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Specialized Chemical Ordnance Transport System for EOD

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Streamlining Equipment for the Leak, Seal and Pack Evolution
UTS and ITS’ Interoperable Specialized Chemical Ordnance Transport System (SCOTS)


Department of Defense (DOD) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) warfare capabilities exist to locate, identify, render safe and transport unexploded chemical ordinance to specified locations. Across all branches of service, EOD technicians embrace the same basic evolution of “Leak, Seal and Pack.”

To address this mission requirement, commands would each develop their own Initial Entry Team (IET) kit, usually an expensive and cumbersome task with numerous variances from their other service counterparts. In short, the equipment used to accomplish the “leak, seal and pack” evolution was disjointed and varied from service to service. This somewhat hindered community effectiveness due interoperability issues. The question was, how to leverage EOD technician expertise, across services, in an attempt to mitigate variances in equipment and increase effectiveness. That’s when ADS got the phone call from United Tactical Supply (UTS) on behalf of the U.S. Navy EOD community. Recognizing that the issue was one of interoperability, standardization and effectiveness at a reasonable price, the partnership was designed to develop an adaptable kit, keeping the different requirements of the end-users in mind.

UTS SCOTS Linecard

Feedback, knowledge, and real-world experiences from all U.S. EOD communities are at the core of the development of the Specialized Chemical Ordnance Transport System (SCOTS). Over the course of a year, we worked to identify EOD technician requirements, using them as a blueprint to develop a kit that addressed their concerns by using the latest products and technology in the industry. We filled the capability gaps, not just for the U.S. Navy’s EOD community, but also for all branches of the military. This kit is truly built by the EOD community, for the EOD community. Until the creation of the SCOTS kit, no standardized kit, with service-wide applicability, had existed.

“We at ADS, teamed up with UTS and the EOD end-use customers to develop a kit that could be used by every branch of service,” said Brad Riddick, special missions business development manager at ADS. “Whereas before, EOD teams had their own kits, the SCOTS kit filled the interoperability void perfectly.”

Each component has been carefully considered and evaluated, not only by EOD community expert technicians, but also by ADS and UTS experts. Some components include, activated carbon cloth technology, combined with a fully validated individual decontamination system. This technology not only aids sealing and containment of chemical rounds, it also allows for swift decontamination. The entire system is contained in a portable transport case, and can be tailored for multiple chemical round scenarios.

“We have fielded it [SCOTS] and, to date, everyone we fielded it to has given exceptionally positive feedback on it,” said Riddick. It’s applicable, cost-effective and suitable to the task at hand. It’s a win for everybody.”

The SCOTS is a combination of manufactured nylon components, vetted decontamination media and activated carbon cloth, in conjunction with procedures directly out of the EOD publications, that make this a total solution for the decontamination, sealing, containment and transport of chemical ordnance.

This press release was written by Ellen Bock and supplied by ADS Inc

How One Woman Turned Her Field Medical Equipment Manufacturing Business on Its Head

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Brenner’s Steel Will

When your family has been in the business of making field hospital beds for more than 60 years with designs that are still in use today, what do you do for an encore? You make an even better bed that adheres to the same standards of quality for which that the corporation has become known. That’s exactly what Christine Brenner did, and her attention to detail and dedication to her customers shine through in every aspect of her corporation’s products.

In 2011, Christine came into the family business spotlight as the owner and CEO after the passing of her husband Sidney Brenner. Ever since she took the reins of the 60-plus year-old company, she has continued to uphold Brenner Metal Products Corp’s reputation for quality while refining and redefining the corporation’s offerings and products to better suit customers’ requirements. But as Brenner will tell you, it has not been smooth sailing and she has done her fair share of kicking and screaming to get the corporation where it is today.

While the corporation makes more than adjustable field hospital beds, this product has certainly become the feature item as a testament to the exacting attention to detail and specifications that brought mainstream production of the bed back to Brenner. Brenner Metal Products Corp. was the original manufacturer for the Department of Defense (DOD) beds in the 1960s. While their original design has definitely stood the test of time, new requirements prompted U.S. Army Medical Material Agency (USAMMA) leaders to revamp the original design.

The request for a new design came out in 2012, during Christine’s transition to the president and CEO seat. The bid went unanswered and USAMMA officials, unable to find a design that met their specifications, settled on an unmodified bed. The contract went into limbo.

It wasn’t until 2013, after dwindling DOD requests and a noticeable shift in the way government agencies made purchases, Brenner began asking questions about new procurement methods before finally being directed to a “DOD Vendor Day.” It was there, she met USAMMA officials who informed her of the previous request in 2012 and the existing necessity for a modified bed that could meet all specifications. As Brenner stated, “I needed to find a place where I could fit back in. It felt good to finally find an audience because it gave me an opportunity to make Brenner Metal the corporation it needed to be. This was my time to define the business.”

