Although autoclaves have been used for ages in the advanced composites manufacturing their process monitoring and control is very basic and conservative boiling down to a couple of thermocouples.
At Synthesites we have worked towards the advancement of the autoclave monitoring and succeeded in providing intelligent and reliable solutions both for cure and flow monitoring into autoclaves. Our experience in this area is quite unique as we have the solution to deal with very long cables e.g. 20 meters, passing through special feedthrough glands into the autoclave chamber with temperatures reaching as high as 190oC and pressures as high as 10 bars. We know how to deal with all the electric signals and moreover, how to integrate this technology in the everyday production process.