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RUAG Australia secures patents for additive technology

RUAG Australia

The defence company has been awarded full patent rights in three continents for its additive technology solution.

The defence company has been awarded full patent rights in three continents for its additive technology solution.

RUAG Australia has secured patents for its ‘Methods for Treating Aircraft Structures’, which relates to the use of supersonic particle deposition (SPD) as an alternative aircraft component repair technology. 

The patent, which has been secured in Australia, Europe, the US and Canada, has been designed to save time and costs associated with traditional repair techniques or part replacement, with SPD repair capabilities expected to improve aircraft and component return-to-service times.

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According to RUAG, the additive technology is particularly effective for the repair of expensive components and for components with long repair/replacement lead times.

RUAG Australia’s patent application identifies the use of SPD as a fully certifiable alternative for safe and reliable repairs.

“The awarding of this patent underscores our commitment to research and development and the application of emerging additive technologies to offer reliable and accessible service for defence and commercial aviation customers,” Neil Matthews, senior manager additive technologies at RUAG Australia, said.

Terry Miles, general manager of RUAG Australia, added, “Our ability to provide unique repair solutions that enable our customers to be operationally ready, faster, is essential to our in-country mission. Patent approvals ensure these capabilities for all our customers.

“It is a fantastic achievement for Neil and for RUAG Australia as a whole.”

[Related: RUAG Australia secures first contracts to support US Navy F/A-18 Hornets in APAC]

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