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AIC saves Hampshire composite manufacturer up to 7,500 production hours per year

News International-French

27 Aug 2014

The company announced that it had helped a Hampshire-based composite manufacturer save up to 7,500 hours of lost production per year (150 per week) by upgrading the control systems of eight ovens with its AMCS (Autoclave Management Control System).

Before the replacement, AIC found that its engineers were being called out on average twice a month. In one year alone the company lost up to 7,500 hours in lost production. AIC then proposed that this could be remedied by upgrading the eight ovens with its AMCS (Autoclave Management and Control System). The upgrade was completed over three months.

Since the upgrade, the company has not lost a single hour in downtime over a full year due to instrument problems. The control system paid for itself in six months, with an overall saving of £160k pa.
This has had a positive effect as these ovens run 24/7, making production more reliable and more efficient, delivering a more effective service. It has created operational efficiencies and has been less frustrating and demotivating for operators, now that they know the equipment works.

The new systems give uniformity of control hardware and software (already partially in use on key plant) with NADCAP/AMS2750E compliant data recording, calibration functionality and ease of operator use with a familiar interface.

The integrated hardware and software was written and developed in-house with AIC’s extensive understanding of composite production across many industries. This has resulted in an easy to use system with:

  • options for significant integration with production management software such as SAP;
  • centralised QA processing including automated cure costing / buy-off reports;
  • out-of-process alerts by email, live as they occur.

Other benefits of the upgrade include:

  • Increased energy efficiency;
  • Increased production speed by faster profile loading/starting;
  • A minimum ten year expected hardware life;
  • Full aerospace compliant data recording with individual part recording.

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