ShotStop’s Duritium™ Technology Takes Poly Plates to a Whole New Level

ShotStop’s Duritium™ Technology Takes Poly Plates to a Whole New Level

Stow, Ohio - November 2017: When it comes to poly body armor plates, the primary advantage is packing a powerful defense with minimal weight and bulk. ShotStop Ballistics has developed a patented technology that has established a new standard for comfortable, lightweight, multi-hit NIJ III+ protection.

Duritium Ballistic Technology

The secret? ShotStop’s patented Duritium™ technology results in a 30 percent reduction in thickness and weight when compared to the next best poly plate on the market at the same NIJ III+ protection level. In many cases, the Duritium-based plate is up to half as thick as other comparable stand-alone poly plates. This means your officers in the field have the same level of protection with much less bulk and weight for dramatically improved comfort and general mobility.

The strength of Shotstop’s Duritium™ technology also allows the company to offer a 10-year warranty on its armor plates, whereas the industry standard is typically five years. When compared to the inexpensive and heavy ceramic plates on the market, this warranty is essential, as there is no potential of cracking during ownership.

All of this leads to increased comfort, more piece of mind, and higher maneuverability...resulting in the likelihood of higher survivability in active threat situations.

For those looking at lightweight poly rifle plates for their next purchase of armor protection, considering ShotStop’s new ultra-light, ultra-thin, high protection plates is a smart move.

About ShotStop Ballistics, LLC

ShotStop Ballistics, LLC manufactures body armor plates, ballistics protection materials, and other ballistics technologies that are currently certified to National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Levels IIIA, III and IV. All ShotStop products are made in the USA using its patented Duritium™ Technology. To learn more about body armor plates, Duritium™ Technology, or ShotStop Ballistics’ full range of products, contact us here or call 800-986-0795.

Manufacturing Processes For Competitive Advantage

Manufacturing Processes For Competitive Advantage

When developing the manufacturing processes for a new product, it is common to follow the same methods as similar products. In the case of ballistics armor plates, the common method of manufacturing is compression molding. This process consists of two steel plates with one or more cavities to produce the final product. The raw material is placed in the cavity and the plates are clamped together under high pressure and heated to a specified temperature. This method is effective but does not allow for large improvements in cycle time and productivity.

A different approach has been employed by ShotStop Ballistics®. In addition to our patented Duritium® technology, which allows a thinner and lighter ballistics plate to achieve the same performance as traditional plates, a proprietary mold heating and cooling process was developed. This process allows for faster cycle times, which translates to lower cost per part.

ShotStop also employs stack molding, which increases the number of parts per cycle. For example, one traditional two-plate compression mold will produce one part, while a four-plate compression mold will produce three more of the identical parts in the same amount of time. Stack molds are more expensive initially, but the increased production recovers the initial cost quickly. The size of the part being produced and the size of the molding press are the primary limiting factors when considering stack molding.

These approaches to production help ShotStop provide a superior product at a lower cost to the consumer.

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Capewell Aerial Systems announces ShotStop® affiliation

Capewell Aerial Systems announces ShotStop® affiliation

MEADOWS OF DAN, VIRGINIA.  Capewell Aerial Systems has finalized a deal to become a global master stocking distributor for ShotStop ballistic armor plates.  Capewell will also collaborate on marketing and branding for the ShotStop brand. The primary target markets to be covered are military, law enforcement and homeland security.

ShotStop armor plates are based on a new, patented polymer technology called Duritium® that has proven to reduce the weight and thickness of the stand-alone NIJ III poly plates by as much as 30% from the next best poly plate alternative on the market today. ShotStop plates weigh about 1/3 of similarly sized ceramic plates and about 1/5 of similarly sized steel plates. Because it is both lighter weight, thinner in profile and not as fragile as ceramic technologies at same protection levels, ShotStop’s Duritium® polymer is poised to replace most ballistic plates in common use today for high-powered rifle protection. In addition, ShotStop plates will be made available to manufacturers wishing to incorporate them into new state of the art vests.

