Body Armor Warranty Makes a BIG Difference

Body Armor Warranty Makes a BIG Difference

Body Armor Warranty Makes a BIG Difference

If you've read any recent articles published by ShotStop, you’ve probably heard by now about the value of a warranty as it relates to your body armor. We receive many questions from customers seeking additional information related to our warranties - why they are so important and why our warranties are potentially different than what you typically see in the body armor industry today. We’ve put together a brief example of why we believe a warranty is a very important component when exploring the proper solution for body armor.

Typically, an administration or public entity is responsible for selecting the body armor solution that will justify the designated dollars provided to their local police department. The decision-making process usually involves the following questions:  

  • What is the stopping power? 
  • How much does it weigh? 
  • How thick is it (in consideration of the carrier system)?
  • How much does it cost? 

Although that decision-making approach is very efficient and can lead to a solid decision, it doesn’t address the more specific details that should be considered when purchasing body armor

Do Not Overlook the Warranty

One element often overlooked is the warranty. In fact, we hear from clients that there is an expected warranty of 5 years with a midterm examination ensuring the plates are within warranty specs and have no hairline fractures or deformations.  For us, we look at the warranty as “product life.” Warranties represent how long a product is going to be in service. In our case, and in the case of rifle body armor, your warranty decides how long your officers can truly be using this product with full confidence before it has to be replaced regardless of quality. 

Let’s break down an example of how a product warranty or “product life,” impacts the overall business decision. Let’s say there are two options:

Option 1 is a ceramic shooter’s cut 10x12 NIJ Level III plate very common in the industry. It ranges in cost from $250 to $350 based upon specifics. 

Option 2 is a polyethylene (poly) plate shooter’s cut 10x12 NIJ Level III+ with polyethylene material. Cost is right around $500 per plate.

The product life/warranty for the ceramic plate is 5 years with the required midterm x-ray examination. The average warranty length for products developed from ShotStop is 10 to 15 years. To supply a crew of 20 officers with a front and back plate would total 40 Plates.

With the previously mentioned ceramic option, the total investment cost is around $12,000.

With the poly plates, the total investment is approximately $20,000.

After 5 years the ceramic plates will need to be replaced. If the agency decided not to upgrade and purchased the exact same plates and quantity as before, they would be looking at an additional $12,000 which makes the total investment $24,000 (not including the administrative cost of an additional procurement process).

If the agency had purchased poly plates, they would still have 5 (and potentially 10) more years without having to engage in a new round of proposals and lengthy reviews. 

So, there is actually savings and a logical business decision since you’re buying plates that are on average 30% lighter than the best of ceramic, with better multi-hit stopping power. Thinner, lighter poly plates are more comfortable and remove the need for ongoing examination or concerns that the product is going to give them the protection they need. Therefore, it seems very logical to save $4,000 over the product life cycle and obtain a better product lasting 10 years.

Yes, warranty is king and deserves serious consideration when it comes to choosing your body armor solution. If you need more information to lead you in the right direction in making this extremely important decision, contact us.

The Best Body Armor for Law Enforcement

The Best Body Armor for Law Enforcement

The Best Body Armor for Law Enforcement

Comparing Body Armor Types: Steel vs. Ceramic vs. Polyethylene Plates

Whether you serve on a police squad, sheriff’s department, or SWAT team in a large city where violence and active threats arise daily or you’re in a smaller community that rarely sees such action, you’ve likely considered the question: What’s the best body armor for my needs?

We conducted extensive, in-depth conversations with a number of law enforcement officers who are constantly investigating how to best protect themselves in gun related active threat scenarios. There are many distinct differences within the body armor industry: Exactly how do armor options compare to each other? What armor materials make the most sense for a specific situation? What materials are strongest? Which ones are lightest? The list goes on and on. 

ShotStop® Ballistics focuses mostly on polyethylene and alloy/composite armor and completely understands that we're not the right fit for every armor need. To determine which solution is best for you, we believe breaking down the best body armor for law enforcement options will help in your decision. Before we identify each specific armor type and weigh the pros and cons, it's important to note the factors we consider essential when evaluating ballistic armor solutions.

