Composites Australia Innovation Award 2024 for Advancements in Composites - Advanced Composite Structures Australia Pty Ltd. In recognition of transformative achievements in engineering light-weight composite azimuth arms 2024

🏆 ACS Australia is pleased to share that we were the recipients of the 2024 Innovation Award for Advancements in Composites Technology in the ‘component’ category for our transformative achievements in engineering light-weight composite azimuth arms in partnership with EM Solutions!​

Andre Duarte accepting the Composites Australia Innovation Award 2024 at the Composites Australia Annual Conference on the Sunshine Coast
Andre Duarte accepting the Composites Australia Innovation Award 2024 at the Composites Australia Annual Conference on the Sunshine Coast

Thank you to Composites Australia and Kerryn Caulfield for acknowledging our efforts in pushing the boundaries of composites innovation. This recognition motivates us to continue striving for excellence in our industry.​

Composites Australia Award winners for 2024 at the Composites Australia Annual Conference on the Sunshine Coast
Composites Australia Award winners for 2024 at the Composites Australia Annual Conference on the Sunshine Coast

This award recognizes transformative research and development in engineering lightweight composite azimuth arms, components in satellite communication systems. These systems serve aerospace, defense, and telecommunications, and effect many aspects of our daily lives.​

EM Solutions commissioned ACS to enhance their satcom systems by replacing the existing metallic azimuth arms with a more efficient, lightweight composite solution. The result? A single-piece carbon-fibre design that achieved a remarkable 65 per cent mass reduction compared to the traditional multi-piece aluminium design, without compromising the performance demands of naval deployment.​

​Their innovative approach included rigorous validation through finite element analysis, ensuring the arms could withstand various load conditions, including the intense requirements of naval operations. These not only met but exceeded expectations, providing significant cost savings in assembly and materials, and simplifying installation for the end-user.​

​The King Cobra Maritime Satellite Terminal system supports critical military communications and is actively used on naval vessels, trusted by the Australian Border Force and the Royal Australian Navy.​

​Please join me in congratulating Advanced Composite Structures Australia for their outstanding contribution to composite technology and their role in enhancing global communication capabilities.”​

– Kerryn Caulfield, ​Executive Director of Composites Australia

Overview: https://www.compositesaustralia.com.au/annual-composites-industry-awards/

The 2024 Innovation Award recognises transformative, visionary or inventive achievements in Australian made composites through manufacturing processes, materials or design that enhance productivity and quality, redefine performance metrics, industrial outcomes and/or material science. It focuses on recognising complex composite part engineering and manufacturing, inventive solutions that drive efficiency, elevate standards, and set new benchmarks in operational excellence.

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