC machines to trim composite parts or assemblies with outstanding accuracies. We design custom bonding fixtures to precisely bond composite structures together and can perform X-ray scans to verify quality of the bonded joints. Additionally, we can perform X-ray scans to determine attenuation of composite parts for medical applications.

Clean Room Facilities
Clean Room Facilities 2
Clean Room Facilities 3
Clean Room Facilities 4
Quatro clean room facilities feature a 65′ x 50′ CLASS 400,000 with the temperature controlled from 67° to 77° and humidity range controlled from 30 percent to 60 percent. The room is rated with positive pressure with respect to adjoining rooms.

Paint Booth – Full Priming and Painting Capabilities
Paint Booth – Full Priming and Painting Capabilities 2
Paint Booth – Full Priming and Painting Capabilities 3
Our 9′ x 26′ x 9′ Col-Met semi-downdraft paint booth includes a heat and cure cycle to meet your finished requirements in a fast, reliable manner while maintaining our high quality standards.

Testing and Quality Control
Our team can design custom gauging fixtures, use romers, CNC machines, micrometers, precision calipers and other QC equipment to verify dimensions to within .0001″. We have a full range of inspection and testing devices following ISO 9001:2000 and AS9100:2004 standards. See our Quality Assurance for more information.

Large Scale Manufacturing
Our 80,000 sq. ft. facility in Iowa, which can be quickly expanded to accommodate larger projects, can handle large manufacturing volumes in tightly controlled temperature environments following strict certified manufacturing methods and with outstanding quality verification procedures.

Click to download Facilities List.

 
 

QUALITY ASSURANCE

In the composite design and manufacturing industry, every component is critical. Quatro’s quality assuranceQuality Assurance 2
Quality Assurance 3
Quality Assurance 4
Quality Assurance 5
exceeds your expectations through successful design, development and production.

Quatro team members have a quality-driven attitude and are dedicated to incoming inspection, in-process inspection and final inspection of all material and parts.

QUATRO’S QUALITY POLICY

Quality Meeting Expectations
Making all customer and regulatory requirements.

Unique and Innovative Customer Solutions
Understanding and meeting or exceeding customer needs through successful design, development and production projects.

Always Improving Processes
Maintaining a quality management system in compliance with AS9100, Nadcap and customer standards or regulations, including continuous improvement activities.

Timely Delivery

Rapid Response to Customers

One Team, Many Talents
100% of employees participate in quality system activities, which may include process and product improvement activities.

 
 

QUALITY CAPABILITIES

We have an extensive calibration program, with calibrated gauging that is used in production and inspection. Our CMM Faro Arm has a 4 foot arm, capable of measuring range up to an 8 foot diameter, with an accuracy of +/- 0.001″.

Quatro’s trained personnel have a quality-driven attitude and are dedicated to incoming inspection, in-process inspection and final inspection of all material and parts.

QUALITY ACCREDITATIONS

ISO 9001:2008
and AS9100:2009 Registered
Quatro received certificate of registration to Rev C in April 2012.

Download AS9100 certificate.

Download ISO 9001 certificate.


NADCAP Approved
Quatro received NADCAP AC7118 Rev A-6 Accreditation for CP-Core Processing and PAR-Prepreg/Adhesive Bonding/Resin Film Infusion in February of 2009, NADCAP AC7114/3 Rev F Accreditation for Ultrasonic Non-Destructive Testing in May of 2012 and NADCAP AS7003 Accreditation for Chemical Processing in March 2014. This certification process requires stringent compliance to the highest industry standards for advanced composite parts fabrication for aerospace companies.

Download NADCAP Composites certificate.

Download NADCAP NDT certificate.

Download NADCAP Chemical Processing 

Registered/ITAR Compliant
Quatro is registered with the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls and abides by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.


Boeing Approved D6-51991 Digital Product Definition (DPD) Supplier
Quatro adheres to the Boeing common process for controlling the transfer of digital product definition data.

sri    anab_logo      nadcap

 
 

WE’RE READY TO GO
TO WORK FOR YOU

How can we help you?