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ADS Inc – Think LEDs are more expensive? Military Consumer Behavior Says, “Think Again.”

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

This is a pretty interesting article from ADS Inc regarding the adoption of LED lighting for use by the military. It’s not something I’d normally consider but they make a good case for its adoption when you start to do the cost-benefit-analysis of life-cycle costs.

Automobile headlights, office ceiling lights, shipboard lights, and flashlights are make up the bulk of LED converted lights used in the US Military today. And just like many emerging technologies widely adopted by the military, commercial and residential LEDs have gained popularity in recent years. Regardless of whether you are a civilian or soldier, the common misconception of LED lighting is that it’s more expensive. This case study provides consolidated research that thoroughly examines and demonstrates the benefits of LEDs over its counterparts.

The biggest initial barrier for the widespread adoption of LED lighting (also known as Solid-State Lighting (SSL)) was a purchase price greater than the equivalent Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) or incandescent bulb. SSLs are defined as a light source that emits solid-state electroluminescence through light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and do not use thermal radiation or fluorescent tubes. (Solid-State Lighting n.d.) Since 2000, the Department of Energy (DOE) has invested heavily in Solid-State Lighting (SSL) R&D projects in order to realize the full potential of LED lighting. Finding ways to optimize the use of LEDs included research and development into the reduction of material costs, greater light output, and remedy of underlying technical challenges. As a result of improved technology, the cost of LED lighting dropped almost 40% between 2011 and 2012. (Top 8 Things You didn’t Know About LEDs n.d.)

Cost Comparison

When researching the cost comparison of LED lighting compared to a CFL or incandescent bulb, the question became:

Does switching to LED lighting actually save money, and if so, when are those cost savings realized?

In Cost Comparison (Table A), the cost and lifespan of a single LED, CFL and incandescent bulb are compared. The top-level benefits of using LEDs over CFLs or incandescent bulbs are clear; LEDs cost more upfront but use less energy and last significantly longer.


The real cost-benefit analysis of purchasing an LED bulb over its counterparts becomes clear around the 5-year mark (see Table B – 1 Ballast). At the 10-year mark, CFL bulbs cost two times the amount and incandescent bulbs are six times the amount of a single LED bulb.

How many people does it take to change a lightbulb?

It remains unknown, but what is clear is that LED lighting doesn’t need to be replaced nearly as many times as CFLs or incandescent bulbs. Using Table C – Maintenance/Bulb Replacement, let’s examine changing a CFL or incandescent bulb over the course of 20 years.

You may think to yourself, “Changing a residential light bulb may not require much manpower or preparation.” However, imagine changing a single commercial CFL or incandescent bulb 6 – 49 times over the course of 20 years. Commercial lighting, whether on a ship or in an office, is much more abundant and will require an unwarranted amount of manpower. When lighting requirements are in the thousands, as is with shipboard lighting, changing a lightbulb becomes a man hour intensive exercise.

When you consider the time it takes to replace thousands of commercial bulbs over the course of 20 years, you may be exposing your service men and women to unnecessary risk of injury and countless hours of maintenance that would be better spent on training or fleet operations.


DID YOU KNOWThe U.S. Military has been one of the largest consumers of LEDs sense 1998 (Snyder 2013)

Military Adotion of LEDs

As stated previously, LEDs provide substantial cost, energy, and time savings over CFL and incandescent bulbs. Since the Navy first installed LEDs on ships in 2007, more than 125 ships and submarines – almost half of the current fleet – have been outfitted with more than 500,000 LED products. The Navy’s investment of millions of dollars over the years doesn’t come without a thorough backing in LED research, development and fielding. The Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus once stated that reducing just 3% of each vessel’s total energy equates to an annual savings of over $150 million in fuel consumption for the entire Navy fleet. (Shavers n.d.)

According to the Commander of Navy Installations Command (CNIC), energy bills are the single largest cost for Navy installations. Energy costs at one time made up 28% of the Navy’s overall shore budget. It was imperative to reduce these energy costs to free up budget to invest in crucial support training and fleet operations. In 2010, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) spearheaded an initiative titled the Navy Shore Energy Program to set specific energy goals geared towards reducing the Navy’s energy costs. The proposed outcome for these goals included reducing the shore energy consumption by 30% in 2015 and by 50% in 2020. (Navy Shore Energy Program n.d.)

