TenCate Advanced Armor USA intros sensor technology

The new technology allows real-time inspection of the ballistic integrity of hard body armor inserts.

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TenCate Advanced Armor USA (Newark, Ohio, USA) has acquired from Newport Sensors, Inc., an industry leader in sensor technology innovation, the groundbreaking sensor technology that provides body armor users the ability to inspect, in real-time, the ballistic integrity of hard body armor inserts. The TenCate Smart Body Armor technology, a network of sensors integrated onto the surface of the hard body armor insert, has been validated through extensive testing conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Army.

The testing determined that the TenCate Smart Body Armor technology is not only fast and convenient to use, it is more effective than all other methods used to detect damage to hard body armor inserts. Furthermore, the system was found to be durable in the most extreme environments. The quick and reliable TenCate Smart Body Armor provides military and law enforcement personnel an easy to use, anywhere-anytime ability to inspect their body armor, which enhances their safety and survivability.

Very high levels of personnel protection can be achieved utilizing hard body armor inserts made with various advanced materials. While these advanced materials are very effective at stopping ballistic threats, they can also be damaged while in use, especially in the typically very harsh combat and law enforcement environments. Such damage can result in seriously degraded ballistic protection, and detection requires the user to remove his or her personal protection from use and return the hard armor insert to a testing facility for non-destructive testing such as x-ray, to validate the hard body armor insert is still approved for use. Such testing is typically not readily available, is expensive, time consuming and not as reliable as TenCate Smart Body Armor inspection results, which can provide results instantaneously.

Mark Bajko, vice president of TenCate Advanced Armor USA says "The growing demand by military and global law enforcement for lightweight systems that provide protection against the full spectrum of rifle threats requires continuous innovation. TenCate is committed to staying in the market leadership position by utilizing advanced materials, smart wearable sensors, and proprietary manufacturing processes to produce our full range of tactical hard body armor inserts. Our solutions continue to grow as does our smart protection technology product portfolio that includes underbody vehicle IED protection system andTenCate ABDS active blast countermeasure system."