Brenner asked for a shot at the contract and was given consideration for the bid based on the corporation’s past performance and a long-standing tradition of excellence with regard to the existing field hospital bed design. There was no doubt in her mind that her team could match the desired specifications, stating that this redesign was more than just a “square-filler” project but rather would be the result of thoughtful design. This was her opportunity to prove that Brenner Metal Products Corp. could once again deliver the types of products that would hit every mark and stand the test of time.

“When we received the request, my team and I were determined to give them [USAMMA] exactly what they were looking for,” said Brenner. “I can do it. I gave myself three months to give them everything they wanted. In the end, it was exactly what they needed. I went beyond what they had asked for and they didn’t change a thing.”

The team at Brenner was shooting for perfection, but that can only be achieved by asking copious questions, lots of trial and error and unwavering attention to detail, all the way down to what type of clip to use when securing the bed for transport and the length of the bedrails. There was obviously a deliberate hand in the creation of this product. Laughing, Brenner states that she will never be finished perfecting this bed. It’s the thing that keeps her up at night and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I was only given very general specs so I had to put this together in my own mind and think what would be best,” said Brenner. “But I knew, this would be the thing that redefined who we are as a company. After lots and lots queries and research, we made the bed what we thought it should be. I built it for the end-user. If anybody truly deserves the very best, our wounded warriors do.”

The field hospital folding bed is constructed of aluminum alloy and weighs only 70 lbs. It was modified for use by field medical personnel at fixed medical installations. Now, the bed consists of an outer frame with attached folding hinged legs and pad-type feet, modified to interchange with caster wheels at either end. The head can be raised to 65 degrees in order to support sitting or lowered for the Trendelenberg position, where the head is lowered and the feet are elevated. Accessories include a swivel tray, detachable side rails, adjustable feet pads, castor wheels, mattress pad, mesh under mount shelf and personal effects bag. The bed, along with all components easily fits into a nylon bag with Velcro buckles for easy transport, all proudly made in Wallington, N.J.

Improvements from the currently in-use field hospital bed are the adjustable side rails, a three-inch mattress pad for extended patient care, adjustable leg positions at one-inch increments, interchangeable six-inch castor wheels and a dual purpose swivel arm mayo tray, to name a few.

While this bed will undoubtedly see plenty of action in remote field hospitals around the world, its most noteworthy venue will be as one of the components of UN Level II hospitals currently being sourced by the U.S. State Department, through ADS, Inc. The latest request for these facilities was provided to Togo for support in Mali. The connection came as part of ADS’ kitted solution that provides fully DOD and FDA qualified UN Level II medical centers for use in designated areas of conflict. More than 45 partners joined with ADS, Inc., the Virginia Beach-based solutions provider and force multiplier to develop a one-stop medical solution for the U.S. State Department. The entire facility can be transported anywhere in the world via six, 20-foot shipping containers. Brenner’s portable, folding field hospital bed is an important part of that solution.

What’s the next step for Brenner’s team? After partnering with ADS, she began fielding orders from U.S. Marine Corps medical teams, as well as continuing to fulfill orders for adjustable field hospital beds to USAMMA and the DOD. Brenner views the ADS partnership as the game-changer when it comes to taking her business to the next level. “I’m really excited to work with ADS because our partnership put my product out there at different level. I have domestic and international exposure now. It’s really going to take me to the next level.”

Brenner also plans on revisiting and reengineering other medical field equipment, breathing new life into the tried and true designs of the business. Her take on this, “I am excited for the opportunity to modify and create products that will satisfy my customers and brand Brenner Metal Products as a leader in supplying medical field equipment for the next generation.”

Thanks to ADS for this cool story about Brenner Metal Products Corp.

Welcome to Warrior East 2015!

Thursday, July 9th, 2015


I had a chance to poke around yesterday and you are going to see a bunch of really cool stuff over the next two days. Enjoy!

ADS Inc Federal Range Day

Monday, June 15th, 2015

We joined ADS Inc’s Federal Team last Friday at a range in Northern Virginia.  On hand were over 50 vendors and a wide variety of customers from across federal, state and local agencies including a smattering of military as well.

Be sure to join ADS for their next big event; Warrior East, July 9 & 10 in Virginia Beaxh for two days of seminars and great vendor displays. ADM Mike Mullins (USN, Ret), former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will also be the keynote speaker.

Attending Warrior West?

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

If you plan on attending, Team Wendy will also be at the ADS Warrior West Expo in San Diego, CA on April 29-30, 2015. Be sure to stop by their booth (#217) to pick up your Tactical Ginger Tic Tac Toe card to win some great prizes.


See you there?

Check Out Ops-Core at ADS Warrior Expo – Emerald Coast

Friday, March 6th, 2015

ADS to Supply USMC with One-Man Portable Battery Chargers

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

ADS Inc has won a contract to supply the US Marine Corps with One Man Portable (1MPG) Battery Charger Systems.


ADS, Inc. will utilize INI’s One Man Portable Generators featuring OMNIVORE Engine Technology to meet 1MPG Single Fuel Forward requirements. INI’s One Man Portable Generators offer 1kW of electrical power using JP-8 in support of GREENS and One-Man Portable Battery Chargers.

For additional details visit