Australian Defence Apparel and Nova Systems Announce Partnership to Support Defence Focused Programs

Australian Defence Apparel (ADA), Australia’s primary manufacturer of high-tech uniforms and equipment, and Nova Systems, a leading Australian-owned engineering services and technology solutions company, today announced a partnership to deliver high-tech innovative clothing systems solutions for uniform requirements.

ADA has established a proven track record of designing, manufacturing and managing apparel programs across the military, law enforcement, healthcare and numerous government and corporate industries.
The partnership between ADA and Nova Systems will allow for the implementation of comprehensive clothing programs to meet the unique demands of clients underpinned by data-driven insights and engineering management expertise.

“It is my pleasure to announce that ADA is continuing to engage with local industry partners to advance our services. Nova Systems is renowned for its advanced systems integration solutions, and our combined capabilities will ensure superior outcomes for clothing program management,” said Chris Dixon, Chief Executive Officer of ADA.

ADA is committed to innovation and modernisation, to ensure clients have access to high-tech apparel systems that are enhanced by seamless fitting solutions and processes.

ADA plans to apply systems engineering methods and processes aligning with policies, as well as meeting the needs of the Services Clothing Manual to deliver the full program scope with certainty, ensure robust engineering processes, and meet the challenges of technical data transparency.

The partnership and development of a Clothing Programs Engineering Support system will encompass research and material sourcing, establishing user requirements, design and development, patternmaking and grading, rapid prototyping, technical data, drawings and specifications.

Nova Systems is experienced in complex program delivery and is a trusted partner to the Australian Defence Force, supporting major Defence projects for the past two decades.

Nova Systems Chief Executive Officer Jim McDowell said: “Nova Systems brings truly sovereign, world-leading systems engineering, digital engineering, integrated logistics support and engineering management expertise to the ADA partnership, ultimately ensuring our Defence personnel are equipped with the best, cutting-edge clothing systems to protect our servicemen and women on the front-line.

“Our partnership provides a turn-key solution for all clothing requirements supporting everything from manufacturing, sourcing, engineering and logistics, and it’s for this reason, we believe we are a really strong team.”

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NZ troops perfectly fitted for victory with new 3D scanning tech

The New Zealand Defence Force will receive the latest fitted uniforms and equipment under a new partnership between Australian Defence Apparel New Zealand and Australian 3D-scanning technology company, Bodd.

The Australian Defence Apparel (ADA) subsidiary will work with Bodd’s real-time scanning technology to provide instant sizing matched to each service personnel’s measurements.

By matching the scanned proportions of a recruit against the inventory of every item of clothing they require for their duties, a unique database is developed as part of their NZDF record.

The 3D scanners are manufactured in Australia through a Bodd partnership with Bosch Australia Manufacturing Solutions.

The technology is expected to drastically reduce resource requirements and significantly speed up traditional manual fitting processes, according to ADA chief executive officer Chris Dixon.

“ADA’s partnership with Bodd is instrumental in delivering on our commitment to combine leading textiles and new technologies to solve apparel distribution challenges,” he said.

“This revolutionary digital fitting technology allows for a seamless user experience, as it drastically reduces time required for fitting and kitting of defence personnel. We are excited to be rolling this out first to the NZDF this year.”

ADA is expected to make the digital fitting technology and its benefits available across military, law enforcement, healthcare, government, and corporate industries.

Bodd co-founder and chief executive Rob Fisher said in the future, NZDF will have optional access to additional data regarding health and wellness information which can be derived from a scan session.

“This is one of Bodd’s first military deployments, following successful implementations globally across a range of protective and government services. We are incredibly excited to be rolling out with a local defence partner right here in our own backyard,” he said.

“With our world-class technology, we can size a recruit to an incredible degree of accuracy. From 30  to 45 seconds of scanning, they can be fitted head to toe, from combat clothing to service dress  uniforms, including footwear and accessories.

“It’s almost limitless what you can do.”

By: Robert Dougherty – Defence Connect

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