Norco GRP works with Floatworks, a specialist health spa based in the centre of London who use I-Sopods as a form of relaxation therapy. The I-Sopod is essentially a fully enclosed unit with body temperature maintained high salt content water, which allows the body to be completely buoyant giving the feeling of weightlessness.
Norco GRP built a relationship with Floatworks when they were approached with a prototype unit which required developing into a cost effective production item. We used our composites R&D background to develop the concept whilst producing master patterns and moulds. The original product had suffered from Osmosis and was generally very heavy, so we altered the laminate specification to employ carbon fibre hoops which maintained the structural integrity whilst reducing weight.
Norco also modified the resin, fibre and gelcoat specifications to allow NPG gelcoats, EGlass laminates and Vinylester resins to remove any risk of long term Osmosis, whilst maintaining a cost effective build. We undertook the product testing at our GRP base to ensure the first units performed as specified, and now complete the entire assembly process in house with all lighting, pumps, gas struts installed for simple site installation – a rare service from a composite component manufacturer. The I-Sopod has now become a real success for Floatworks whom are now selling them worldwide directly into the public and commercial sectors; hence demand has been increasing allowing Norco to provide a dedicated production cell to cope with the order levels.
ECB are a world renowned market leader in cold spa technology and we are proud to have worked extensively with them for many years to develop their cold therapy spa units for use in sports therapy and rehabilitation.
By understanding how the composite products we manufacture will work and be used, we are able to suggest and embrace design and specification changes to ensure our mouldings perform in the field and keep our clients products ahead of those of their competition.
Norco have created patterns, production moulds and mouldings for ECB Cold Spas and provide assembly, plumbing, all stainless and frame work, in-house testing and on site installations of all ECB Cold Spas throughout Europe.
All the parts and composite panels are engineered to withstand heavy salt water and chemicals and provide insulation and anti-condensation benefits as well as being able to cope with rapid and extreme temperature fluctuation. We have provided site surveys and performed installations at Wembley Stadium, Manchester United’s training facility at Old Trafford, St. Georges Park, Southampton, Fulham and Aston Villa football clubs as well as for the Welsh National and Northampton Saints Rugby Teams and Michael Owen amongst many other athletes.