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We evaluate all body armor based upon:

- Stopping Power: What National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and other third party ratings do the body armor plates qualify for?

- Weight: How heavy, restrictive, and cumbersome is the armor?

- Comfort: Are the plates comfortable to wear or do they create bulk and restrict movement?

- Cost: What is the overall cost of the plates especially when keeping all key variables like weight and thickness in mind?

- Warranty: What is the warranty (number of years) and what requirements exist to ensure the warranty can be enacted? We often consider the warranty the “product’s life.”

Considering the above factors, ask yourself these three questions to decide what’s the best body armor for you or your department:    

1. How often do you need/want to have rifle protection? 

Different positions or roles will offer different answers to this question. As a SWAT team officer or K9 Handler, for example, you may be wearing body armor frequently or possibly even every day. In this case, weight and comfort are critical. You have soft body armor that you wear every day and need hard plates when in an active shooter situation. Wearing armor every day over the course of a career can ultimately add thousands of pounds of wear and tear over the days, weeks, months, and years, impacting your back, knees, hips, ankles, neck, and joints over a long period. Plus, the lighter the weight, the greater your stamina and maneuverability during intense active threat scenarios. 

On the other side of the equation, for a police officer or private security individual who doesn’t face active shooter scenarios and life-threatening situations frequently, comfort and weight might take a backseat to stopping power, budget, and product lifetime value. 

2. What specific threats do you need/want to be protected from? 

If you’re a police officer, sheriff, or commissioner looking for the best body armor solutions for your department, it’s important to consider the increasing likelihood of facing “green tip” (and M855 A1) rounds, which only special-threat NIJ Level III+ armor can stop. 

3. How often do you need/want to replace or update your body armor solution?

Warranties should be considered “product life expectations” for body armor. In our research, the average warranty for body armor is around five years. The warranty (or how long the product is designed to keep you safe) is of utmost importance. We strongly suggest looking closely at the warranty, as it may not only address the effectiveness of the body armor plate, but it can also affect your overall investment by 20, 30 or even 50 percent when there is a longer warranty. 

For example:

If the “product life” (warranty) of a polyethylene plate is twice that of a ceramic plate (say, ten years instead of five), ultimately, you’ll be paying just as much for the product that expires in five years since you’ll have to buy a new plate that lasts another five years, even though it costs half up front.

- 5-Year Warranty: Single Ceramic Plate Cost is $250  5 year “Product Lifetime” = $50/year

- 10-Year Warranty: Single Poly Plate Cost is $500  10 year “Product Lifetime” = $50/year

Now for the different types of armor (US produced):

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There are 3 Different Types of Body Armor in the Market Today with Multiple Variations

Steel Body Armor

Steel body armor is cost effective, extremely heavy, and very uncomfortable for frequent wear. If you don’t wear armor often, this option can be a good, budget-conscious fit. The warranty is five years on average, however it could last up to 20 years with proper care. Some manufacturers report their steel armor products have eliminated spalling, deflection, and fragmentation issues, but at some bullet impact angles, this risk remains.

Ceramic Body Armor

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Ceramic body armor reduces weight when compared with steel; however, spalling, ricocheting and crack risks during daily wear and tear remain a concern. Since ceramic body armor is layered in ceramic tile, it often cannot sustain multiple shots. “Micro fractures” (cracks) to ceramic, which spread sporadically on the strike face, can compromise ceramic armor. Newer (higher priced) ceramic plate designs utilize a matrix design that separates the ceramic face into individual blocks to help reduce the ‘glass crack’ effect. Reviews have been mixed on the effectiveness of the matrix face design. As with any newer technology, it may be prudent to do your own agency range testing. For these reasons, wearers of ceramic body armor plates have to be extra careful they don’t drop them or place something too heavy on them. Due to the fragile nature of ceramic, most manufacturers require proof of midterm x-ray for warranty compliance. 

Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) or Polyethylene Body Armor

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UHMWPE is the latest advancement in body armor. Polyethylene (poly) technology offers the best protection at the lowest weight, thinnest, and greatest warranty (“product life”) over other materials. The drawback of poly plates is that the cost per plate is typically higher than steel and can often be more expensive as than ceramic alternatives; however, this price differentiation is decreasing as the development of poly and other alloy composites improves. It’s important to also consider how much the warranty factors into the overall lifetime cost of ownership of the plates. (See example in the Warranty section above.)

