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AIC Group has been awarded a multi-million pound contract by UTC Aerospace Systems

News International-French

12 Dec 2014

AIC will supply to UTC a 18-foot diameter autoclave with custom-build control systems.

The autoclave is the first of its size in the UK and will enable UTC Aerospace Systems’ Prestwick Scotland facility to maintain, repair and overhaul larger nacelles systems fitted to the next generation of wide-bodied aircraft.

The autoclave will be operational by the end of 2015. It will run on AIC’s Autoclave Management and Control System (AMCS) which provides significant production efficiencies and energy savings as well as aerospace compliant QA reports. The autoclave will be maintained by AIC in a 10-year programme which includes their world class 24/7 technical support.

AIC will be developing this project with AeroThermal.

The large autoclave will be delivered to the site in sections after being hydrotested and joined using a ‘golden weld’ which is 100% radiographic tested. AMCS will deliver control utilising AIC’s software and latest PLC hardware.

AIC’s advanced water cooling system will deliver cooling with minimal environmental impact, lowering chemical use, realising lower running cost, energy savings and waste disposal savings whilst contributing to UTC Aerospace Systems sustainability policy.

The autoclave features AIC’s balanced vacuum system controlled by AMCS to deliver accurate vacuum levels and is constructed of stainless steel lines, seamlessly welded using high accuracy welding and helium leak detection equipment. A hot bonder is also integrated for spot repairs.