Safety and Quality – Added Benefits

In addition to providing cost, energy and time savings, LEDs have been proven to improve performance and safety for our service men and women. Just by reducing the maintenance required, we are mitigating the risk of injury associated with disrupting workflow to replace a bulb. Depending on the mission, having a reliable light source can be critical to safety. Furthermore, the quality of light emitted from an LED creates a “daylight” ambient light that can increase performance and minimize the effects of eye strain, headaches, and migraines associated with traditional fluorescents. Some manufacturers even insist LED lighting can be attributed to changing a person’s mood.

LEDS Lead the Way

ADS is a proud partner and government supplier of Energy Focus, an industry leader in LED technology research and development. Outdated fluorescent technology, whether in a warehouse, on a ship or in an office is proven to cost more, use more energy, require more manpower and strain the eyes. The Energy Focus 2-ft. LED is a direct replacement for these legacy fluorescent lamps, operates with or without a ballast, works with the New Emergency Automatic Lighting System (NEALS), and has a starter that can be removed in either mode of operation. Energy Focus’ technology is the only LED replacement lamp approved by the U.S. Navy for shipboard lighting.

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Test Your LED Lighting IQ with this QUIZ provided by the Department of Energy.

If you’d like to learn more about LED lighting and other energy efficiency solutions that can save you time and money, contact a knowledgeable ADS Representative at 866-845-3012.

SOURCES
n.d. Navy Shore Energy Program. http://www.cnic.navy.mil/om/base_support/facility_system_investment/Navy_Shore_Energy_Program.html.
Shavers, Lt. j.g. Clyde. n.d. Navy Installations Go T-LED: Replacement of Fluorescent Bulbs. http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=90427.
Snyder, Tim. 2013. LED Lights Are Now Being Used By The Military. 09 16. http://4wheelonline.com/led-lights-military.231321.0.
n.d. Solid-State Lighting. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid-state_lighting.
n.d. The True Cost of Lightbulbs. http://greenlivingideas.com/2015/02/19/the-true-cost-of-light-bulbs-led-cfl-incandescent/.
n.d. Top 8 Things You didn’t Know About LEDs. http://energy.gov/articles/top-8-things-you-didn-t-know-about-leds.
n.d. Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compact_fluorescent_lamp.

6 Important Things You Need to Know About DLA’s TLS Contracts in 2016

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Unfortunately, there are still a lot of people who are reluctant to use the Defense Logistics Agency’s Tailored Logistics Support program to satisfy their requirements. Oftentimes, it is misunderstanding more than anything. When a unit purchases from TLS they are buying from DLA just like with requisitioning an NSN item, but the requirement is being fulfilled via a standing contract with one of six commercial vendors. While the needs are fulfilled by commercial vendors, it is a fully vetted government program put into place by DLA in order to reduce the strain on the standard stock system. DLA’s TLS supplements items with existing National Stock Numbers and allows authorized users to purchase low demand items along with the latest versions of gear.

I recommend that agencies and units consider the use of TLS, particularly when they have a laundry list of items to buy or know exactly the item they require. TLS offers the purchaser simplicity as well as control over what they buy. Additionally, with End of Fiscal Year right around the corner, TLS is a great way to obligate funds to satisfy requirements rather than spending them on a six month supply of toilet tissue. But, if you’re going to use TLS for EOY, you can’t wait. There have been some program changes this year which you need to know about. ADS Inc posted this article to their blog, summarizing these updates to TLS, which we asked to share. While we really appreciate ADS sharing this, we’d like to point out that the information pertains to the DLA TLS program as a whole, no matter which TLS vendor might fulfill your requirment.

ADS Inc. is a proud multiple award recipient of the Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA) Special Operations Equipment (SOE) and the Fire & Emergency Services Equipment (FESE) contracts as part of the Tailored Logistics Support Program (TLSP). As an incumbent Prime Vendor, ADS has proven itself successful in fulfilling customer equipment and incidental service needs and requirements since its first prime vendor contract awarded back in 2001 and its first TLS award acceptance in 2005.