We hope the information here gives you the tools necessary to choose the best body armor for your specific situation. At ShotStop, we believe that knowledge, along with innovative technology, will help to prevent the unimaginable happening and we offer that extra confidence that you’ll make it home safe.

We really want to hear from you! 

- Did this information help you select the right body armor solution? 

- If you applied this information, what points did you find most helpful? 

- What other questions do you have related to body armor?

Let us know. You can email us at info@shotstop.com

ShotStop Develops Bulletproof Backpack Insert that Stops the Infamous AR-15

ShotStop Develops Bulletproof Backpack Insert that Stops the Infamous AR-15

ShotStop Develops Bulletproof Backpack Insert that Stops the Infamous AR-15 and AK-47

A little more than two months after the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida, ShotStop® Ballistics introduces two new products that would have saved lives that dreadful day. 

Stow, Ohio, USA, May 1, 2018 – Following the February 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead, bulletproof backpacks and backpack inserts received a lot of attention across the country. But, the question that always came up was, “Will it stop an AR-15?” (The gun used in the Parkland shooting and in most mass shootings in recent history.) And, at the time, the answer was almost always, “No.” 

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“Nearly every time we talked with someone – whether it was a concerned parent or a news reporter – the question about AR-15 came up,” said Jason Henkel, Director of Operations at ShotStop® Ballistics in Stow, Ohio. “It really bothered us that there wasn’t a truly lightweight option out there that would defeat a shot fired from an AR-15 or AK-47.”

ShotStop immediately began to focus on developing a solution that would ultimately keep kids safer in school, in public places, and in other areas where a potential threat may arise. And, in just over two months ShotStop has developed the lightest, thinnest, and strongest bulletproof backpack insert in the world. 

Under Two Pounds and a Half-Inch Thick…and Stops AR-15

ShotStop is always driven to do more than what’s expected, and its new BallisticBoard backpack insert is no different. Utilizing ShotStop's patented Duritium® technology, it is the world’s first rigid bulletproof backpack insert that stops the AR-15 and AK-47, weighs less than two pounds, and is around a half-inch thick. It's called the SSB-III-RA and retails for $299-349.

“There are other protective inserts out there,” explained Henkel. “But there’s nothing like our new BallisticBoard inserts. Absolutely nothing!” 

To ensure access to as many people as possible, ShotStop also developed a slightly heavier version called the SSB-III-RA2, which weighs a little more than 3.5 pounds and is just 0.9 inches thick. The RA2 comes in around $200. At that price, it's the least expensive bulletproof backpack insert under 4 pounds.

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Civilian Body Armor Becomes “Normal”

While 100 percent of parents would say they would rather not send their child to school with a bulletproof backpack, that same 100 percent would absolutely agree that they would do just about anything to keep their children safe – at school or wherever they may be. 

In the wake of the shooting at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the idea of putting a bulletproof insert into a student’s backpack became commonplace as parents scrambled to respond to concerns about school safety. A few days after the Parkland shooting, one father in Ohio had decided to place a ShotStop soft bulletproof insert into his son’s backpack, and the next day a would-be-shooter happened to walk into Jackson Township High School where his boy attends. Luckily the threat was avoided that day, but parents began to have second thoughts about the safety of their kids in schools.

Several New Developments in School Safety

  • Several school districts have reached out to ShotStop and are considering purchasing the backpack inserts as a school asset to assign out to students at the beginning of the school year for return at the end of the year. 
  • ShotStop is in talks with a school safety-consulting group about how it can use ShotStop’s BallisticBoard material to convert standard school equipment – desks, bookshelves, doors – into bulletproof items to use as cover in an active shooter situation.
  • BallisticBoard inserts also fit in computer bags and purses, not just in backpacks.

“The goal at ShotStop has always been to save more lives,” said Henkel. “And while we didn’t start out thinking we’d be making bulletproof backpack inserts, the unfortunate truth in today’s world is that a product like this is needed and parents are asking for it.”

