RUAG Australia has completed a major upgrade to its Hydraulic Actuator Centre of Excellence manufacturing facilities at Bayswater in a move that is expected to significantly improve productivity, reduce lead times, and boost responsiveness to customer needs.
RUAG said the upgraded Bayswater facility now includes a total of eleven CNC machining centres, with the final investment stage bringing three additional new machines online at the close of 2019.
According to the company, these machining centres are now configured into actuator work cells that focus on the customer value stream for efficient production, enabling RUAG to better integrate with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and their supply chains.
Terry Miles, General Manager RUAG Australia, said the enhanced facility is now well-positioned to process and deliver on larger order volumes, thereby allowing RUAG to sustain its commitment as sole global source supplier for the uplock actuator system for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.
“Delivering capability redundancy – a customer priority – has been a key outcome of the manufacturing investment program,” Mr Miles said.
“We understand the customer’s need for quick turnaround, affordability, and reliability.
“This upgrade allows us to streamline our supply chain, meet the rapidly increasing demand to support industry diversification, and deepen our participation in aerospace programs, such as the F-35.”
Stephan Jezler, Senior Vice President Aviation International, RUAG MRO International, added:
“Our main customers from the defence industry, both international and domestic, demand continued top delivery performance, a reliable level of high-quality, sustainable processes, cost efficiency, committed resource allocation, and exemplary compliance,” he said.
“Our latest upgrade at Bayswater confirms that RUAG is dedicated to fully satisfying these unique priorities, consistently, and with prompt response times.”