The reliable and user-friendly automation system based on ABB's Compact Product Suite controls the temperature and pressure inside the autoclave
World's longest autoclave for curing carbon fibre spars
Southern Spars specialise in the design and construction of carbon fibre spars and components, rigging, and rig servicing. As the industry pioneer, Southern Spars built its first carbon spar in 1990. Its operation extends to four corners of the world with centres in the USA, Denmark, Spain, and South Africa, and headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand.
One of Southern Spars’ key pieces of machinery is their 52 m long autoclave, the longest of its kind in the world, used for curing the carbon fibre masts and components.
ABB was tasked with upgrading the existing autoclave control system which was outdated, no longer supported and not user friendly.