Retrofit autoclave control system designed to perform automatic temperature and pressure control cycles for advanced composites manufacturing in the aerospace industry.
The system was designed to perform automatic temperature and pressure control cycles for two large walk in autoclaves. The system replaced the original outdated control system and provides a sequence of idle, ramp, dwell, cooling, depressurisation and purge stages.
Autoclave Control and Process Monitoring
The exact ramp and dwell part of the sequence is determined by a recipe which allows up to 6 temperature / pressure ramps and the following timed dwells to be defined.
Any number of the recipes can be configured in the system and then selected when the process is to be started.
Continuous monitoring of the process was performed to provide detailed process reports at the end of each batch and to allow signals to be checked against alarm levels.
In the event of an alarm condition, both warning and emergency shutdown conditions were handled to provide appropriate responses. As with any control system, low level alarm functions were provided to allow for unmanned running.
These type of control systems can be fitted to any make or model of autoclave and are highly cost effective. They allow old, outdated or unserviceable autoclave control systems to be replaced without renewing the autoclave itself. This extends asset life considerably and at low capital cost.
The FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance facility within Prodigy software allows new or retrofit autoclave control systems to be compliant with the regulatory requirements if required. This ensures the highest levels of system security and traceability.
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