Elexon Electronics is shaping the future of Defense

Elexon Electronics has invested an additional $1.9 million to develop its industry-leading defense and aerospace manufacturing facility in Industry 4.0 by securing a Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority grant.

Innovative Australian electronics manufacturer, Elexon Electronics, has enhanced its manufacturing capabilities by purchasing six new state-of-the-art machines for its Industry 4.0 manufacturing facility as part of its defense readiness program.

Automation and interconnection have been key objectives for Elexon, in developing its world-class Industry 4.0 manufacturing facility, delivering unparalleled precision and manufacturing standards.

Over the past 16 years, Elexon Electronics has established itself as a global player in electronics, pioneering various highly innovative and commercially successful products for a range of industries such as mining, pathology, automotive and recently defense.

The key difference for Elexon is its ability to design, engineer, prototype, test and manufacture complex electronic components in-house, from high-precision custom PCB assembly to software and final assembly.

Today, Elexon is a trusted electronics supplier to world-class companies such as Rio Tinto, Newcrest, Volvo, Aurizon, Aim Lab, Agilent and EM Solutions.

Elexon secured a SCIP grant, helping its bid for defense contractors.

Investment in defense preparation

Elexon Electronics has spent the past year working tirelessly on its Defense Readiness Plan, comprised of four key areas; Cybersecurity improvements, quality and management systems, team development and upgrades, and manufacturing equipment upgrades.

In order to become a valued defense supplier, Elexon Electronics is committed to ensuring that its quality and safety systems exceed industry standards.

Following engagement with the Center for Defense Industry Capability (CDIC), Elexon has received government support for its Cyber ​​Security Uplift, ISO 14001 and AS 9100D management standards installations.

Successful implementation of ISO 14001 environmental management standards and AS 9100D aerospace quality standards also involved Elexon upgrading its physical and cyber security to protect IP, both that of Elexon and that of trusted Defense partners.

Government support, first in the form of the Made in Queensland grant 3 years ago and more recently the Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority (SICP) grant, has enabled Elexon to invest nearly $4 million to significantly increase its design, prototyping and manufacturing capacity, with a strong focus on Industry 4.0 interconnection.

Early purchase of high precision automated surface mount technology equipment from leading European producers enables intelligent material handling, solder paste jetting, vapor phase vacuum soldering and X-ray inspection .

The more recent acquisition of smart production and inspection/test machinery has further improved the quality standards achievable in Elexon’s Industry 4.0 facility, now offering 3D automated optical inspection, dual-sided flying probe testing, selective soldering, PCB cleaning and high precision compliance. coating.

The development of Elexon’s smart Industry 4.0 production facility has already seen the manufacturer secure a project with Australian Navy Tier 1 supplier EM Solutions (EMS) supplying RF PCB assemblies for their marine Satcom terminals.

A milestone achievement for Elexon in the Defense space, is being approved as a supplier for Rheinmetall Group after successfully bidding for work on the Land 400 Phase 2 and 3 projects.

“Defense is a sector well suited to Elexon’s capabilities as an electronics manufacturer, even more so following our investment in Industry 4.0 facilities,” said Frank Faller, CEO of Elexon Electronics.

“Elexon is no stranger to high-precision, high-durability electronics, with its suite of wireless underground mining solutions designed to withstand the harshest environments. The latest series of Industry 4.0 upgrades allow Elexon to produce highly precise, durable and meticulously tested electronic components faster than ever before.

Elexon Electronic’s Industry 4.0 manufacturing facility.

Industry 4.0 manufacturing plant

The Koh Young Technology Zenith2 is one of the most advanced true 3D AOI machines and an exciting addition to the Elexon Electronics facility, combining advanced vision algorithms and high resolution 3D optics.

One of the main advantages of the Zenith2 is the ease of use with AI-based programming, offering up to 70% reduction in programming time.

The SPEA 4060 S2 flying probe tester was purchased for component testing, offering a double-sided flying probe, as well as the ability to use fixed probes, bed of nails, etc.

Another reason to choose the 4060 S2 is its ability to test large boards – up to 20 kg – with high accuracy and fast test times.

An Inertec CUBE.460 selective welding machine enables Elexon Electronics to move from manual through-hole welding to precise machine-automated selective welding; reduce manufacturing costs and improve quality.

Not only is manual labor removed from the soldering process, reducing time and eliminating human error, the CUBE.460 enables Elexon Electronics to solder complex PCBs.

Accurate cleaning requires a high quality PCB cleaner and for this reason Elexon Electronics recently invested in an MBtech NC25E PCB cleaner, to enhance and automate PCB cleaning capabilities.

A patented filtration system allows precise and efficient cleaning of PCBs after reflow, and the use of an aqueous solution helps to separate the residues, ensuring a complete closed-loop cleaning process to meet environmental requirements.

Elexon Electronics also acquired a Mycronic MYC50, replacing existing coating methods with a high-speed, high-precision solution.

The Mycronic MYC50 enables high performance conformal coating automation for complex PCBs.

All of the recent upgrades come together to form the backbone of Elexon Electronic’s Industry 4.0 manufacturing facility – a move the company made to prepare for a serious push into the defense manufacturing sector.

“We already have arguably some of the most advanced manufacturing capabilities in Australia,” Faller said. “But we are constantly striving to improve and stay one or even two steps ahead of the competition.”

Kimberly B. Nguyen