AST Develops Special Purpose High Volume Drilling Machine

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AST was contracted in-house to develop a dual spindle, high volume, automated and computer controlled drilling machine for use in the production of the propulsion system for the 40mm HV project.

The machine was designed to be capable of running 18 continuous hours per day, producing over 2000 components, totalling an effective 13 000 drilled holes, per day.  Special features added into the design to decrease running costs included a tool sharpening interval of 1200 holes per drill as well as a high-wear “violet” coating on the drill bits, leading to lower tool consumption rates as well as a power consumption of less than 1,5kW.  This in turn led to lower operating costs.

Atlantis Aviation leads consortium at AAD

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Last week the consortium consisting of Atlantis Aviation, AeroRescue Pty. Ltd., Aerodata AG and Avex Air Transport were on display at the Aero Africa Defence held at Air Force Base Waterkloof from 14 – 18 September. They have teamed up to provide a turn-key surveillance solution to the South African Government.

The Dornier 328 – call sign VH-PPG was at the static aircraft display and visitors to the stand had an opportunity to see the latest version of AeroMission, Aerodata’s fully integrated mission system.

AMMS Appoints Two New Board Members

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Following a very successful 2015 which saw the Defence Group double earnings for the third successive year the Chairman, Gordon Blackbeard and CEO, Terence Dumont, decided to expand the Board of Directors in the early part of 2016.

This expansion is also part of a well thought-out succession plan addressing the Exco Board, expansion of technology development and implementation of major production exports.

The expansion saw the first two female directors invited to the AMMS board – Caren Jordaan was promoted from Financial Manager to Group Financial Director and Ginette Blackbeard was promoted from Operations Manager to Director and General Manager of AME.

Caren completed her Bachelor of Accounting degree at the University of Stellenbosch and attained an Honours Bachelor of Accounting Science degree through the University of South Africa. She passed the Board Exams and qualified as a CA (SA) in 2005. After qualifying Caren gained valuable experience in financial management in various industries including manufacturing and retail. Her no-nonsense attitude and savvy financial management and planning has earned her a well-deserved place on the board. She now oversees the full financial function of Defence Division within the Atlantis group of companies.

Ginette’s background was largely in marketing and advertising prior to joining Atlantis in 2014. She co-owned and ran a successful advertising agency for 10 years focusing on the real estate industry and had the pleasure of working with premium clients such as the V&A Waterfront and One&Only before deciding it was time for a change of direction. Since joining the company, she has continued her studies at Stellenbosch University’s Business School and was awarded the Directors Award for best student of her class in 2015. In parallel her performance of establishing a manufacturing logistics hub proved she’s definitely a competent force to be reckoned with.

Farewell Col. Haywood

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It is with regret that ATLANTIS DEFENCE said farewell to Col. R. Haywood JCM.MMM.SSA at the St Margarets church in Constantia.

He served the Atlantis Defence Board as Strategist Consultant.

Uncle Ron was a passionate professional whose infectious enthusiasm affected all he came into contact with, be they Princes, Businessmen or Privates.

Ron partook in every challenge, and lived to achieve forging teamwork and delivering excellence.

From Jeppe High School for boys to establishing the Honda brand in South Africa and leading the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce to finally being invited to be the ARMSCOR Chairman he served to the best of his ability always putting himself last.

During this period he served in the South African Airforce and then the Reserve force at Lt Colonel. Here again his passion led him to be appointed as Honorary Colonel to 44 Squadron when he had logged many hours during both peace and war.

Uncle Ron is greatly missed leaving behind a vortex of success, which is much admired by many people living life and work by the saying “Never leave your wingman”.

Atlantis invests in its Research and Development Capability

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Following the successful conclusion of Phase One of the contract to upgrade a semi knock-down High Velocity production line to a complete knock-down solution for a client in the Middle East, Atlantis decided to invest in expanding its research and development capability.

The strategic move to acquire AET under the Atlantis Specialist Technologies umbrella afforded Atlantis the opportunity to gain the services of additional highly-skilled engineers, thereby effectively increasing its R&D capability in the areas of Industry 4.0, Internet of Things (IoT), Compliant Robotics and Process Monitoring, as well as capabilities in industrial automation and design and build of process automation equipment.

Graeme Hulme-Jones was appointed as the General Manager of AST. Graeme’s global experience comes from his background in building services consultancy, capital projects engineering and turn-key project development at AET where he served as the owner and lead engineer.

He is joined by James Blakey-Milner and Joel Sousa. James is a qualified mechatronics engineer with significant experience in programming and embedded system development in multiple object orientated programming languages. Joel is a qualified mechanical engineer who specialises in conceptual and 3D design work.

Oyster BPLJ exhibiting at DSEI in London

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Oyster Ballistic Protected Life Jacket on show at DSEI with partner Zero industries as part of DTI initiative

DSEI – The World Leading Defence and Security Event
15 – 18 September 2015

As part of the Department of Trade and Industries on-going initiative to promote locally manufactured products in international markets, Zero Industries was once again invited to promote the Oyster Ballistic Protected Life Jacket (BPLJ) which was designed by Atlantis Specialist Technologies at DSEI, The World Leading Defence and Security event to be held from 15-18 September in ExCeL, London.

