SA specialist industrial design and manufacturing company Form Cut has taken out the top prize at the 2019 Defence Teaming Centre (DTC) Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony for their collaboration with SMEs REDARC and IntelliParticle to design and develop the new REDARC Thermal Enhancement Kit (RTSEK).
APC Technologies won the Resilience and Adaptive Award for ‘standing stood the test of time through the peaks and troughs of Defence expenditure, whilst Data to Decisions CRC won the Growing or Emerging award and Tony Martin won the Chair’s Award.
The RTSEK enables Army personnel to successfully engage practice targets using remote SMArt155 Precision Guided Munitions.
“REDARC and Form Cut have previously collaborated commercially,” Form Cut CEO and Senior Industrial Designer Karl Falzon said. “When REDARC identified a new product opportunity, they sought to team with us to develop a product that exceeded the expectations of the defence customer in terms of cost, timeframe and innovation.”
Form Cut contributed to the design, specification and production of thermal insulation components and the innovative development and application of conductive polymers, as well as assembling the final product. The company also designed and manufactured the finished product packaging, specifically designed to ship fragile items by road and off-road to the testing facility.
Ongoing production is scheduled in the coming months and a new manufacturing facility will include the innovative CNC application of specialist coatings.
The DTC Teaming Award is a significant acknowledgement of the successes of collaboration between local partners. Other winners included APC Technology
“The project provided the perfect opportunity for Form Cut to demonstrate the full scope of its capabilities, problem-solving approach and commercial acumen,” Falzon added. “I’d like to thank the teams at REDARC with Mike Hartas and IntelliParticle with Greg Hancock, as well as the Australian Army, Defence SA and the DTC for this recognition.”