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Hardwire Opens New Plant, Wins Bridge Armor Contract

Hardwire LLC (Pocomoke City, Md.), a developer and supplier of advanced armor and other composite solutions with steel wire filament reinforcements, has announced the opening of its new 65,000-ft² (6,038m²) manufacturing facility in Pocomoke City, Md., next to the company's original armor and composites development

Posted on: 8/21/2008
Source: Composites Technology
Hardwire LLC (Pocomoke City, Md.), a developer and supplier of advanced armor and other composite solutions with steel wire filament reinforcements, has announced the opening of its new 65,000-ft² (6,038m²) manufacturing facility in Pocomoke City, Md., next to the company's original armor and composites development center. The new facility features a specialized 7,500-ton high-pressure vacuum laminating press capable of producing pressed armor plates, flat or curved, up to 5.3 ft wide by 10 ft long (1.6m by 3m).

"Our new press can easily complete eight cycles a day, which equates to producing over 1.5 million ft² [139,350m²] of armor panels per year," says Rob Cosgriff, Hardwire's director of armor manufacturing and a former submarine commander for the U.S. Navy. The press reportedly includes a thermal system that can reach temperatures up to 500°F/260°C 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.

In other Hardwire news, Hardwire Bridge Armor has been selected as the product of choice for what is said to be an important but unnamed bridge in the U.S. Hardwire Bridge Armor is a multilayered, multifunctional armor designed to protect critical elements of bridges against various threats, including blasts from improvised explosive devices (IEDs), ballistic impact, fire and other destructive forces.
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