A major part of the Company's portfolio is an extensive range of machinery dedicated to the aerospace industry. This includes precision presses, autoclaves and advanced automated handling systems for the specialist forming of aluminium and titanium alloys into strong complex and lightweight structures.

The Group Rhodes aerospace product range includes:

  • Superplastic Forming and Diffusion Bonding Presses
  • Flexible Die Presses
  • Dualform Presses
  • Composite Moulding Presses
  • Autoclaves
  • Hot Joggling Presses
  • Three-Point Bending Presses
  • Stretch Forming Presses
  • Advanced Automation/ Robotics
Superplastic Forming (SPF) & Diffusion Bonding (DB) Presses

Superplastic Forming (SPF) & Diffusion Bonding (DB) Presses

Group Rhodes (incorporating John Shaw and Chester Hydraulics) has continually been at the forefront of designing and manufacturing SPF/DB presses since the mid 1970’s. Today, Group... more

Flexible Die Presses

Flexible Die Presses

The basic principle of operation of a Flexible Die Press is to drape a component sheet (usually aluminium) over a male former loosely positioned on the upstroking press table. Hydraulic... more

Dualform Presses

Dualform Presses

Dualform is a patented process incorporating a special Double Acting Hydraulic Press. This process enables the simultaneous manufacture of matched top and bottom dies within the press, which... more

Composite Moulding Presses

Composite Moulding Presses

Group Rhodes has a successful history of manufacturing Hot Platen Presses utilising various heating mediums such as Steam, Water, Thermal Fluid, and Electrical. The heating system depends on... more

Hot Joggling Presses

Hot Joggling Presses

As one of a few companies in the world capable of manufacturing Hot Joggling Presses. Group Rhodes machines are typically used to form “hot joggles” in aluminium alloy extruded... more

Three-Point Bending Presses

Three-Point Bending Presses

The 3 point hydraulic bending press is capable of applying 80 tonne as a point load on a component sheet, positioned between upper and lower anvils. The machine is used where localised... more

Stretch Forming Presses

Stretch Forming Presses

Rhodes stretch forming machines have the ability to form aluminium, stainless steel and titanium alloys. The process involves a component sheet being stretched to its yield condition and... more

Advance Automation/Robotics

Advance Automation/Robotics

Group Rhodes provides a full suite of design services plus numerous turnkey automated solutions. These include sophisticated jig fixtures, remote handling, robotic cells with transfer... more

STELTH

STELTH

The Rhodes process will produce an area of 1m2 at a rate of 3500 tonnes per annum. Geared initially to produce components for the Automotive and the Aerospace sectors on an industrial scale,... more