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Quickstep has won the Aerospace Australia Defence Innovation award, presented by Aerospace Australia’s chairman, Air Marshal Les Fisher, at a ceremony during Avalon 2015; the Australian International Air Show.
According to Quickstep, the Quickstep Process is a revolutionary technology which outperforms the current benchmark for aerospace composite curing – large heated pressure vessels known as autoclaves – to enable replacement of batch processing with faster, more energy efficient serial production. Its unique capability is founded in the use of fluids to cure components, which improves control over curing and reduces cycle times. This process is designed to enable significant savings compared to traditional curing methods such as convective heating.
David Marino, Managing Director of Quickstep, said the award was a strong endorsement of the company’s technology. “We are delighted to receive this industry award which highlights the quality of Quickstep’s innovation for the aerospace and defence industry globally. Lightweight, super-strong carbon-fibre structures are the way of the future and the Quickstep Process offers great advantages for companies demanding faster production at lower cost. Our first Quickstep Process plant for a commercial customer is nearing delivery. Aerospace components manufacturer ORPE Technology will use the Quickstep Process to manufacture 4.5 metre x 6 metre shielding for satellite launch vehicles, realising significant cost savings compared to traditional curing techniques.”
Quickstep says it is also working with other aerospace and defence companies, including Airbus, to demonstrate the use of its technology for a range of aerostructures.
Quickstep has also received Nadcap accreditation and Marino says “Nadcap certification demonstrates to the aerospace and defence industries worldwide that Quickstep employs high-quality, stringent processes for carbon fibre composites production. Joining the Nadcap Qualified Manufacturers’ List increases our opportunity to win new contracts. This is an important stepping stone toward securing aerospace work from prime contractors such as Airbus and Boeing, most of whom require Nadcap accreditation throughout their supply chain.”
Quickstep explains that it received Nadcap accreditation for composite special processing at its Bankstown Airport, Sydney, Australia, facility. This supplements the AS9100 and ISO 9001 approvals secured in 2009 and numerous specific process approvals that enable the company to produce parts for Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems. Quickstep has been delivering F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter parts from its facility to Northrop Grumman in the US for more than two years, and commenced deliveries to Lockheed Martin for the C-130J Super Hercules military transport in February 2014.
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