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BlastWrap bags Explosive deal
Florida-headquartered BlastGard International has signed a deal to provide US Explosive Storage with its BlastWrap blast mitigation technology for the insensitive munitions packaging of ammunition, ordnance, pyrotechnics and other explosive materials for military, governmental and commercial use. “This is a significant development,” says BlastGard chairman James F Gordon. “BlastGard and US Explosive are joining forces to create storage and transportation boxes that will prevent sympathetic detonation through BlastWrap’s unique proprietary technology that will quench the fireball and mitigate the effects of an explosion thereby significantly reducing the damage to people and assets from such explosions.
“Additionally, all magazines and storage containers will have Radio Frequency Shield protection (RFP), which will prevent the flow of radio controlled detonation systems. We will be installing BlastWrap inside storage boxes and inside the magazines. US Explosives is forecasting sales of $5-6m in year one and approximately $8m in year two. The BlastWrap component in the new product line represents approximately $1.8m in year one and $2.4m in year two with ever increasing sales on a year over year basis,” Gordon says.
Made from two laminated films, BlastWrap’s bottom layer is thermo-formed into a cavity or pocket(s) into which is put blast-attenuating filler materials, such as volcanic glass beads, or other suitable two-phase materials, and a blend of extinguishants. The top film, the company explains, is then sealed onto the lower forming a bespoke, durable, flexible and configurable system that offers “unique and revolutionary blast mitigation/protection against all blast and fire/burn threats”.
“Scientifically engineered and designed to remove much or most of the energy from explosions,” BlastWrap functions by dissipating blast shock energy “through irreversible processes and also by very rapidly quenching the thermal output of an explosion”. Usually integrated into one of two basic categories, viz barriers or containers, BlastWrap remains “unparalleled in dramatically mitigating the destructive effects of blasts of all kinds, including high explosives and other solids, gases and fuel/air deflagrations”.