Following from the announcement that Quickstep would provide 10 new parts for the F-35 program, on November 4, 2019, Quickstep and US-based Radius Engineering announced they will partner to develop a Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM) manufacturing workcell.
The workcell will be based at Quickstep’s manufacturing facilities in Bankstown, Western Sydney.
The new addition to Quickstep’s manufacturing capabilities will allow for the manufacturing of composite housings for the F-35’s aircraft countermeasure flares.
The RTM workcell includes a 100 ton press and resin injector which will be integrated with Radius’s FloWare software.
Steve Osborne, general manager, business development at Quickstep, outlined how the partnership formed.
“We were extremely pleased to have collaborated with Radius on the flare housing project. Their knowledge of advanced composite processes and the aerospace industry was invaluable and we have developed a strong and cooperative relationship.
“Radius made an important contribution to our highly automated and digitalised manufacturing cell, which is capable of delivering higher volumes of composite flare housings at a lower cost,” he said.
The requirements of the project made the connection unique, as Dimitrije Milovich, president of Radius Engineering highlighted.
“Our expertise in net-shaped composites manufacturing blended perfectly with Quickstep’s tight process specifications and rigorous quality standards. Meeting an aggressive schedule, we created a world-class RTM manufacturing workcell capable of delivering products of the highest quality,” he said.