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National Skills Week – 27 August to 2 September

PMB attended St Patrick’s Technical College National Skills Week Lunch on the 24 August, as a member of the Northern Adelaide P-TECH Partnership. The lunch celebrated the start of National Skills week commencing on Monday 27 August with a focus on Real Skills for Real Careers. The keynote speaker for the lunch was the Minister for Industry and Skills, the Honourable David Pisoni MP who talked about the State Government’s vision for apprenticeships /traineeships in South Australia.

Also speaking at the luncheon was Alex Knoll, Business Development Manager from Barossa Fine Foods. Mr Knoll spoke about his experience starting his career in the family business as an apprentice and transitioning into the role is in today. Alex also spoke about the company’s role in the north and its expansion plans which included the recent purchase of Angelakis Brothers

Closing the luncheon we heard from Danny Deptula, Principal St Patrick’s Technical College who spoke of the school achievements with their innovative and flexible programs which enable students to achieve their SACE while undertaking employment and training in a School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship. Along with promoting further education pathways underpinned by work experience, a technical qualification and industry mentoring.

PMB are proud supporters of St Patrick’s Technical College through our involvement in the Northern Adelaide P-TECH Partnership which are fortunate to be finalists in the 2018 SA Training Awards.  The Awards will be held on Friday 7th of September.

PMB would like to congratulate the four other finalists from St Patrick’s Technical College, Cain Gerrits and Santigao Bribiesca Diaz for School-based Apprentice of the Year. Jarrod Morton, Apprentice of the Year and Linda Burton, VET Trainer or Teacher of the Year. We wish everyone the very best for Friday 7 September.

 National Skills Week Business Lunch August 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Danny Deptula, Principal St Patrick’s Technical College

PMB Defence achieve qualification standard for DCNS Global Supply Chain

PMB Defence is very pleased to announce that we have successfully achieved the required standard for inclusion in the DCNS Global Supply Chain.  The qualification audit conducted in mid-January had a broad scope including quality, management, business ethics, design, environment, safety, procurement and human resources.

Whilst achieving qualification is not unexpected, we see this as a very important step towards involvement in the Australian Future Submarine Program and potentially other markets in which DCNS operate. 

Stephen Faulkner

CEO, PMB Defence

PMB Defence Awarded TSA Certificate.

 

January 2017.

 

ASC has contracted PMB Defence for a number of years to provide In Service Support for the Collins Class Submarine Program (CCSM) for ILS, Configuration Management and Obsolescence Management.

In October last year, ASC conducted a Technical Support Agency (TSA) assessment audit at PMB, acknowledging that the company provides significant guidance in this area for the Main Storage Battery & Ancillaries.

The one day audit focused primarily on Quality Assurance and Engineering processes and procedures aligning with the requirements of ABR 6492.

A successful outcome was achieved, culminating in PMB being awarded the TSA Certificate by ASC in December 2016, recognising our company as a valued member of their Technical Support Network.

Future surveillance audits are expected every two years, further enhancing the strong relationship between the parties as PMB’s engineering capabilities grow.

 

TSA Cert

PMB Defence awarded Stealth Mast CTD.

November 2016. 

 

Submarine Stealth Induction Mast – Press Release

Australian business PMB Defence has recently been contracted to demonstrate a next generation submarine mast concept that aims to improve stealth of the Collins and Future submarine classes. The submarine mast project is worth $2.2 million and is being funded by the Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) element of the Department of Defence’s Innovation program.

PMB was established almost 30 years ago with a sole focus on manufacturing Main Storage Battery systems for the Collins Class of submarines. Over this time, PMB has continuously supplied Main Storage Batteries and supporting equipment, whilst growing an in-country engineering capability. This multi-discipline expertise, combined with a collaborative customer relationship has resulted in a number of initiatives that have supported the Collins and Future Submarine Programs.

PMB Defence CEO Stephen Faulkner said the company was delighted to have been awarded the CTD project. “PMB has a culture of innovation, and this CTD proposal was a great example of this in action. We are privileged to receive this opportunity to demonstrate potential enhancements to Australia’s submarine capability”, Mr Faulkner added.

 

http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2016/11/09/minister-for-defence-industry-14-7-million-in-grants-to-further-drive-innovative-defence-technologies/

 

 

 HMAS Farncomb: Another Success Story of the Coles Review

August 2016

Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer  Lieutenant Lee and Marine Engineering Officer Lieutenant Visser carrying out planning activities.
The Submarine Arm has been bolstered with the return of HMAS Farncomb to the Fleet after a successful full cycle docking.

Source: http://news.navy.gov.au/


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HMAS DECHAINEUX Battery Change

May 2014

PMB has just completed the scheduled Main Storage Battery change in HMAS DECHAINEUX at ASC's Henderson site in Western Australia.

This is the first time that PMB has resourced and managed this complex and physically difficult task involving: the removal, return and disposal of the old battery; cross country transportation of the new battery and it's installation; provision of ancillary items in a "just-in-time " manner; mobilisation of a workforce of up to 23 personnel from both SA and WA over a 13 week period; and most importantly full integration with the ASC project management team and workforce.

Both the battery removal and the battery installation phases were performed on budget and ahead of schedule without incident.