Capewell considers ShotStop plates to be highly viable commercially not only because they provide an enhanced level of protection, but they also enable the wearer to be lighter on their feet, have less bulk, and be more comfortable in active duty. In addition, the Duritium® polymer is positively buoyant—which provides big advantages vs steel or ceramic for marine and aquatic operations.  One of the principal benefits of ShotStop plates is their improved multi-hit protection. While ceramic plates are typically compromised by the first hit, ShotStop polymer plates stand up to multiple direct hits within close proximity of each impact yielding superior survivability and peace of mind knowing for certain that the active rifle plate isn't cracked---which is always a concern with common ceramic plates. The proof of protection level can be clearly seen on the ShotStop website where a single 0.6” plate weighing only 2 lbs is shot from 10 feet with 51 rounds with no penetration: WATCH VIDEO

Capewell Aerial Systems president John Marcaccio commented, “We expect ShotStop plates to become the world standard within the next five years as the buying cycles are completed. Better protection, lighter weight, and competitive pricing is a hard combination to beat. And the technology is highly protected with multiple patents and trademarks secured, so we feel even more confident adding it to our product line.”

ShotStop founder Val Iliev said, “We don’t often find other companies that share our total dedication to quality and customer satisfaction—but we found one in Capewell Aerial Systems. They are well-connected----and well-respected---in the markets we want to reach—and we are counting on them to deliver value-added responsiveness and personalized service for these critical customers.”

About Capewell Aerial Systems, LLC

CAS manufactures and distributes a large array of safety and tactical products for military, law enforcement, homeland security and aviation. The company has been a long-time supplier to all branches of the US military, major police forces and search and rescue organizations worldwide. Capewell manufactures hundreds of highly specialized safety and tactical products including survival vests, flotation collars, parachute components, airdrop systems, rescue hooks and crew restraints. In addition to the ShotStop line, Capewell also distributes GENTEX aircrew helmets and Aqua Lung emergency breathing systems.

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Ballistics Failure Analysis

Ballistics Failure Analysis

Best practice to address ballistics failure analyses with CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) to solve the performance challenges in armor projects.

When designing a ballistics solution for body armor or other applications, there are many approaches to achieve a certain level of protection. One method may be to copy an existing solution as closely as possible, then physically test to see if the desired results are achieved. Another is to develop prototypes by calculating strength and again physically test. Both methods are prone to errors and multiple tests are expensive.

A third option is to design the ballistics solution using a modern Computer Aided Design (CAD) program. There are several programs available with varying features and price points. These also include basic simulation with more advanced simulation available as an add-in. If necessary, the CAD model can be imported onto a stand-alone simulation application.

It is important that the correct material properties be applied to the CAD model. Material density, Poisson’s ratio and modulus of elasticity (Young’s modulus) should be included in the material properties. If these properties are incorrectly entered, the product may not perform as expected even though the simulation may indicate otherwise.

It is best practice to run basic simulation early in the design process. This will provide insight in product weight, indicate if the specified material is suitable, and identify areas that do not meet a specified factor of safety.  If the simulation fails or the product is too heavy, other materials and thickness may be tested. It is possible to test several design iterations without expensive prototypes and physical testing.

Once the design passes the basic simulation test it may be desirable to use advanced simulation. This can identify areas where less material may be used or other areas that may reduce production costs, as well as identifying possible performance issues not seen with basic simulation. This information can be used to produce a high performing product at the lowest possible cost, benefiting the manufacturer and the consumer.

The use of Computer Aided Engineering and simulation is widely used in virtually every industry, with advances in capability almost daily. These products and techniques will produce products that will save lives in police, military and civilian applications.

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ShotStop Looks to Revolutionize Bulletproof Materials

ShotStop Looks to Revolutionize Bulletproof Materials

ballistic armor plates

If Stow is lucky, it has the next Stephanie Kwolek working as an entrepreneur and engineer in a small lab and offices just off Darrow Road.

Kwolek, of course, is the inventor off Kevlar, which today is used in everything from tires (its intended purpose) to protective racing gear, armored panels and most of the armored vests and clothing on which military and police forces have come to rely.

But Vall Iliev hopes to improve on Kwolek’s work and even surpass her technology altogether.

Iliev is the founder and owner of Stow-based ShotStop Ballistics, and for years, he’s been working with bulletproof technologies...