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The safety and welfare of military personnel is always a top priority, but sometimes that goal puts manufacturing focus on the end product instead of the process. In the case of engineering critical-use, injection-molded parts for military applications, the design holds the key to many benefits the end product will deliver.
Today’s military is more technologically advanced than at any other point in history. This presents many advantages in strategizing for, equipping and executing missions; however, there are also some challenges.
When military/defense contractors seek a complex injection molder to manufacture, sell or distribute goods or service covered under the United States Munitions List (USML), or supply components to goods covered under the USML, verifying that the molder is International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) certified/compliant is a top priority.
Today’s military mission-readiness is heavily dependent on technology, necessitating product reliability and extended life cycles that far exceed the typical 18 months of consumer electronics — sometimes into decades.
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has long faced the dilemma of balancing the safety and welfare of military personnel with the need for reducing the weight of armed forces gear and equipment.
For the first time in over a decade, the United States Army is winding down contingency operations. Army Material Command (AMC) executives are assessing supplier relationships and strategically choosing to continue those that can provide necessary components for ground and weapon systems, communications equipment and armed forces gear without disrupting the Army’s supply chain.
Today’s military is deployed around the world, and that requires defense/safety contractors to develop equipment that performs in a variety of environments and situations. They’re increasingly considering plastic materials for military applications, but developing solutions isn’t without complexities.
Tough. Durable. Reliable. Three words often applied to today’s military and public safety personnel also describe the gear they need in the field.
Light weighting for military applications has been a key focus for many defense contractors. Significant strides have been made in converting many components of armed forces gear from metal to plastic, reducing per-soldier equipment loads by as much as 50% while allowing service members to remain lithe, agile – and, above all, safe – when engaged in maneuvers or combat.