Centennial, Colorodo -- Skydex Technologies, which develops innovative technologies for mitigating shock, vibration and energy for demanding applications, says it has completed multiple contracts valued at over $650 000 for its Impact Mitigating Boat Deck (IMBD) product this year.
Skydex IMBD was installed in RABs (Riverine Assault Boat) and RHIBs (Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat) used by the US Navy's Riverine Patrol Squadrons and the Coast Guard's Harbor Safety Patrol.
IMBD is "uniquely designed to absorb energy transmitted through boat hulls crashing into waves during high- speed manoeuvring, protecting occupants on the boat," according to Skydex.
In a survey of Special Operations craft operators, 62 percent eported injuries during manoeuvring operations. Skydex says its patented, geometrically designed thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) technology acts as a spring to absorb impacts and vibrations that would normally transfer directly through the boat deck to the occupant's feet and legs, causing fatigue, discomfort and injury.
"Skydex's start in shock-mitigating materials was with boat decking. Our IMBD is the best solution to protecting our sailors from the powerful, repeated impacts experienced while working on the decks of these fast attack boats," said Skydex president and ceo Mike Buchen. "Our mission as a company is to continue to create products that will protect our troops, whether on land or sea."
One of Skydex's other shock mitigating products - Skydex Convoy Deck - has been used in more than 13 000 Mine Resistant Ambush (MRAP) vehicles to protect crewmembers from IED blasts. Independent testing shows that in a typical IED blast, the Convoy Deck reduces the chances of injury from 100 percent to about 10 percent. The product is now standard equipment in new Oshkosh All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATVs) and GDLS-C MRAP.
Skydex Technologies uses its patented, twin-hemisphere TPU design in multiple lines of products to protect troops from harmful impacts and vibration. The TPU technology has proven far more effective and far more resilient than foam products in a wide array of applications - from convoy decking to high impact boat decking to combative wall surfaces to vehicle and helicopter seating to ballistic helmet pads and body protection, says the company.