TEC completes onsite autoclave build at Spirit Tulsa

TEC installs 20-ft by 70-ft autoclave at Spirit AeroSystems' Tulsa, Okla., facility.

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Thermal Equipment Corp. (TEC, Rancho Dominguez, Calif.) reports that it has completed a large 20-ft diameter by 70-ft long (6.15m by 21.5m) aerospace-quality autoclave system for aircraft manufacturer Spirit AeroSystems (Wichita, Kan.).

Although TEC’s manufacturing facility is located in the Los Angeles area, the Spirit autoclave was built onsite at Spirit’s facility in Tulsa, Okla., due to its size and the consequent limitations of shipping. TEC delivered a larger 30-ft by 70-ft (9.2m by 21.5m) autoclave to Spirit’s Wichita facility several years ago (see www.compostesworld.com/go.aspx?id= 90096), one of more than 30 autoclaves TEC has produced for Spirit.

“TEC is honored to have been selected again by Spirit as the supplier for this system, which is critical to the continued growth in their production of composite aerostructures,” says Lee Courtney, TEC president.