MIL-Systems has been operating in Melbourne since 1985 to provide system engineering and product design services to the Australian defence industry.
Since 1992 MIL-Systems has specialised in the design of switch mode power supplies and battery backup systems. In 1994 MIL-Systems started manufacturing its own designs of specialised high value power supplies for the military and communications markets. The power supplies range from 10W to 1.5kW, providing ac/dc and dc/dc conversion for fixed indoor/outdoor and mobile ground/air installations.
MIL-Systems is located in West Footscray Victoria, 5km from the centre of Melbourne. MIL-Systems’ office and laboratory accommodates a staff of 17 including engineers, technicians and assemblers. Between them, MIL-Systems’ engineers have more than 150 years experience designing power electronics products with training and experience in international and Australian companies such as Honeywell, Thales (Thorn-EMI) UK, Celab Power UK, Legrand France and Nemic Lambda Japan.
The facility includes a well-equipped research and development laboratory, a radio frequency (RF) screened room, an environmental test chamber, 115Vac 400Hz aircraft supply and an electro-mechanical workshop. The manufacturing area includes plant and equipment for final assembly, test and burn in of MIL-Systems’ products.
Small-volume, high-quality printed circuit boards (PCB) are hand loaded and soldered at MIL-Systems. Sub-contractors are used to load and solder surface-mount device (SMD) parts and perform high-volume wave soldering. These sub-contractors are trained in special areas by MIL-Systems and only use the solder alloys and fluxes specified by MIL-Systems. MIL-Systems performs the final assembly, test and quality control of all its products.
The MIL-Systems’ quality system was set up to meet the requirements for military projects. The Army, AWADI and British Aerospace have assisted this process and inspected MIL-Systems to “meet the purposes and intent of MIL-STD-973 Configuration Management”. In addition to MIL-STD-973, MIL Systems has adopted many elements of the ISO 9001 quality system and has a longer term plan to integrate the two systems in a cost effective way.