ADS’s experienced contracting team, expansive customer-focused sales task force and its positive relationships with over 3,000 partner suppliers contributes to its ability to exceed the TLS program’s primary goals of reducing costs, ensuring product of choice, improving logistics response time and increased customer support. In this blog, we are going to highlight 6 important things you need to know about leveraging DLA’s TLS contracts in 2016. Be informed with ADS!

1. The deadline for submitting End of Year (EOY) orders through DLA’s TLSP Contracts have been moved up two weeks!

It’s all too common for government entities to reach a “use it or lose it” period towards the end of the fiscal year. This is a pertinent time for buyers to determine any outstanding requirements and submit them to their contracting office for approval.

Did you know the TLSP contract submission deadlines are set almost two weeks earlier than they were last year?
This means NOW is the time to start gathering any last minute purchasing requirements. See Diagram A – TLSP Procurement Vehicles for additional information regarding order processing as it pertains to the FESE and SOE programs.

Note: All TLS orders must be submitted to DLA by September 9, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Any orders with Fiscal Year (FY) 16 funds submitted past that timeframe will be returned to the submitter. Any orders received after that timeframe will be processed as FY17 funds.

2. The process for ordering through FESE and SOE TLS has changed as recent as May 31st, 2016.

As defense budgets shrink and a larger emphasis is put on improving the ordering process, the FESE and SOE TLSP contracts have adapted to continue to provide users with a simple, efficient procurement vehicle. The changes adopted this year give customers greater visibility on orders, more accurate pricing information and valid obligation/transfer of funding directly with DoD Finance personnel.

Changes to the SOE TLS Program (Effective November 2015) & FESE TLS Program (Effective May 31, 2016) Due to a mandate to conform to Audit Readiness requirements, several changes have been made to the SOE & FESE ordering process that the customer may or may not be informed of.

Most recent changes under the DLA Troop Support – Construction and Equipment Program:

For more information on how these changes affect the ordering process flow please download the flowchart provided by DLA.

1. Customer must now register a designated Finance Office Point of Contact (FOPOC) with their account and submit their information. Here are instructions on how to complete the designation form provided by DLA.
2. Once the customer’s FOPOC is registered, orders can be submitted for equipment, supplies and/or services under the current Order Request Spreadsheet. Once DLA approves the items for scope the request will be solicited amongst the qualified TLSP vendors.
3. DLA will email the Price Acknowledgement Spreadsheet to BOTH the Ordering Activity as well as the FOPOC.
4. Once the order is approved by the FOPOC and the Ordering Activity, the customer submits required funding information via the FOPOC Review Spreadsheet to DLA.
5. Upon award, DLA will send a second notification to the FOPOC and the Ordering Activity letting them know the order is awaiting obligation in the system.
6. Once the KO obligates the order, a third email will be sent to the FOPOC and the Ordering Activity with final order line item details.
7. A final email will be sent from DLA to the customer and will include a request to post receipt of the order in DoD EMALL.

3. It’s easier than ever to register with DLA.

To have access to a wide variety of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) equipment, incidental services and training through the SOE &FESE TLS Programs, qualifying customers must be authorized DOD, Federal or other DLA approved, federally-funded agencies. For more information on how to register, if you haven’t already, contact the following contracting offices:

DUNS: 027079776

FESE
Registration: Email | FESECustomerRegistration@dla.mil
Ordering: Email | FESOrders@dla.mil
Questions: Email | FESECustomerInfo@dla.mil

SOE
Registration: Email | SOECustomerRegistration@dla.mil
Ordering: Email | SOEOrders@dla.mil
Questions: Email | SOECustomerInfo@dla.mil

4. Every request is approved on a case-by-case basis. Increase your chances of a quick, smooth approval process with these tips:

There are several reasons why DLA would not award or approve product requests. It’s important to keep in mind that DLA may not always know of the product (if it’s new technology for example) and may not always know the relevant application and how it pertains to your mission and the contract scope.


