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After a successful exhibit at Avalon Airshow, Hetech were honoured to host the AIDN April monthly meeting, with a massive attendance of about 80 people. Some great information was relayed, including presentations by Airbus, Volvo, Legacy, Queensland Government and Hetech’s own Steve Plunkett and David Edington.

The AIDN (Australian Industry & Defence Network Incorporated) is an organization that represents the interests of Australian small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) by connecting them with larger businesses within the defence and security industry. The AIDN represents through advocacy and member services.

AIDN committee members with David Edington (2nd from Left) &
Steve Plunkett (3rd from Left)

Every month a meeting is held in a different location to outline and reaffirm AIDN objectives. Each meeting is meant review and relay industry capability information and updates, and offer support for SMEs as a whole. It is a great way for members of AIDN to stay connected with defence projects, suppliers and key contacts.

Details of April’s Meeting

The main points of April’s meeting hosted at Hetech focused heavily on connecting SMEs to defence projects, suppliers and manufacturers. Hetech was able to discuss our electronics design and involvement in defence manufacturing, which was a fantastic chance to showcase our facility, and our high level of manufacturing capabilities. 

David Edington & Steve Plukett delivering Hetech’s presentation
Airbus Presentation

The Airbus presentation was particularly exciting, as it covered Project LAND2094, Phase 4, which deals with Airbus’ involvement in special ops helicopters. This project is set to create medium lift helicopters that can “undertake troop transport, search and rescue, special operations and counter-terrorism missions”.

Scott White (Airbus) & Laurie Alexander (Airbus)

The presentation at the AIDN meeting was meant to receive interest from SMEs on products and services for this exclusive project.

The Benefits of AIDN

As a member of the AIDN, Hetech is proud to say that we’ve invested in the growth of our company. Through our membership, we are placed in contact with larger companies that allow us to continue to develop our defence systems, which in turn makes us a stronger manufacturing company.

Through AIDN, SMEs like Hetech are presented with opportunities to connect with larger companies in the defence industry. Without a network like AIDN, it would be difficult for smaller manufacturing companies to make those imperative, business enhancing connections.

Steve Plunkett (Hetech), David Edington (Hetech) & Lourie Alexander (Airbus)

AIDN itself is constructed of a combined membership of 600 or so SME companies. The AIDN structures its territories and chapters to optimise and reflect the makeup of the defence and security industries present within each. Hetech is proud to be an AIDN member, and can honestly credit positive contacts made in the industry to AIDN and the connections the network provides.

The April meeting was a huge success, with Hetech given the chance to stand in the spotlight, showcasing our abilities, dedicated employees, fearless leaders and enormous aspirations. As an electronics design & manufacturing company that continues to grow, embracing new clients, change and technology, we were happy to contribute and offer our facilities and services to support SMEs, AIDN and the defence industry.

Hetech Manufacturing has expanded, allowing us the ability to further our reach, achieve faster turnaround times and take on additional engineers. We are thrilled to announce that we now have a separate building for our headquarters, giving us more space to do what we do best…turn concept from mind representation to reality.

Our new headquarters will house day-to-day operations for Hetech, and provides our engineers with a dedicated space and unlimited possibilities. The original building has been opened up, giving more than enough room for production and servicing. This increased capacity is allowing room for Class 3 workers, but that’s not all.

More operational space will give Hetech the ability to prepare for further quality certifications, such as AS9100. A company level certification, AS9100 is in compliance with a standard set by the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers). This type of advanced certification will make Hetech a recognized frontrunner in quality assurance regarding design, development, production and installation.

Every past, present and future client will benefit from the vast improvements at Hetech. Faster turnaround times and increased production capacities have arrived. Hetech now has better quality assurance than ever before, and we continue to improve with every company based decision we make.

Choosing Hetech has always meant security, and with our new headquarters featuring state of the art security practices, your product is safe through every stage of production. The new developments at Hetch allow us to go to a greater extent of above and beyond, which is exactly what we have planned for every client we interact with.

Our headquarters address is Building 14, 2404 Logan Road, QLD, 4113 Australia

Contact Hetech today for more details.

The most important part of a product development and manufacturing company is vigilance when it comes to cyber security within IT infrastructure. The information sacrificed in even the smallest hack is detrimental to the existence of any business, but can hit manufacturing companies especially hard.

While it might sound like something out of a movie, extreme measures to prevent a breach in cyber security should be in place and frequently revised, updated and advanced. When manufacturing companies, like Hetech, suffer a breach of security…so much is lost.

The Risks

Without protection and preparation, manufacturing companies can suffer complete operational disruption. Malware can, very simply put, shut down massive manufacturers (think Nissan and Merck & Co) and leave them unable to operate on any level. Employees are sent home while the company faces crippling setbacks.

Data theft is another big one. Cyber-criminals often target major companies through the release of malware. It’s much more involved than we’re making it sound here, but occurrences of theft, phishing scams, and corporate espionage are becoming far too common, and affecting corporate giants like Verizon Wireless.

No business is immune, and that’s why Hetech has just completed a major IT infrastructure upgrade to lock in security. At Hetech we take cyber security very seriously, and an upgrade was imperative to the way that we do business; safely, effectively and diligently.

Read more about the risks here

What We Did

Hetech has gone in and performed a security overhaul. Our cyber security upgrade essentially means that we’ve got a brand new, “state of the art” server that connects our production facility with our new head office.

This connection is secure and efficient. The upgrade in security is moving Hetech forward further into the digitization of manufacturing, and closer to Industry 4.0. Our IT infrastructure and operation as a whole has increased in capability and capacity.

Why We Did It

As a leader in product development, Hetech believes that it’s our responsibility to protect delicate information belonging to the company and to our clients. Our operational technology deserves the best in cyber security, and our destination is the forefront of the manufacturing revolution.

We want cyber security relentless against file based and fileless security attacks. We want protection against those same attacks without the need for emergency security patching. We want control that is localized, stemming from one single console that allows us to see every aspect of our operational technology throughout the company at any given time.

We want complete control.

Preparing For The Future

The recently completed IT upgrade at Hetech is nothing other than fueling the way we do business now, and preparing for the way we’ll do it in the future. We are implementing plans and adopting new technologies today that will embrace the industry of tomorrow.

This intense preparation and dedication to the evolution of manufacturing and IT security makes Hetech the top contender for all of your product development needs. Contact us today.

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