The Oyster BPLJ is key to the safety of maritime law enforcement and marines at sea or in riverine operations and allows operators not only ballistic protection but automatic inflation of the life vest should the crew member be injured or rendered unconscious.

In 2015, the DSEI is expecting more than 32 000 attendees which will include top level international military staff, major procurement officials, and the entire industry supply chain, from large prime contractors to supplying companies. DSEI has a proven track record of bringing the entire supply chain together on an unrivalled scale.

The DSEI will have six themed zones (Land Zone; Air Zone; Naval Zone; Security Zone; Unmanned Zone; and Medical Innovation Zone) in conjunction with an enhanced seminar programme and facilitated networking opportunities. A seminar theatre dedicated to global partnerships and helping business to make the most of export opportunities in new geographical markets is sure to be well-received by both the defence and security community.

Zero Industries will be part of the Dti Exhibition at Stand N3-110. For more information on the DSEI visit

Recognising Loyalty and Commitment

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Retaining your best employees is a challenge for any business, so when an employee achieves such a milestone it needs to be recognised and celebrated.

Study after study has shown that what workers want from their jobs is not more benefits or money – it is more recognition for work well done. People tend to think pay is the biggest motivator, but pay rarely corresponds closely to overall satisfaction.

At Atlantis, we recognise that employees want to be noticed and respected for their contribution at work. This year the management decided to start an Employee Recognition Programme whereby employees with a long-standing service history would be given some recognition for their dedication and commitment in helping to create the successful business that Atlantis is today.

The theme for award programme was gold – the perfect colour to symbolise success, achievement and triumph. The first recipients of the more than 5 years of dedicated service were Lane Groenewald and Marc Blackbeard. Both employees were issued with beautifully designed golden certificates and ¼ Golden Kruger Rands.

Well done Marc and Lane, we hope Atlantis will continue to bear the fruits of your hard work!

Team building at its best

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A fun-filled afternoon of escapism at Hint Hunt at the Old Biscuit Mill.

Every business owner knows that a cohesive team is imperative to the success of any project. In today’s times employees are urged to work smarter and not just harder, in an effort to deliver the desired results. Though it definitely contributes in its own way, individual brilliance does not singlehandedly decide the fate of an entire project. Almost always, it is the joint efforts (or the lack thereof) of the whole team that eventually decide the success or failure of a project. As the well-known saying goes “there is no I in team work!”

With this in mind, Atlantis organised a fun-filled afternoon of escapism at Hint Hunt, situated in the heart of the vibrant Old Biscuit Mill – the hangout of South Africa’s most talented, innovative designers, artists, photographers, and connoisseurs of fine taste and décor.

HintHunt® is a new simple and fun live escape game, designed for small groups of 3-5 people. You get 60 minutes to climb a mountain of puzzles and mysteries in a tiny room. The goal is simple yet challenging: GET OUT IN TIME!

Success rate is low with only 40% making it out of the room in the allotted time. Of course the Atlantis has the best and brightest and one of our teams made it out with 1:29 to spare! Better luck next time to the losing team whose 5 min time penalty cost them dearly.

Röhrs High-stress Technical Springs

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Atlantis was recently awarded the South African agency for innovative German company RÖHRS to market its full range of spring products. The move was part of the company’s strategy for expansion into global markets.

Since 1919, RÖHRS has been supplying highly stressed technical springs to clients expecting high dynamic stresses, consistent static load under temperature or reliable corrosion resistance. The company’s spring technology can be found in the fields of defence and weapon technology as well as in machine tool construction, tool clamping technology, aeronautics, automotive and medical technology.

Multi-wire springs

RÖHRS multi-wire springs are designed in accordance with specific requirements and are used as compression, torsion, tension and form springs in cases where single-wire springs made of round, flat or square wire could fail due to high dynamic frequencies and high-impulse stresses, or could not guarantee the operational safety.

Major advantages include:
· Absorption of high impact velocities and peak loads;
· Absorption of high dynamic frequencies;
· Excellent damping features;
· Optimisation of damping and gliding features plus durability by means of optimal thermoplastic coating;
· Optimum use of material in the cross-section of the wire by converting torsion into tensile stresses;
· High operational safety since the spring is virtually unaffected by breakages within the strand;
· High deflections possible, even using smaller outer diameters; and
· Flat spring characteristic, increasing progressively when close to solid length.

Other RÖHRS products include:
· Schraubentellerfeder spring assemblies
· Compression springs
· Tension springs
· Torsion springs
· Spring combinations

Atlantis is available for technical advice pertaining to design and applications of spring technology and will work in conjunction with RÖHRS to find solutions for unusual specifications. The process does not only stop at the level of the individual spring; more than that RÖHRS can develop and produce systems applications which range from entire assembly groups up to components for a complete construction.

For more information, contact Callie Smit on 062 199 0852 or for more detailed information.

AST acquires Electronic Systems Designer

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Atlantis is proud to announce that Cobus Malan has joined the ranks as the latest member of the ever growing team at AMMS.

Cobus brings with him a wealth of experience in electro-mechanical systems. He started his career in the SAAF as an aircraft engineer specialising in helicopters. After 7 years of loyal service, he then moved on to constructing, installing and commissioning telemetry systems, followed by stints in the clothing and access control industries which further progressed him to advanced electronic system design where he become a board level designer of controllers for OEM applications. Atlantis looks forward to reaping the benefits of your work Cobus.