PMB's CEO Steve Faulkner stated that he was extremely happy with the outcome, particularly from a Collins Class Submarine Enterprise perspective. He said "The early and successful completion of this task clearly demonstrates the benefits of having PMB, as the subject matter expert, contracted to install the equipment that we manufacture and supply. PMB look forward to further involvement in both battery change work and other activities that assist the Enterprise achieve the 10+2 Transformation Program".

PMB Defence Engineering wins third position on Future Submarine IPT

April 2014

PMB Defence has been successful in placing a third position on the Future Submarine Integrated Project Team (IPT).  The Combat Systems Architect position is contracted until February 2015.

The IPT has specifically been set up to begin the pre-concept phase of the future submarine program, including investigation of cost and capability options.  The output to be used as part of the first pass approval process for this nation building project..  Bradley has been contracted to the IPT until early 2015 during which he will work full time on helping develop Option 4. This appointment further confirms PMB Defence has a significant role to play in Australia’s Future Submarine capability.

PMB Defence Engineering is a Division of the PMB Defence Group of companies, whose operations are situated in the Techport Australia precinct at Osborne.

PMB Defence Engineering wins DSTO Charger Contract

October 2013

PMB has been announced as the successful tenderer to supply and install new submarine battery test equipment for DSTO at Fishermans Bend, Victoria. DSTO has an important role to play in the future submarine program and PMB is pleased to be a part of shaping this future capability.

DSTO will benefit from PMB’s extensive experience in the installation, commissioning and use of similar equipment gained over our many years of continuous involvement in supporting the COLLINS submarine capability.

PMB looks forward to providing further high power battery support solutions to both local and global customers.

PMB Defence Engineering is a Division of the PMB Defence Group of companies, whose operations are situated in the Techport Australia precinct at Osborne, South Australia.

PMB Defence Engineering wins second position on Future Submarine IPT

August 2013

PMB Defence Engineering employee Bradley Barrett has been selected as a Power and Propulsion Engineer for the Future Submarine IPT. He joins Phil Prosser of PMB and a handpicked group of highly experienced professionals as the IPT gathers momentum.

The Future Submarine program is a multi-billion dollar initiative to deliver 12 highly capable conventional submarines to the Royal Australian Navy. Government has been considering four options for the Future Submarine program:

  1. Military off the shelf design
  2. Modified Military off the shelf design
  3. Evolved Collins Class
  4. Bespoke Design

The IPT has specifically been set up to begin the pre-concept phase of the future submarine program, including investigation of cost and capability options.  The output to be used as part of the first pass approval process for this nation building project. Bradley has been contracted to the IPT until early 2015 during which he will work full time on helping develop Option 4. This appointment further confirms PMB Defence has a significant role to play in Australia’s Future Submarine capability.

PMB Defence Engineering is a Division of the PMB Defence Group of companies, whose operations are situated in the Techport Australia precinct at Osborne.

 

PMB Defence Engineering wins position on Future Submarine Integrated Project Team (IPT)

PMB Defence Engineering employee, Phil Prosser has been selected as the Program Manager for the Future Submarine IPT. He joins a small but growing group on the team to kick off the activity.

The Future Submarine program is a multi-billion dollar program to replace the COLLINS Class with 12 modern diesel-electric submarines. Up until recently Government have been considering four options for the Future Submarine program:

  1. Military off the shelf design (MOTS);
  2. Modified (or ‘Australianised’) military off the shelf design;
  3. An evolved COLLINS Class design; and
  4. A Bespoke Design.

Recently the Government announced that it had narrowed down to either Option 3 or Option 4, with funding allocated to investigate each further.

The IPT has specifically been set up to begin the pre-concept phase of the future submarine program, including investigation of cost and capability options.  The output to be used as part of the first pass approval process for this nation building project.

Phil has been contracted to the IPT for a period of two years during which he will work full-time assisting the team in their efforts. Whilst Phil’s contributions back at PMB during this time will be missed, this is a great opportunity for PMB and Phil to make a positive contribution to this very important program.

PMB Defence Engineering is a Division of the PMB Defence Group of companies, whose operations are situated in the Techport Australia precinct at Osborne.

PMB Defence Batteries Awarded New Contract by ASC

PMB Defence Batteries has been selected by ASC to perform a scheduled battery change in HMAS DECHAINEUX during the submarines Mid-Cycle Docking commencing in July 2013 at Henderson WA.  

John Parkin, Operations Manger at PMB said “PMB has manufactured the COLLINS Class Submarine (CCSM) Main Storage Battery (MSB) continuously since the early 1990s, however, this is the first occasion where a battery change will been performed by PMB“.

The CCSM MSB takes approximately 15 months to manufacture at PMB’s Adelaide facility, exceeds 430 tonnes in weight and is electrically connected via a complex bus-bar array of more than 3,000 components.  “MSB removal and installation is a significant, critical path undertaking that consumes a large number of man hours. By engaging the OEM to perform this work, ASC frees up personnel for other critical work where trade skills are mandated” says John Parkin.

“Another direct benefit of PMB performing this work is the first hand insight we gain into design and process improvement opportunities to reduce removal and installation times. These improvements contribute to shortening the overall maintenance activity which in turn increases platform availability.   Enhancements will not only contibute to lowering CCSM costs of ownership but also influence Future Submarine MSB design features”.

PMB Defence Batteries is a Division of the PMB Defence Group of companies, whose operations are situated in the Techport precinct at Osborne.