Home' Asia Pacific Defence Reporter : APDR June 2016 Contents major components and sub-assemblies for air force,
army and naval assets.
Their capabilities include engineering design;
manufacture; fabrication; assembly; accredited
testing and installation; and electro/mechanical site
service. They have machined components/propeller
shafts and done generator rebuilds for Collins Class
submarines; machined components for ANZAC
frigates and mine-hunter vessels.
Ezy-Fit Engineering Group has a 1.2 hectare site
in Salisbury covering over 3,400 square metres
and a workforce of 50 employees. Over $7m in
previous and currently planned investments in new
state-of-the-art machine technology and equipment,
allied with factory expansions, has proved to be a
continuing success story.
They offer an 8 metre mill /turn lathe, a 6 metre
multi-axis bed mill and additionally a new 3 metre
Coordinate Measuring Machine which will be housed
in a new environmentally controlled inspection room.
These investment have made Ezy-Fit one of the most
up-to-date engineering shops in Australia in their
field. The capacity to hone components up to 1
metre in diameter with a 15 metre length utilising the
largest honing machine capability in the Southern
Hemishere just is remarkable.
Engine components and welded fabrications for
Collins Class submarines have been supplied to
ASC direct and via major sub-contract suppliers. In
2006 Ezy-Fit Marine was tasked to design and build
the Ride Control Cylinders for the US Navy & Marine
Littoral Combat Ships. These are two of many major
successful marine projects for the company.
SEA1000 has received extensive attention from the
Ezy-Fit team. The Engineering Group is registered for
consideration as a supplier to DCNS and can offer
extensive facilities in both design and manufacture of
hydraulic requirements and component manufacture.
With their manufacturing support team based in
Perth, the Group is well placed to ser vice and
support their contribution to Australia’s future naval
shipbuilding and other defence projects.
Nova Systems is an Australian company,
specialising in the provision of engineering and
management services, providing industry and
government with world class independent
expertise in delivering complex projects and solving
technologically challenging problems. Nova Systems
was formed in Adelaide 16 years ago, and has
now expanded to several hundred permanent full-
time employees across Australia, New Zealand,
Singapore and the UK. With an emphasis on shared
culture and camaraderie, Nova has repeatedly
featured in the BRW Magazine’s Top 25 Places to
Work in Australia, and boasts one of the highest staff
retention rates in the Australian Defence industry.
APDR spoke with John Godwin who manages the
Maritime and Future Systems Business Unit of Nova
Systems. John has over 20 years’ maritime, defence
and security experience and explained that the
company is heavily involved with naval shipbuilding,
including support to the Air Warfare Destroyer
Alliance, and now SEA1000 Future Submarines and
SEA1180 Offshore Patrol Vessels.
Nova has supplied engineering and project
ser vices to the Future Submarine Program (FSP)
Technical Office in Adelaide and to the Program
Office in Canberra over several years, including
support to the recently completed Competitive
Evaluation Process, as well as program planning,
scheduling, enterprise risk management, system
safety engineering and infrastructure planning.
When the FSP had a requirement for the
development of a Strategic Test Concept Document
(TCD) and to analyse the Test and Evaluation
(T&E) infrastructure and costs for SEA1000, Nova
Systems was engaged to provide the FSP with
Australian submarine T&E subject matter expertise.
It took the lead in engaging widely with stakeholders
across Defence to ensure that the study covered
the breadth of test capabilities intended by the TCD
then engaged with the appropriate authorities and
experts in Australia to produce the required level
of cost detail for a First Pass TCD. The company
supported the FSP to manage the conduct of initial
and subsequent studies including analysis of USN
Submarine T& E costs and comparison of outputs
to the Australian context, ensuring the outputs are
sufficient in breadth and detail to develop a fully
Based on this experience and project staffing,
Nova Systems has much to offer SEA1000.
Airspeed Pty Ltd of Mawson Lakes has
considerable prior experience with the application
of composite materials for submarines. Airspeed
has designed and built lightweight replacement
structures using modern, resin-infused composites
to reduce topside weight and improve transverse
stability. One project replaced a steel casing with
a modern composite structure weighing just 38%
of the original, allowing a significant weight to be
returned to fixed ballast.
Dedicated Systems Australia, located at
Walker ville, is a leading supplier of Embedded
System Software, Firmware and Hardware in
Australia and New Zealand. They have a wide
range of agencies and considerable specialty
technical expertise in a many different aspects of
One feature of their relationship with the
organisations who are potential users of the wide
range of products and services they can supply, has
been their inaugural “Tech Days” held 9th and 10th
March 2016. At this event subject matter experts
were on hand to answer questions, present seminars
and deliver workshops. The focus areas included
reconfigurable computing, geospatial, big data, the
Internet of Things (IoT), reliability, safety and security.
Dedicated Systems are active members of the
Defence Teaming Centre of South Australia and have
done projects for Collins Class submarines.
Ferrocut, the first company to purchase land
within Techport, is South Australia’s leading profile
cutting company, providing ser vices and products to
a diverse range of sectors. These include mining and
quarrying, construction and specialist fabrication,
agricultural engineering, hydraulic engineering and
the defence industry.
The company is now operating out of an 11,250
square metre warehouse office complex on its 2.24
hectare site. The new facility is a purpose built steel
plate profile cutting centre, enabling the company to
service its growing client base in the defence, mining
and infrastructure sectors.
In mid-2009 Ferrocut was awarded the plate
cutting contract for the Air Warfare Destroyer
Program, providing service and support to the ASC
AWD Shipbuilder for the life of the project.
Director of Ferrocut, Geoff Ellens, states “Ferrocut
has recognised the Techport Australia Supplier
Precinct as a well-located, high quality infrastructure
development that will enable Ferrocut to provide high
quality steel plate profile cutting ser vices into South
Australia’s exciting future.”
Levett Engineering, located at Elizabeth Vale,
has continuing work with the Collins Class
submarines which includes reverse engineering of
engine componentry and exotic material component
manufacture for the periscope assemblies.
The Levett factory features full Cadcam preparation
facilities with the ability to prepare and produce
parts. Their high level inspection facilities are fitted
with Virtual DMIS software to guarantee parts are
consistently accurate and to specification. Material
preparation and treatments are carried out within
the scope of the Levett monitored supply chain
while surface finishing capabilities include heat
treatments and material coatings to achieve end
CBG Systems (CBG) is a Der went-based company
offering specialised marine engineering services for
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