5. You can buy incidental services through TLS if they’re ancillary and purchased with a product.

According to Bloomberg Government, the government’s top four spending categories are services-related.

When it comes to the purchase of incidental services through the FESE and SOE TLS Program contracts, they are typically requested as an additional line item on the Customer Order Request Form and are ancillary to a product being requested. Incidental service requests should also ensure proper functional capability and safety of the accompanying product(s). Consistent with product requests, DLA will approve incidental service requests on a case-by-case basis. 


See Diagram C – EXAMPLES OF INCIDENTAL SERVICE REQUESTS for examples of these requests for both FESE and SOE programs. For additional instruction, visit the DLA SOE TLS Customer Guidelines and DLA FESE TLS Customer Guidelines or contact your respective TSLP Contract Manager.

6. ADS can…

Help you tackle road blocks early on.

Help you select equipment that fits your needs and requirements.

Provide procurement options through both of our FES and SOE TLS contracts.

Keep you updated on shipping information when your order is complete.

HOW TO ORDER:

1. Send RFQ to ADS

Request a quote from your ADS Account Manager. They will help you identify the best procurement options for your requirements – GSA, TLS, Open Market, etc.

2. ADS Provides Quote

Our knowledgeable ADS Account Managers can help you select equipment to satisfy your requirements, determine procurement options, as well as verify part numbers, lead times, pricing (including freight), and country of origin.

3. Register for the Program

If you determine that the TLS Program is best for your requirement, register for the corresponding TLS Program with DLA Troop Support.

Instructions for Customer/FOPOC Registration:
FESE | SOE

4. Submit Your Order

Email your completed order request to DLA Troop Support. They will act as your contracting office.
Contact Info: SOE TLS Orders: SOEorders@dla.mil
Contact Info: FESE TLS Orders: FESorders@dla.mil

5. You’re All Set!

DLA Troop Support will compete the requirement amongst the participating TLS vendors and provide best pricing for all items requested.

Once approved, DLA Troop Support will contact you and your FOPOC for funding information.

Once that is processed, an award will be made!

To learn more, visit adsinc.com/6-important-things-need-know-dlas-tls-contracts-2016.

ADS Presents – Active Shooter Impact on Law Enforcement Response Training and Preparedness

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

Law Enforcement across the country have focused on planning for, and reacting to, Active Shooter events. ADS Inc has shared this blog entry with us to briefly discuss the scenario and to show some material solutions. 

WHAT DEFINES AN ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION?

As it relates to law enforcement, an “active shooter” situation is described as one in which a shooting is in progress and typical law enforcement protocols may be affected in terms of methods used for responding to the incident. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the “active” aspect of the term implies both law enforcement and the bystander have the potential to affect the outcome based on their responses. (Federal Bureau of Investigation 2013) According to a study released by the FBI in 2013, Law enforcement and an active shooter exchanged gunfire upon their arrival to the scene in 45 out of the 160 active shooter situations throughout 2000 – 2013.

Nearly half of the shooter involved officer deaths in this study were due to being under fire in open spaces and having little training or knowledge of how to respond or protect themselves. According to Greg Ellifritz, President of Active Response Training (Follow his blog), this study revealed the importance for law enforcement to undergo additional training similar to that of military tactics such as “bounding overwatch.” (Ellifritz 2014)

The new FBI study of 2014 and 2015 active shooter incidents was released just three days after the Orlando nightclub shooting (omitting the statistics from this incident). There were a reported 40 active shooter incidents throughout the 2014 to 2015 time period.

Of the 40 incidents, more than half (26) ended with law enforcement at the scene; 14 incidents ended in both gunfire exchange with law enforcement and the shooter being killed, while 12 others resulted in the shooter being apprehended. This is a dramatic difference from the FBI’s 2000 – 2013 study that revealed more than half (90) of the 160 active shooter situations ended on the shooter’s initiative with the shooter committing suicide, ceasing to shoot or fleeing the scene. (Federal Bureau of Investigation 2016)

Although these frightening statistics (see Diagram A) are hard to comprehend, they show a strong trend towards improving the way our law enforcement are educated and protected in responding to active shooter situations.

