Ottawa-based contract electronics manufacturer OCM Manufacturing will design and manufacture the electronics assembly for a new product by Airlift Technologies International (ATI) Inc., a Division of Pioneer Aerospace Corp., Zodiac Aerospace owned Companies. The de-reefing device is used on cargo parachutes to slow the inflation period to prevent parachute damage during an air cargo drop of supplies or equipment.
“The company’s de-reefer provides military supply-aircraft operators with an innovative solution to increase the success of cargo drops. The de-reefer addresses a compelling business challenge for a niche target market – this is an area in which Canadian manufacturers excel, and we excel at supporting innovative OEMs like ATI/PAC Zodiac,” says OCM president George Henning.
ATI, Milton FL, is an approved US Government manufacturing and engineering company that specializes in the design and production of aerial delivery systems, airdrop qualification testing, airdrop load design, systems related logistic support, and complete and comprehensive training of all ground and air crew personnel involved in cargo airdrops.
The ATI electro-mechanical de-reefer offers a number of advantages over traditional single-use pyrotechnic de-reefers. It is reusable and safer to use, and is very cost effective compared to single-use, discard-style HazMat pyrotechnic devices.