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AIC Group wins £1/2 million contracts to keep autoclaves safe and efficient

News International-French

16 Jul 2012

AIC Group announced that it has renewed existing maintenance and service contracts and been awarded new business from Trelleborg, three F1 teams and two aerospace component manufacturing companies.

The contracts are for planned maintenance & servicing for a period of up to five years and come to a total value of approximately £560,000.


The contracts will maintain and service, and ensure safe and efficient running of:
• A global engineering group’s six autoclaves, and calibrate them to Aerospace Pyrometry Standard AMS 2750D;
• Trelleborg’s steam autoclave, used in the manufacture of precision seals;
• Three F1 teams’ autoclaves – used in the production of composite parts in the latest racing cars.

The contracts also include thermal survey certification to aerospace standard.
The award of the contracts was a result of competitive processes which involved a number of companies. AIC was chosen because of its expertise in control systems, technical support and outstanding service. With over 40 years combined experience of design, manufacture and service of major plant and equipment AIC provides unrivalled expertise in the field.

The autoclave maintenance programmes will cover: gas, electric and steam heating systems; cooling systems; vacuum pumps; air circulation fan and motor; door operation and safety systems; controls and electrics; and pneumatics.

Qualified engineers will also calibrate control instruments for temperature, pressure and vacuum - correcting errors if necessary, and issuing the appropriate certification. Calibration equipment is calibrated and certified by AIC as a UKAS accredited laboratory and so is fully traceable to National Laboratory Standards.


AIC is also providing all the companies with its Premier Support package which includes 24/7 emergency cover with remote diagnostics and rapid engineer-on-site-response in case of breakdown, and a full training programme for staff.

David Grew of Trelleborg said: “Our autoclave is a key part of our production process. It is important that it is operational when we need it. This contract for planned maintenance will minimise down-time and increase the capacity of the machine. AIC’s ability to deliver this was a key reason for selecting them to take on this work.”
The Facility Manager at one of the F1 teams said of recently completed work: “It all went very smoothly indeed. The engineers were experienced and carried out the servicing with expedience and professionalism. The after service verbal report was concise and informative and contained all the relevant information. All in all, I was impressed by the service.”

Nigel Clifford, AIC’s Head of Sales, said: “We are pleased to be extending our support to Trelleborg, three F1 teams and the aerospace companies in maintaining their equipment. AIC has an expert multidisciplinary team of engineers who can keep plant running efficiently and safely, which is important in all industries.”


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