17 July 2012
17 July 2012
AIC Group has renewed existing maintenance and service contracts, and been awarded new business from Trelleborg, three F1 teams and two aerospace component manufacturing companies.
According to AIC, 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. AIC says 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.
It says 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 says it was chosen because of its expertise in control systems, technical support and outstanding service. 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.
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.”
AIC says 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.”
Alvant has been appointed to work on a two-year, £28 million project titled Large Landing Gear of the Future, which aims to deliver a 30% weight reduction and assist the aerospace industry’s drive to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
Hexadrone’s 3D printed Tundra prototype, manufactured by CRP Technology via laser sintering (LS) technology using Windform SP and Windform XT 2.0 carbon composite materials, has won the Red Dot Award 2018 in the drone category.
UK company Norco Composites has invested in a larger spray booth and a new cutting and kitting machine to enable the company to increase productivity in line with growing demand from its marine customers.