Aitech Enhances Space Technologies Production Through Partnership with LACO Technologies Thermal vacuum system enables in-house testing functionality and better quality control.

Aitech Systems has expanded its in-house space production and testing capabilities by implementing a thermal vacuum system from LACO Technologies, a leading vacuum and leak testing system manufacturer. This new system enables testing space systems and components under hot and cold temperatures and in vacuum conditions, leading to better quality control and streamlined manufacturing.

As part of a more significant production upgrade, Aitech partnered with LACO to build a custom ‘Space Simulation System,’ also known as the Frontier Thermal Vacuum (TVAC) System. This system includes everything from chambers and ports to stands and PLC. The addition of a chiller allows the system to replicate the extreme temperatures experienced from the launch pad to in-orbit operation.

Ralph Grundler, Director of Space Business Development and R&D of Aitech, said, “By adding LACO’s Frontier System to our space product production process, we’re increasing our in-house efficiency and customer quality. Instead of sending parts out for third-party verification, we can manage this critical aspect of the production process, improving delivery and associated costs.”

Aitech’s long-standing history in the space industry led to the production enhancements that the company is undertaking. Recognizing that its space customers are shifting from components to more integrated systems, the company is building an enhanced manufacturing environment to help manage the different testing needs of customers across all orbit levels and mission durations.

“As a team of dedicated engineers, we collaborated closely with Aitech throughout the entire manufacturing process, sharing ideas and knowledge. This enabled us to jointly develop a system that meets Aitech’s in-house testing requirements, facilitates a more streamlined production environment, and provides quality products in a shorter timeframe,” said Lee Chamberlain, Vice President of LACO Technologies.

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