Find out more at http://www.ShotStop.com/ballisticboard, or call 800-986-0795 or 1-330-686-0020. 

About ShotStop Ballistics

U.S.-based ShotStop Ballistics is developing the lightest, thinnest, and strongest advanced armor technologies in the world. From body armor plates and armored vehicle protection, to its innovative BallisticBoard® material and custom armor solutions, ShotStop Ballistics is leading the way in improving the protection of our police, military, special forces, S.W.A.T., security personnel, and more. With technical expertise that spans more than 35 years (see Vallmar Engineering), the ShotStop team brings together engineers, Ph.D.’s, chemists, product developers, and ballistic specialists, to create ballistic technology that saves lives, reduces physical encumbrance, and maximizes performance. ShotStop consistently uses independent and federally accredited ballistic labs, including the Department of Defense and National Institute of Justice, to ensure ShotStop armor provides our servicemen and women with the best possible protection. Contact ShotStop Ballistics at www.ShotStop.com, call 800-986-0795/1-330-686-0020, email info@shotstop.com, or write to 1000 Campus Dr., Suite 300, Stow, Ohio 44262.

ShotStop Ballistics Receives Military Critical Data Certification

ShotStop Ballistics Receives Military Critical Data Certification

New access levels to allow better understanding of military requirements related to body armor and ballistic protection for troops.

Stow, Ohio, USA, March 28, 2018 -- ShotStop® Ballistics, LLC, developer of the lightest, thinnest, and strongest advanced armor technologies in the world was recently awarded military critical data certification providing access to essential information in order to be able to participate in defense contracts thus maximizing the ballistic protection needs of our troops.

Based outside of Akron, Ohio - the center of polymer research and technology development on a global scale - ShotStop’s location ensures access to both top minds in the industry as well as the resources to continue to develop its patented Duritium® technology. ShotStop’s team of leading polymer experts work in highly stringent laboratory environments to develop proprietary technologies that manipulate polymer molecules, resulting in its patented processes.

ShotStop’s roots go all the way back to 1984 when its engineering team began developing innovative solutions for clients ranging from the military to consumer injection molding companies to structural architects. Over the last eight years, ShotStop has focused on developing its patented processes and materials with the intention of shaking up the ballistics industry, which hasn’t seen highly-disruptive innovations in more than 30 years.

What is Duritium?

Duritium is a combination of process and material, which includes a computer navigated layering of polyethylene sheets with several patented (and patent pending) variables that allow ShotStop’s body armor to be thinner, lighter, and more durable than anything else on the market in same technology class. Utilizing Duritium technology often results in a 25 to 30 percent reduction in thickness and weight, compared to the next best solution on the market at the same protection level. In many cases, for example, rifle plates made with Duritium technology are roughly half as thick as other comparable stand-alone plates. This means personnel in the field can have the same protection level with much less bulk and weight, dramatically improving comfort, mobility and mission success.

Lighter, Thinner, Stronger Body Armor

ShotStop focuses its development efforts on not only meeting industry standards but also exceeding them. Before introducing any body armor product to the market, ShotStop's ballistics engineering team tests each plate through independent and accredited ballistic laboratories to successfully achieve the standards set by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). It then goes beyond the basic standards and tests to “failure,” ensuring the product is capable of exceeding those standards as well. 

The company is currently developing more life-saving products that will push the boundaries of what is expected from body armor plates -- thinner, lighter, and stronger than anything else in the world.

Find out more at www.ShotStop.com, or call 800-986-0795 or 1-330-686-0020.

About ShotStop Ballistics

U.S.-based ShotStop Ballistics is developing the lightest, thinnest, and strongest advanced armor technologies in the world. From body armor plates and armored vehicle protection, to its innovative BallisticBoard® material and custom armor solutions, ShotStop Ballistics is leading the way in improving the protection of our police, military, special forces, S.W.A.T., security personnel, and more. With technical expertise that spans more than 35 years, the ShotStop team brings together engineers, Ph.D.’s, chemists, product developers, and ballistic specialists, to create ballistic technology that saves lives, reduces physical encumbrance, and maximizes performance. ShotStop consistently uses independent and federally accredited ballistic labs, including the Department of Defense and National Institute of Justice, to ensure ShotStop armor provides our servicemen and women with the best possible protection. Contact ShotStop Ballistics at www.ShotStop.com, call 800-986-0795/1-330-686-0020, email info@shotstop.com, or write to 1000 Campus Dr., Suite 300, Stow, Ohio 44262.

