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11/6/2019

Radius Engineering workcell enables composite flare housings for F-35

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New flare housing manufacturing facility will utilize RTM workcell from Radius Engineering to manufacture composite housings for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft’s countermeasure flares.

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Source | Radius Engineering Inc.

Quickstep Holdings Ltd. (Sydney, Australia) recently opened a new facility at its Bankstown, Australia site that will manufacture composite housings for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft’s countermeasure flares. As part of the project, an RTM manufacturing workcell from Radius Engineering Inc. (Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.) was installed at the facility. The workcell features a 100 ton press and resin injector fully integrated with Radius’ FloWare software.

Steve Osborne, General Manager, Business Development of Quickstep says, “We were extremely pleased to have collaborated with Radius on the flare housing project. Their knowledge of advanced composite processes and the aerospace industry was invaluable and we have developed a strong and cooperative relationship. Radius made an important contribution to our highly automated and digitalized manufacturing cell, which is capable of delivering higher volumes of composite flare housings at a lower cost.”

Dimitrije Milovich, president, Radius Engineering says, “We are very proud to work with Quickstep. Our expertise in net-shaped composites manufacturing blended perfectly with Quickstep’s tight process specifications and rigorous quality standards. Meeting an aggressive schedule, we created a world-class RTM manufacturing workcell capable of delivering products of the highest quality.”

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