Burwell Technologies and BAE Systems automate ship blast systems

Abrasive blasting manufacturer Burwell Technologies has been working with shipbuilder BAE Systems Australia to test autonomous robotic blast systems that could be used to help automate construction of Hunter class frigates being built in Adelaide for the Royal Australian Navy. Burwell, which provided an autonomous robotic abrasive blast solution for the Sydney Harbour Bridge, is…

Australia and the UK collaborate to improve armour systems

Funding from Australia and the United Kingdom has been revealed for a major research program to improve armour systems for the military. The UK Government announced a bilateral international program to accelerate the integration of advanced materials into military platforms. Funding covers integration of composites, adhesives for structural joining, joining high temperature structures and improving…

After four years of industry focus, defence really is generating SME innovation

Comment by Peter Roberts Canberra has only been pursuing its focus on defence industry since 2016, but after four years it is clear that increased defence spending really is generating significant, fundamental innovation by our SME manufacturers. The latest example, and there have been many reported in @AuManufacturing, comes from Ron and Yvette Allum of…

Working smarter with data – how BAE Systems is creating the world’s first fully digital shipyard

@AuManufacturing‘s editorial series, ‘Working smarter with data‘, concludes today with a profile of the most ambitious digitisation programme underway in Australia – the creation of a unique, fully digital shipyard in Adelaide to construct naval vessels. By Peter Roberts. A broad stretch of Adelaide’s Port River sweeps past what is Australia’s most advanced programme of…