ShotStop Ballistics announces its Duritium IV+HS Body Armor Plate stops six rounds of armor piercing (M2AP) bullets.

ShotStop Ballistics announces its Duritium IV+HS Body Armor Plate stops six rounds of armor piercing (M2AP) bullets.

Exceeds the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Level IV performance standard required by the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice and the European/Middle East CEN FB/BR7 standard.

Stow, Ohio, USA, January 15, 2018 -- ShotStop® Ballistics, LLC, developer of the lightest, thinnest, and strongest advanced armor technologies in the world, recently introduced its Duritium IV+HS, a 5.5-pound, 0.9 -inch thick, Level IV body armor plate. Duritium IV+HS armor is ShotStop's first plate designed to meet and exceed the NIJ's highest threat protection level.

When it comes to stopping bullets, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Level IV is the highest rated level of threat protection for body armor. Level IV body armor must effectively stop at least one armor piercing (AP) round, to meet NIJ standards.

Two independent tests recently confirmed that ShotStop's Duritium IV+HS armor successfully defeated six rounds of 7.62 x 51 M2AP (Armor Piercing) without penetration and minimal back-face deformation. In one of those tests, the plate was shot from just 15 feet away with all six rounds.

"Stopping two AP rounds would be impressive," said Special Deputy Larry Moore of the Wood County Sheriff’s Office. "The fact that this plate stopped six rounds from that proximity is unheard of."

To confirm each test, both were caught on video and can be found on YouTube at https://YouTu.be/YU7rqMpWUT0 and https://youtu.be/u7i_ccBDu08.

"What really got me excited," said Matt Schaefer of Tactical Defense Training, "was that three of the six rounds I shot at the plate were in very close proximity to each other and it still stopped all of them."

Lighter, Thinner, Stronger Body Armor

ShotStop focuses its development efforts on not only meeting NIJ standards, but exceeding them. Before introducing any plate to the market, ShotStop's ballistics engineering team tests each plate through independent NIJ-accredited ballistics laboratories to successfully achieve the standards set by the NIJ. It then goes beyond the basic standards and tests to “failure,” to ensure the plate is fully capable of exceeding those standards as well. 

"If the standard is one round, we will shoot it three or more times just to be safe," said Vall Iliev, founder of ShotStop Ballistics. "We make products that save lives; we don't take that lightly."

ShotStop's patented Duritium® technology, a proprietary stack molding process, is what allows its body armor to be thinner, lighter, and more durable than anything else on the market. Utilizing Duritium technology often results in a 30-percent reduction in thickness and weight, compared to the next best plate on the market at the same protection level. In many cases, plates made with Duritium technology are up to half as thick as other comparable stand-alone plates. This means personnel in the field can have the same protection level with much less bulk and weight, thereby benefitting from dramatically improved comfort and mobility.

The Duritium IV+HS armor is just the beginning for ShotStop in NIJ Level IV protection. The company is currently developing more life-saving products that will push the boundaries of what is expected from body armor plates -- thinner, lighter, and stronger than anything else in the world.

Find out more at www.ShotStop.com, or call 800-986-0795 or 1-330-686-0020.

About ShotStop Ballistics

U.S.-based ShotStop Ballistics is developing the lightest, thinnest, and strongest advanced armor technologies in the world. From body armor plates and armored vehicle protection, to its innovative BallisticBoard® material and custom armor solutions, ShotStop Ballistics is leading the way in improving the protection of our police, military, special forces, S.W.A.T., security personnel, and more. With technical expertise that spans more than 35 years, the ShotStop team brings together engineers, Ph.D.’s, chemists, product developers, and ballistic specialists, to create ballistic technology that saves lives, reduces physical encumbrance, and maximizes performance. ShotStop consistently uses independent and federally accredited ballistic labs, including the Department of Defense and National Institute of Justice, to ensure ShotStop armor provides our servicemen and women with the best possible protection. Contact ShotStop Ballistics at www.ShotStop.com, call 800-986-0795/1-330-686-0020, email info@shotstop.com, or write to 1000 Campus Dr., Suite 300, Stow, Ohio 44262.

