23 September 2014
23 September 2014
AIC Group has worked with the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team, based in Brackley, UK to install its latest Autoclave Management and Control Systems (AMCS).
The company states the system has been applied to the team’s production autoclaves used in the process of building its Formula One race cars. AIC has also completed servicing and calibrating the company’s autoclaves and ovens at its Operations Centre as part of a multi-year contract.
AIC explains it replaced the now obsolete Autoclave Manager with the new AMCS system which provides simpler operation across all of the team’s autoclaves and delivers higher reliability and reduced energy useage in the production of composite material. AIC’s engineers developed the AMCS.
The company explains the total autoclave maintenance programme covers: heating and cooling systems; vacuum pump; air circulation fan and motor; door operation and interlocks; controls and electrics; and pneumatics. Qualified engineers also calibrated control instruments for temperature, pressure and vacuum, with full traceability. Calibration equipment is calibrated and certified by AIC as a UKAS accredited company and is fully traceable to National Laboratory Standards.
Nigel Clifford, AIC’s Head of Sales, said: “We are pleased to be supporting the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team in this extremely competitive industry. AIC has an expert multidisciplinary team of engineers who can keep plant running efficiently and effectively, which is important in all industries but absolutely vital in the world of motor racing.
“AMCS, an integration of PLC controls and software is establishing itself as the ‘Best in Class’ market leader and is truly a great system. We are delighted to be able to play our part in helping Mercedes AMG Petronas continue to achieve success on and off the track.”
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