ADS’s INVOLVEMENT:
PROTECTING YOU SO YOU CAN PROTECT OTHERS

In response to the growing number of ballistic threats to Law Enforcement, and the government’s effort to create awareness around active shooter situations, ADS has worked with reliable tactical & body armor manufacturers, LBT and Custom Armor Group (CAG), to develop a custom packaged solution.

ADS is proud to offer affordable ballistic protective equipment for law enforcement officers that is light weight, NIJ06 certified and available to ship immediately. ADS’s easy and affordable solution is the ballistic protection your department needs at a fraction of the cost.

ACTIVE SHOOTER BALLISTIC RESPONSE KIT

situation. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared for one. Our Active Shooter Ballistic Response Kits are designed to provide you with the utility and protection you need to effectively respond to an active shooter situation without breaking the bank or dealing with long lead-times.

Starting at just $295, each kit comes with your choice of a black Standard or Advanced Plate Carrier Vest from LBT, a set of Level III or Level IV rated ballistic armor plates from CAG, and a matching “POLICE” hook and loop patch.

Click here for a spec sheet.

Visit adsinc.com/active-shooter-response for more information.

ADS Inc / Phokus Research Group / Cardiac Science – AED and Bleeding Control Pack

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

At Warrior East, I found out that ADS Inc, Phokus Research Group and Cardiac Science have teamed up to offer an AED and Bleeding Control Pack solution for wall mount installation.  Not that many years ago, Automated External Defibrillators were only used by medical personnel and it was rare to find one outside of a medical facility.  Today, they are more sophisticated and found everywhere.  They are used to restart the heart after a sudden cardiac arrest which can strike those with a variety of conditions.

Unfortunately, mass casualty events such as mass shootings have become more common over the past few years so it seems obvious to combine a Cardiac Science AED with Phokus Research Group’s bleeding control packs.

In addition to the Cardiac Science AED, the box also contains a kit filled with Individual Bleeding Control Kits consisting of Quickclot dressing, Tourniquet, Z-fold sterile frog gauze, chest seals, medical frog tape, nitrile gloves and a rescue blanket. What’s more, the wall mounted boxes can be alarmed to alert medical and security personnel when they are used.

Available for agency and unit purchase through ADS Inc. 

Experience the Interactive Displays At Warrior East 2016

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Warrior East 2016 is next week, here in Virginia Beach. One of the biggest draws this year will be Warrior East’s expanded Experience Your Mission Interactive Exhibit. There, you’ll get hand-on with items from some of the show’s over 325 vendors.

Displays include:
•Indoor Shoot House
•Dark Room Night Vision Lab
•DuPont Thermo-Man
•Experience Your Mission FOB
•Cool Down with ADS

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Indoor Shoot House

Visit the Indoor Shoot House for hands-on, indoor target practice with Ultimate Training Munition’s (UTM) simunition man marker rounds. Whether you are active military, law enforcement, an armorer or a weapon safety officer, you’ll enjoy utilizing UTM’s conversion kits and bolt assembly groups on Sig Sauer and Daniel Defense weapon platforms. Experience full weapon function with regards to recoil and realistic / consistent cyclic rates in a safe, gun smoke-free environment. The UTM Simple Bolt Carrier Group exchange technology is engineered around safety and reliability, and eliminates the need for a gun range to conduct training and an armorer to conduct gunsmithing operations of a weapon.
UTM’s cutting-edge non-lethal training equipment and shoot house barrier systems allow for versatile and cost-effective training in any environment. Whether you require training for a company or a platoon-sized element, shooting lanes or a small shoot house, these barriers can be used anywhere to provide a conductive training environment.
Stop by the Shoot House to see the latest technology from exhibitors such as: Targabot, Daniel Defense, Hesco, Trijicon, Sig Sauer, L-3 EOTech and UTM.

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Dark Room Night Vision Lab

The Night Vision Lab is a 20 x 20 ft. dark room intended where Exhibitors can demonstrate their products’ night vision and thermal energy capabilities one-on-one with attendees. Entry is permissible by appointment only – speak with participating exhibitors for more details.

