Hardwire LLC (Pocomoke City, Md.), a developer and supplier of advanced composite armor solutions, has announced the opening of its new 65,000-ft2 manufacturing facility in Pocomoke City, Md.
The new facility features customized, state-of-the-art equipment including a specialized 7,500-ton high-pressure vacuum laminating press capable of producing pressed armor plates, flat or curved, up to 64 inches wide and 10 feet long.
“Our new press can easily complete eight cycles a day which equates to producing over one-and-a-half million square feet or armor panels per year,” says Rob Cosgriff, Hardwire’s director of Armor Manufacturing and former submarine commander for the United States Navy. “Further, our proprietary and integrated process offers a complete CNC suite to cut all types of laminates including fiber reinforced composites.”
Another property of this specialized press includes a precisely controlled thermal system that can reach temperatures up to 500°F under vacuum conditions. “This new press along with the new processes and systems we have in place will allow Hardwire the ability to fulfill very large orders, with CNC precision, and in very short timeframes,” adds Cosgriff.
The new facility is located next to Hardwire’s original armor and composites development center.
In other Hardwire news, Hardwire Bridge Armor, a supplier of advanced armor solution for bridges and other infrastructure, has been selected as the product of choice for what is said to be an important, but unnamed, bridge in the United States. Hardwire Bridge Armor is a multi-layered, multi-functional armor designed to provide protection for critical elements of bridges against various threats including improvised explosive device (IED), ballistic, blast, fire and other destructive forces.