Mentor Protégé Program
Survival Innovations was selected to be in the Mentor Protégé Program with Collins Aerospace sponsored by the US Navy and Department of Veteran Affairs Small Business.
The Mentor-Protégé Program, designed to motivate and encourage large businesses and prime contractor firms to provide development opportunities and assistance to small businesses, is the oldest operating federal mentor-protégé program in existence.
The IDEX Show in UAE
Survival Innovations, working with the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, participated in the IDEX Show in UAE. The IDEX (International Defence Exhibition & Conference) is the largest exhibition for public security and armaments in the Middle East and is held every two years in Abu Dhabi. International companies present the latest products and innovations within the defense industry.
This show brought new partnerships and programs to Survival Innovations that has shown to be very profitable and productive for the company.
NC State and Survival Innovations team up on the NC State Senior Design Program
Starting in September 2018 Survival Innovation will be working with a Senior Design Team from the Wilson College of Textiles. The TE/TT capstone team for your project entitled "Next-Gen Emergency Flotations". The textile engineering & technology senior design capstone program provides students the opportunity to work with industry to creatively synthesize solutions to relevant problems. The students work on teams to solve technical problems, study commercialization processes, and utilize project management.
Survival Innovations Moves to New Facility
Survival Innovations is delighted to announce our new location at 59 South Country Lane in Mills River, North Carolina, only ten minutes from our former Bradley Branch Road location in Arden.
Other than our physical location and new mailing address, shown below, Survival Innovations phone numbers and contact information remain unchanged.
The new facility houses our complete operation in a 12,000-square foot, fully conditioned space. The building has been optimally configured for manufacturing efficiency in a comfortable environment, designed to favor our employees, customers, and guests. And we are still only about two miles from the Asheville Regional Airport (AVL). We look forward to welcoming you on your next visit.
Survival Innovations, LLC
59 South Country Lane, Mills River, NC 28759-4600 USA
Survival Innovations Is Selected To Be A Part Of The Industry Expansion Solutions (IES)
Survival Innovations is selected to be one of the ten NC Businesses to be part of Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) and North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (NCDMVA)
Defense Sector Pilot Project through the Defense Industry Adjustment (DIA) Grant from the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA).
The ten defense-oriented companies will range in size from 20 to 300 employees. IES will conduct a CoreValue assessment of each of the ten companies and then provide follow-on business productivity training programs (administered by IES or contracted vendors) to assist in diversification and increased competitiveness for the selected companies. Areas of focus for follow-on training programs will include: Brand/Sales and Marketing, Growth, Technology Driven Marketing Innovation (TDMI), and Operations.
3-D Printer Expands Design Capabilities
Survival Innovations has added 3D Printing to the stable of design tools. The new printer increases the capability of our engineering staff by allowing in-house prototyping of experimental design concepts for rapid review and analysis, thereby decreasing Survival Innovations’ legendary customer-response time.
The fused-deposition modeling device has a layer resolution of 100 microns on a heated aluminum build platform. The dual-extrusion nozzles precision is 11 microns with a vertical precision of 2.5 microns using a nozzle diameter of 0.4 millimeters. Control of heating and cooling on the super-flat build plate helps prevent shrinking and cracking and allows for smooth-to-the-touch models. In addition, the printer is capable of printing in either ABS or PLA plastics.
2015 ISO Surveillance Audit and Transitions
The 2015 ISO Surveillance Audit of the SII Quality Management System has been completed, and Survival Innovations once again passed with zero findings by the ISO Registrar.
“All core and support processes audited were found to be effective,” stated the audit report. “This is a very effective quality management system.”
On a related note, Survival Innovations has already begun planning for the transition to ISO 9001:2015, which is scheduled for release in September. Corporate management has already signed up for webinars to educate themselves on upcoming changes. The new ISO standard has completed the Final Draft International Stage, the fifth stage of a six stage process. The ISO subcommittee has put forward a final draft to all ISO members for voting.
“It benefits our Customers—both domestic and international—for Survival Innovations to remain on the cutting edge of Quality,” said Jason Smith. “Our commitment to Quality is a commitment to the end user, whose life may depend on our products.”
As the 2015 ISO audit report observed, “Management commitment remains firm and resources continue to be made available to the QMS.”
That says it all.
Automated Seven-Class Sewing
Survival Innovations has invested in Automated Seven-Class Sewing equipment, as part of the company’s dedication to provide highest-quality sewn products for our Customers.
The new equipment is designed to handle heavy webbing and extra heavy thread to create an electronically controlled pattern for accuracy and repeatability. It has a hot knife thread-cutting system for both top and bottom threads from an extra-large bobbin, which allows increased production use between bobbin changes.
As many as 150 patterns may be programmed and stored for sewing at up to 700 stitches per minute, a significant improvement over manual sewing through multiple layers of heavy material, such as webbing slings and harnesses.
“Our entire Production department is excited to add this capability to their repertoire,” said Jason Smith. “And we are delighted to be able to automate a process that is difficult for even the most proficient of our sewing staff.”
AFSOC Buys Adjustable Snap Hook Straps for CV-22 Osprey
Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has placed an order with Survival Innovations for Adjustable Snap Hook Strap Assemblies to be used by mobile aircrew members in the CV-22 Osprey aircraft. The Adjustable Snap Hook Strap was developed under a US Navy support contract as part of the Common Mobile Aircrew Restraint System, later incorporated into the Aircrew Endurance vest as the HBU-27/P Restraint. Survival Innovations personnel share the patent on components of the restraint system.
The CV-22 is a multi-mission tiltrotor aircraft first delivered to the Air Force in 2006. The USAF has used the CV-22 to deliver humanitarian supplies to remote villages not accessible by conventional vehicles, in addition to the intended use as a platform for search-and-rescue, spec-ops team insertion, and logistic support transport.
The U.S. Marine Corps flies the MV-22 Osprey, and the U.S. Navy has plans for search and rescue, transport, and anti-submarine warfare roles. Other potential operators of the Osprey include the Japan Self-Defense Forces and the Israeli Air Force.
Survival Innovations Personnel Awarded 2012 NAWCAD Patent of the Year
Patuxent River, Maryland
Three designers from Survival Innovations in Arden, North Carolina, were named as recipients of the 2012 Patent of the Year Award by the Naval Air Warfare Center Aviation Division in Patuxent River, Maryland.
The named inventors are Jason A. Smith, C. Leon Rhodes, and Gary F. Bradley of Survival Innovations, along with Angela Sample of Lexington Park, Maryland. The Patent of the Year Award is presented for the most significant U.S. Patent received by NAWCAD inventors during the prior year.
The NAWCAD Patent Office said, “We received official notification that your invention "Quick Release Fitting", United States Patent Number 8,056,196, was selected as the 2012 NAWCAD Patent of the Year. Congratulations from all of us in the NAWCAD Business and Partnership Office and NAWCAD Patent Office!”
Rear Admiral Randy Mahr made the presentation at the Commander's Award Ceremony on November 20, 2012, in Patuxent River, MD. The award reads, “Awarded in recognition of your significant and innovative achievements which have dramatically improved the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s capabilities in support of the Fleet.”
The "Quick Release Fitting” (also known as the Emergency Release Assembly) relates to a restraint system developed by the U.S. Navy and Survival Innovations to secure mobile crew members in helicopters and transport aircraft. Survival Innovations is currently manufacturing the Fitting as part of the HBU-27 Restraint Assembly for the Navy’s new Aircrew Endurance vest.