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With experienced machinists operating to the
highest quality standards on well maintained,
modern machines, RUAG Australia’s machining
capabilities comprise milling, turning, jig boring,
gun drilling, grinding and honing. A total of
18 machines are used to provide capability
for a wide range of programs and platforms,
with high-value components including F-35
landing gear and weapons bay door actuation
components, F/A-18 wheels, high-precision
matched sleeve and slide sets, and deep bore
drilling for drive shafts.
A state of the art Ultra Precision Centre
with 6 Studer grinding machines was officially
opened within RUAG Australia’s Bayswater
facility in 2008. These high precision Swiss
machines are housed within RUAG Australia’s
clean room facilities making them capable
of machining to as low as 0.000005”.
Australia verifies these tolerances using
a unique set of air gauging, guaranteeing
consistent and repeatable results.
Treatment and Testing
RUAG Australia maintains and operates
comprehensive electroplating, prime and paint
capabilities at sites in Bayswater, Victoria
and Wingfield, South Australia. The latter is a
modern, state of the art, fully automated, high
volume facility and unique in Australia. The
treatment line is able to process small and large
components simultaneously, including parts up
to 4m in length. A comprehensive suite of metal
finishing solutions, including chemical coat
conversion, anodising, plating and passivation,
can be carried out on a range of materials to
provide corrosion protection, wear resistance
and other benefits.
Extensive Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)
capabilities are offered by RUAG Australia to
examine components without impairing their
structure or intended function. Fluorescent
Penetrant Inspection, Magnetic Particle
Inspection, Eddy Current Crack Detection awnd
Temper Etch Inspection are undertaken by a
dedicated, experienced and highly trained team
of NDT experts.
RUAG Australia has comprehensive approvals
for its finishing capabilities, including Nadcap
certification for Chemical Processing, NDT and
Shot peen, and various customer certifications.
Using the full range of RUAG Australia’s
capabilities for the JSF program, the facility
at Wingfield performs titanium chemical
conversion coating, non-destructive testing,
prime and painting on the metallic elements of
the F-35 vertical tail as manufactured by BAE
Systems Australia. These oversized components
are accommodated with ease within the large
Built with Precision
RUAG Australia has been continuously involved
with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program
since the System, Design & Development phase
in 2004. Manufacturing complex components
for the next generation of fighter jet requires
an effective blend of precision machining,
metal finishing, assembly, test and engineering
support. RUAG Australia is seen as a natural fit
for this program. With proven and demonstrable
experience in the successful manufacture of
landing gear retract, downlock and damper
actuators, RUAG Australia has proven itself
a natural partner for the Prime companies in
the JSF program. With work spanning all three
aircraft variants, RUAG Australia has produced
over 20,000 JSF components and is proud to be
global sole source in several instances.
Successful delivery requires exacting
standards of precision with clearance as low as
0.000030” for matched sleeve and slide sets.
Last year, RUAG Australia delivered over 500
assembled components for the F-35 Weapons
Bay Door Drive System Uplock Actuator
program, achieving a highly creditable 100%
DIFOT (delivery in full on time).
As an Authorised Engineering Organisation
(AEO) and Approved Maintenance Organisation
(AMO), RUAG Australia brings its engineering
support to bear, facilitating vertical integration
between Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul
(MRO) and manufacturing capabilities.
By way of example, a turn-key solution was
developed and then provided to the RAAF to
ensure ongoing safe operation of F/A-18 wheels.
Having discovered excessive corrosion which
normally would have resulted in scrapping of
the wheel, RUAG Australia designed a unique
repair that addressed the safety issue and more
than satisfied the customer. Through the use of
specially modified drive keys, produced in house
and oversized to fit, key bosses worn beyond
limits are now effectively repaired.
The benefit to the customer is reflected in
reduced cost of ownership, increased aircraft
availability and the salvaging of components that
would otherwise have been scrapped.
Partner of Choice
RUAG Australia is fully committed to the
highest standards of quality and safety in
manufacturing, embracing all elements of the
process from solution development and design
engineering through to surface treatment and
finishing. The ability to act as a ‘one-stop’ shop,
dedicated to providing timely, high quality,
affordable solutions to its customers, is why
RUAG Australia continues to be regarded as a
Partner of Choice.
RUAG Australia - Excellence in Precision Manufacturing
RUAG Australia boasts an extensive machining and finishing capability supported by comprehensive, complementary
capabilities in non-destructive testing, precision measurement and assembly & test. Underpinned by a highly experienced
workforce and strict conformance to the highest standards of quality and safety, RUAG Australia excels in precision
manufacturing of complex aircraft components.
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