ShotStop Ballistics Founder Helping to Set Standards for Homeland Security through ASTM International

ShotStop Ballistics Founder Helping to Set Standards for Homeland Security through ASTM International

December 2017 – Stow, Ohio: Made up of 30,000 members worldwide, ASTM International is an organization that “impacts public health and safety, consumer confidence, and overall quality of life.” Its members from more than 150 countries are responsible for creating and updating standards across all areas of the marketplace, including industry, government, academia, trade groups, consumers, and others.

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ASTM International members participate in about 150 committees and more than 2,000 subcommittees, meeting face-to-face and virtually, to develop standards; the organization then publishes those standards shortly thereafter.

Vall Iliev, founder of ShotStop® Ballistics, LLC, was recently asked to participate in several of these subcommittees. Recognized in the industry as a ballistics subject matter expert, Vall has been involved with ballistic material development and other engineering innovations since 1984. His experience in the area of ballistic protection and standards development enabled Iliev to gain the trust of ASTM International.

Iliev currently serves on four subcommittees within the Committee on Homeland Security Applications:

  • Borders, Ports, and Transportation Systems
  • Advancing and Harnessing Science and Technology
  • Preparing for and Responding to National Emergencies
  • Protection of Critical Infrastructure

Meeting regularly with these subcommittees is a time-intensive effort, but it’s an effort that Mr. Iliev takes great pride in. “I’m pleased to be a part of this prestigious organization and excited to work with an amazing group of men and women to develop effective standards for the industry,” said Iliev.

To learn more about ASTM International, visit www.astm.org. And, for more information on the ballistic technology and products being developed by ShotStop, visit www.ShotStop.com.

 

About ShotStop Ballistics, LLC

U.S.-based ShotStop Ballistics is developing the lightest, thinnest, and strongest advanced armor technologies in the world. From body armor plates and armored vehicle protection to its innovative BallisticBoard® material and custom armor solutions, ShotStop Ballistics is leading the way in improving the protection of our police, military, special forces, S.W.A.T., security personnel, and more. With technical expertise that spans the last 35+ years, the ShotStop team brings together engineers, Ph.D.’s, chemists, product developers, and ballistic specialists to create ballistic technology that saves lives, reduces restriction, and maximizes performance. ShotStop consistently uses independent and federally accredited ballistic labs, including the Department of Defense and National Institute of Justice, to ensure ShotStop armor positions our servicemen and women with the best possible protection. Contact ShotStop Ballistics at www.ShotStop.com or call 800-986-0795.

BallisticBoard Offers Ballistic Protection in a Thin (.264 inches), Lightweight, Rigid or Soft Material

BallisticBoard Offers Ballistic Protection in a Thin (.264 inches), Lightweight, Rigid or Soft Material

In the first three quarters of 2017, the Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit organization that tracks shootings, reported more than 48,000 gun-related incidents in the U.S., including more than 12,000 deaths and 24,000 injuries. These striking statistics are magnified when news of mass shootings like the recent Las Vegas rampage take place.

Ohio-based ShotStop® Ballistics is fed up with these numbers - and the lives behind the numbers - and is dedicated to doing something about them. ShotStop, a manufacturer of body armor plates for the military, law enforcement, and special forces, has developed a thin, lightweight, ballistic resistant insert for backpacks, laptop bags, tablet cases, luggage and other personal bags.

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The BallisticBoard® civilian ballistic insert is a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Level IIIA insert developed and manufactured in the USA to withstand multiple shot impacts from handgun fire. ShotStop’s BallisticBoard civilian ballistic insert weighs just over one pound and turns an everyday bag into instant ballistic protection.

