Spirit AeroSystems installs large autoclave for composite manufacturing

The new autoclave has a 30-foot diameter and an internal volume of more than 78,000 cubic feet.

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Spirit AeroSystems Inc. is installing one of the world's largest autoclaves at its Wichita, Kan., facility to support increasing production levels in the company's composite fuselage business and to grow overall composite production capability. The new autoclave has a 30-foot diameter and an internal volume of more than 78,000 cubic feet.

"Spirit continues to invest in our composite manufacturing capability and this latest expansion will help us meet record demand for the products we build," said Terry George, Spirit's vice president of the 787 program. "Spirit's capabilities in composites are unmatched, and we are looking forward to continuing to meet our customer's composite manufacturing needs."

The autoclave, which is 120 feet long, is one of nearly 40 at Spirit's Wichita location. The addition is part of a 94,000 square-foot expansion to Spirit's Composite Fuselage Facility, where the company makes the carbon fiber nose section for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. 

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