Tech Development, Inc. - The original turbine air starter is also the market leader in engine starting reliability
Since 1958, Tech Development (TDI) has specialized in the design and manufacturing of air turbine products and components for NASA and the private sector aerospace industry. This expertise ultimately led to TDI designing and manufacturing industry’s first turbine starter – the TurboStart in 1979. Further development led to the two stage TurboTwin model. TDI’s innovation has raised expectations for starter system’s delivered power, efficiency and durability. TDI is recognized worldwide by every OEM, system packager and engine/compressor fleet owner as the industry’s leading manufacturer of reliable starting systems. From diesel and natural gas engines to large industrial turbine engines, TDI and EngineWorx stand ready to support your application needs.
For large bore, turbocharged 2 cycle engines; some level of air manifold boost pressure is required before and during startup, and during engine/turbocharger warm-up. Commonly referred to as Air-Assist or Jet-Assist systems, these original designs use compressed air or natural gas for their power. These are highly inefficient –consuming many MCF per start and potentially releasing that natural gas into the environment. TDI’s TurboBoost system brings a level of efficiency and reliability not previously seen in these applications.