Other Uses for BallisticBoard

In addition to the ballistic insert, ShotStop’s BallisticBoard material can also be used to convert almost any surface into ballistic protection. It’s patented Duritium® Technology applies to retail environments, classroom/office doors and walls, desktops, and countertops, as well as automotive/vehicle protection.

“BallisticBoard was developed to save lives,” explains Jason Henkel, Director of Operations at ShotStop Ballistics. “Whether that means protecting a young child from a school intruder or a convenience store owner from a burglar, the focus is all about saving lives.”

The national gun-related incident numbers are definitely overwhelming, and reality says these numbers will not be improving in the near future. “In a world where someone can shoot at hundreds of concert-goers from a hotel window or walk into a mall and start shooting at random, it's time to take action in protecting ourselves and our loved ones,” says Henkel.

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About ShotStop Ballistics, LLC

U.S.-based ShotStop Ballistics is developing the lightest, thinnest, and strongest advanced armor technologies in the world. From body armor plates and armored vehicle protection to its innovative BallisticBoard® material and custom armor solutions, ShotStop Ballistics is leading the way in improving the protection of our police, military, special forces, S.W.A.T., security personnel, and more. With technical expertise that spans the last 35+ years, the ShotStop team brings together engineers, Ph.D.’s, chemists, product developers, and ballistic specialists to create ballistic technology that saves lives, reduces restriction, and maximizes performance. ShotStop consistently uses independent and federally accredited ballistic labs, including the Department of Defense and National Institute of Justice, to ensure ShotStop armor positions our servicemen and women with the best possible protection. Contact ShotStop Ballistics at www.ShotStop.com or call 800-986-0795.

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

U.S.-based ShotStop Ballistics is developing the lightest, thinnest, and strongest advanced armor technologies in the world. From body armor plates and armored vehicle protection to its innovative BallisticBoard® material and custom armor solutions, ShotStop Ballistics is leading the way in improving the protection of our police, military, special forces, S.W.A.T., security personnel, and more. With technical expertise that spans the last 35+ years, the ShotStop team brings together engineers, Ph.D.’s, chemists, product developers, and ballistic specialists to create ballistic technology that saves lives, reduces restriction, and maximizes performance. ShotStop consistently uses independent and federally accredited ballistic labs, including the Department of Defense and National Institute of Justice, to ensure ShotStop armor positions our servicemen and women with the best possible protection. Contact ShotStop Ballistics at www.ShotStop.com 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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About ShotStop Ballistics

U.S.-based ShotStop Ballistics is developing the lightest, thinnest, and strongest advanced armor technologies in the world. From body armor plates and armored vehicle protection to its innovative BallisticBoard® material and custom armor solutions, ShotStop Ballistics is leading the way in improving the protection of our police, military, special forces, S.W.A.T., security personnel, and more. With technical expertise that spans the last 35+ years, the ShotStop team brings together engineers, Ph.D.’s, chemists, product developers, and ballistic specialists to create ballistic technology that saves lives, reduces restriction, and maximizes performance. ShotStop consistently uses independent and federally accredited ballistic labs, including the Department of Defense and National Institute of Justice, to ensure ShotStop armor positions our servicemen and women with the best possible protection. Contact ShotStop Ballistics at www.ShotStop.com or call 800-986-0795.

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.

For more information, visit www.capewell.com and www.shotstop.com.           

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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About ShotStop Ballistics

U.S.-based ShotStop Ballistics is developing the lightest, thinnest, and strongest advanced armor technologies in the world. From body armor plates and armored vehicle protection to its innovative BallisticBoard® material and custom armor solutions, ShotStop Ballistics is leading the way in improving the protection of our police, military, special forces, S.W.A.T., security personnel, and more. With technical expertise that spans the last 35+ years, the ShotStop team brings together engineers, Ph.D.’s, chemists, product developers, and ballistic specialists to create ballistic technology that saves lives, reduces restriction, and maximizes performance. ShotStop consistently uses independent and federally accredited ballistic labs, including the Department of Defense and National Institute of Justice, to ensure ShotStop armor positions our servicemen and women with the best possible protection. Contact ShotStop Ballistics at www.ShotStop.com or call 800-986-0795.

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...