DuPont Thermo-Man®

Wired with a hundred and twenty-two thermal sensors and capable of being blasted at temperatures higher than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, DuPont™ Thermo-Man® is the world’s most advanced life-size thermal burn injury evaluation system. It’s a critical tool in developing flame-resistant fabrics for the toughest military challenges.

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Experience Your Mission FOB

They’ve created the ultimate forward operating base (FOB) simulated environment providing the unique opportunity to interact with medical, tactical, and security components, products and solutions all in one place. This FOB contains demos and exhibits ranging from medical shelters and medevac training, motor pool and maintenance hangers, entry point and parameter security – everything you need to ‘Experience Your Mission.’
Experience Your Mission Highlights:
• Visit the HDT Command Center for a realistic simulation of a forward operating base command station. On display will be a state-of-the-art LED at panel display, projection-based display systems, digital and analog video distribution systems and public address and audio distribution systems.
• Located outside of the HDT motor pool, check out the NOMAD Tactical Command Vehicle, where you can climb inside a mobile command center and see all the bells and whistles of a fully customizable on-the-move communication workstation. It also features live stream video cameras that can extend and rotate high above the vehicle, a fold out conference table, loud speaker, 17,000lb towing capacity and much more.
• Experience Your Mission FOB is surrounded by HESCO barriers that when earth-filled creates the ultimate live firing range. Whether the footprint requires Precision Rifle Range, Pistol Range, or a Tactical Training Facility, there is no limit to the length of structures that can be created when using HESCO earth-filled barriers. With decades of live ring and simulation training experience the HESCO Technical Support Team can assist with the design of the ultimate shooting range in a wide range of configurations from a 15 x 15 ft. room to a maze-like formation with elevated watch towers.
• Check out the HH-60 Casevac Training Simulator. It’s a mobile trailer that provides helicopter extrication training in a warfare theater replica environment that shakes, produces fake smoke and creates realistic helicopter noise.
• Located next to the HH-60 is a simulation Triage Area with a trauma mannequin patient that you can drag, drop, carry and treat through all phases of Tactical Combat Casualty Care. While you’re there walk through the Mobile Role II Hospital, a conceptual mobile surgical suite that that can be staged on a CH-47 or a C-130.
• Stop by the Special Missions section of Experience Your Mission to see a custom designed Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) dive & Combat Rubber Raiding Craft (CRRC) trailer from Float-On Trailer. This unit can hold your 4.7M Wing Inflatables CRRC, outboard engines on a forward rack, and features an enclosed section for storage of additional items such as a breathing air compressor, SCUBA gear, dry suits, and more.
• Improvised Electronics specializes in replicating Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s) found on today’s battlefield. By fusing current threat replicas with state-of-the-art communications and control systems and then integrating them with world class battlefield effects, their products provide full-solution realistic training devices to support the continuum of operations across the spectrum of world conflicts. Visit their section in Special Missions to learn more about their training aids, blast and automatic weapons simulators.
• Progress Solar will be displaying their solar powered water purification system. This trailer based tool can provide fresh, potable water down range. The system itself can be used in disaster relief operations without putting a strain on the logistics supply chain for fuel.
• Last but not least, stop by Endeavor Robotics and operate an all-terrain man-transportable ground robot. Test your skills by manipulating the arm to grab an ADS prize!

Cool Down with ADS

Attend the ADS Customer Forum & receive a free ADS Nalgene*! Drink lots of water and stop by the ice cream and slushy stations to cool down!
•Ice Cream – Visit the DuPont outdoor exhibit where Ice cream will be provided as you watch the DuPont™ Thermo-Man® reach temperatures upwards of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit!
•Solar Powered Slushies- Stop in front of the Virginia Beach Convention Center and watch a solar power generator produce enough energy to run a slushy machine!
•Nalgene Bottle – Attend ADS Connects Customer Feedback Forum to be a part of the new ADS Connects Customer Portal. As we begin to build out this amazing new platform, nothing is more valuable to us than your input and suggestions. Receive a FREE 32 oz. Nalgene water bottle in exchange for your feedback.

*While supplies last.

