Autoclave activity

Janicki Industries reported on April 16 that it will enhance its advanced composites manufacturing capabilities with its new 50-ft/15.2m long, 12-ft/3.7m diameter autoclave.

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Janicki Industries (Sedro-Woolley, Wash.) reported on April 16 that it will enhance its advanced composites manufacturing capabilities with its new 50-ft/15.2m long, 12-ft/3.7m diameter autoclave. The 550°F/288°C, 150-psi vessel, one of the largest production autoclaves in the northwest U.S., was installed adjacent to Janicki’s new 9,204-ft2/855m2 cleanroom.

The autoclave arrived at Janicki’s Hamilton, Wash., plant on April 15, on a special trailer powered by two trucks (see photo). The total weight of the trailer and autoclave load was more than 500,000 lb/250 metric tonnes. Installation and testing took four to five weeks, and the autoclave was fully operational in early June. According to president John Janicki, “The autoclave, along with upcoming AS9100C accreditation and the newly certified cleanroom, will advance our composite tooling and add to our high-performance composite capabilities.” The vessel is heated with propane and has 72 part thermocouples, 36 vacuum source lines and 36 vacuum probe lines. It is floor rated to hold 50,000 lb/23 metric tonnes.

Meanwhile, Royal Engineered Composites (formerly Royal Plastic, Minden, Neb.) reported on April 19 that, in an effort to increase capacity and stay ahead of its growth curve, the company has procured long-lead materials for the installation of a 30-ft/9.1m long by 12-ft/3.7m wide autoclave. Royal reports that the autoclave is scheduled to be installed in November of this year.

“We are expecting to increase our production in the near future and are investing in Royal’s future growth,” says Jarrod Ridge, Royal’s business development manager. “Royal has seen an increased number of potential opportunities from both current and prospective customers and we are gearing up for an escalation in sales.”

Royal Engineered Composites offers design, manufacturing and prototyping services, as well as moldmaking and technical support for aerospace and defense companies. The company manufactures composite nacelle components, secondary aircraft structures, space and satellite applications, radomes, ECS (environmental control system) ducting and more.