Engineering & Innovation Center

Consultative sales and technical organization providing innovative thermal solutions.


Commercial Airliners
Business Jets


Combat Aircraft
Tactical Vehicles


Power Generation

New Applications

Conceptual designs
Bring us your ideas

The Engineering & Innovation Center is a consultative sales and technical organization that develops and assists clients with their thermal and insulation protection challenges in both the aviation and industrial markets. The EIC provides innovative thermal solutions for commercial and military fixed and rotary wing aircraft, general aviation, tactical and armored vehicles, missiles, power generation and marine vessels.

TIGHITCO’s team has over 30 years of experience in design and development of prototype parts and specialized tooling serving the aerospace, defense, and industrial sectors. The EIC is tapping into these talented engineers and product development managers already part of the TIGHITCO team.

The EIC partners with OEMs and service providers on their conceptual designs as well as build-to-print and source-controlled designs. It also offers a plethora of materials and product qualification and testing processes to ensure product performance requirements are met.  Offering this expanded resource for our aerospace, defense and industrial customers,  gives us the ability to collaborate with customers on their designs and prototyping needs.

We can now deliver a more complete solution and expand into new markets and concepts.

We Offer

  • Conceptual Designs
  • Build To Print and Source Controlled Designs
  • Product and Material Qualification and Testing
  • Prototype Development
  • Specialized Tooling
  • Insulation Blankets (Metal, Molded, Sewn)

The EIC will engage in several areas to help customers as their projects start to take shape:

  • Providing solutions for thermal challenges in aerospace, defense and industrial markets
  • Developing conceptual designs, starting with minimal viable products
  • Collaborating with customers to meet specific needs
  • Providing quick time-to-market prototyping for products and tooling
  • Employing novel material to meet new product performance demands

Process Capabilities

3D Modeling

Non-Destructive Testing


Fire Testing

Fluid Testing

Vibration Testing



Project Management


Product Capabilities

We provide solutions for thermal challenges through several products and services:

  • Conceptual Designs
  • Build To Print and Source Controlled Designs
  • Product and Material Qualification and Testing
  • Prototype Development
  • Specialized Tooling
  • Insulation Blankets (Metal, Molded, Sewn)
Prototype Parts & Specialized Tooling
Extensive library of thermal applications

30+ years of experience in design and development of Prototype Parts and Specialized Tooling serving the Aerospace, Defense, Energy, and Industrial Sectors.

Offerings include:

  • turn-key solutions
  • conceptual designs
  • thermal analysis
  • source controlled engineering
  • build-to-print programs

We partner with OEMs and service providers to develop prototype parts and specialized tooling.

Metal Insulation Blankets

Reference Programs:

  • Boeing 737 Max APU Compartment
  • Solar Turbines Titan 250 Exhaust Collector
  • Caterpillar CAT CRS

Stainless Steel Encapsulated Insulation Blankets

  • Press-formed Stainless Steel or Inconel Superalloy foils resistance welded with encapsulated soft insulation.
  • Capability for various thickness of foils, from 0.003” to 0.006” and metal specs including 321, 316L, 316 Ti and 347 SST.
  • Options for encapsulated soft insulation include: Glass Fiber, Silica Fiber and Microporous Ceramic.
  • Multiple attachment options from lock wire, metal tie straps, Velcro, Springs or Latches.


  • Fire Shields
  • High Temp Protection
  • Noise Reduction
  • Damp Protection for APU Compartments
  • Combustor Cases
  • Exhaust Collectors
  • Manifolds
  • Ducting and Valves
  • Exhaust Nozzles
Heat Shield Applications
Reference Programs

  • Kratos J85 Engine Nozzle Heat Shield
  • Low Cost Cruise Missile

Predicted Temperatures, °F:

Cold Side (Max): 850
Cold Side (Average): 650
Hot Side (Max): 1020
Hot Side (Average):  860


Hybrid Blanket Applications
Reference Programs:

  • Boeing 737 Max
  • 5 Insulation Blankets per APU Compartment
  • Hybrid Metal Blankets with Molded Drip Shields

Molded Insulation Blankets
Reference Programs:

  • Woodward Fuel Control Valve CFM LEAP
  • Boeing 777 APU Compartment
  • Sikorsky Blackhawk Exhaust Ducts

Molded Silicone and Aluminized Fire Shields

  • Flexible insulation blankets contoured to fit complex mating surfaces.
  • Configured with an inner and outer skin and encapsulated ceramic or silica insulation.


  • Fire Shields
  • Thermal Protection
  • Fuel & Oil Resistance
  • Vibration Reduction for hydraulic valves
  • Actuation systems requiring FAA 2000F 15 minute fire proof test
Soft Insulation Blankets

Reference Programs:

  • Lockheed Martin Hercules C-130
  • Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk
  • Oshkosh Defense – PLS Tactical Vehicle
  • Boeing 747 Freighter – Cargo Nets

High Performance Sewn & Coated Fabrics, Nets and Variety Straps

  • Sewn blankets cut into complex patterns.
  • Manufactured with various types of fabrics and quilted patterns.
  • Blankets are coated and cured for thermal resistance.
  • Edged bound to encapsulate silicone, quartz, or fiberglass insulation.
  • Attaching hardware could include Capstans, Grommets, Velcro, or Springs.
  • Sewing capabilities also support the production of Custom Cargo Nets, Container Liners, and Straps for aircraft interiors and cargo compartments.
  • Options for multiple attachment hardware and compliance with Mil Specs and TSO Standards


  • Low-temp ducting
  • turbo-induction systems
  • industrial manifolds
  • aircraft  structures and cargo compartment

Centers of Excellence

Atlanta, GA

  • Conceptual Designs
  • Build To Print and Source Controlled Designs
  • Product and Material Qualification and Testing
  • Prototype Development
  • Specialized Tooling
  • Insulation Blankets (Metal, Molded, Sewn)

Get your next project started with our EIC team, contact us for more information or to schedule a call.