For additional information and to register, visit adsinc.com/warrior-expo.

Warrior East 2016

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Warrior East is just two weeks away. There’s going to be lots to see and do, but I thought we’d point out an area we don’t cover enough here in SSD and that’s medical. In particular, I’d like to focus on medical care during mass shootings since it’s a topic many are discussing in light of the recent Orlando attack.

Using a building block approach, Warrior East host ADS has been working with vendors to offer a comprehensive line of medical kits, tailored for different, yet complementary applications.  For example, the Medical Incident Response Kit, otherwise known as MIRK is set up for simplicity.

Module 1
Everything dealing with emergency bleeding control which includes the windless TMT (Tactical Mechanical Tourniquet), QuikClot, and a pressure bandage.

Module 2
Consists of airway management, NPA (Nasal Pharyngeal Airway) and a chest seal.

Module 3
Includes an anti-hypothermia foil blanket, patient documentation form with pen, and a quick guidance on security force compliance.

Currently, ADS is developing a two patient, four patients, six patients and ten patient kit. The concept is simple; One Patient. One Package. Multiple Lives.

Brad Stewart, Product Development Manager at ADS Inc has some great experience. He was a trauma medic in the Navy for 23 years as a Diver Medical Technician stationed with various NSW EOD and fleet diving commands and has continued his medical experience in the civilian world, building setting up and training multiple mobile hospitals, around the world, imcluding the fight against Ebola in Liberia. He explains their methodology in creating MIRK:

“We’re the cutting edge in trauma medical response. Every federal building has an AED kit in the event a person is having a heart attack and a fire extinguisher in the event there’s a fire. However, if a person is injured nobody knows where the medical kit is. Our plan is to place a high quality low cost MIRK kit wherever there’s an AED and/or a fire extinguisher. The MIRK kit will provide lifesaving products currently not available to the general public. The MIRK kit and the bystander in a response situation are the lifesaver when EMS is delayed by more than 30-40 minutes.

What we’re doing is providing the lifesaving products that will be used by the untrained bystander who is typically the first responder to an active shooter mass casualty event. EMS isn’t allowed into the site until it is secure and safe. By the time the medical professionals are able to provide the next level of life saving care it could be too late. Additionally, whenever an EMS guy comes in, his bag is built to treat two to three major injuries at a time. Once those two to three injuries are treated his bag is essentially done with the lifesaving products. The bystander or medical professional, then utilizes that kit to provide airway and bleeding management.

Once the bleeding is stopped and the airway is secure the third part of the kit includes an anti-hypothermia blanket to wrap the patient for comfort. The bystander can then document the care given and read guidelines on how to react and communicate to security personnel coming through securing the site.

Be sure to stop by the interactive display area to check these kits out and discuss your unit or agency’s requirements. ADS offers medical solutions that will outfit everything from the individual to full-blown trauma support.

For additional information and to register, visit adsinc.com/warrior-expo.

Register Now For Warrior East 2016

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

The ADS Warrior Expos are some of our favorite trade shows each year and Warrior East is in our hometown. Warrior Expo brings together the best brands with qualified attendees, meaning entry is limited to government (Agencies, Military and LE) along with current and potential commercial customers of ADS as well as their suppliers.

This year’s keynote speaker is General Michael Hayden (USAF, Ret) Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency. A career intelligence officer, General Hayden relied on his experience in those two positions to wrote the book, “Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror”.

Additionally, ADS will hold a series of informative breakout sessions as well as expanded interactive displays including an Interactive UTM range.

However, what may get some of you to register is that Daniel Defense is giving away a DDM4V7 to a lucky registrant. Check out the details here, adsinc.com/warrior-expo-prereg-raffle.

For additional information and to register, visit adsinc.com/warrior-expo.

See you there!

Marine South – Big Ass Solutions

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

  
ADS Inc had Big Ass Solutions in their booth at Marine South.  This model is the 6-1/2 foot tall Black Jack which is impressively quiet considering it’s, well, a Big Ass Fan.  The variable blade speed Black Jack is mounted on wheels and has a 25′ cord.  This chart gives you an idea of what kind of air movement you are seeing.