Temporary outdoor shelters are widely used in both civilian and military settings for communications outposts, emergency headquarters, temporary housing, storage, and many other situations. As temporary shelters, they should be easy to transport, load, unload, and be easily secured to many different platforms. Standard structures come with a limited number of tie-down and lift provisions. Typically each shelter or container comes with one tie-down and one lift-ring located at each corner so that they can be transported by air, ground, or sea. When transported by air, structures are secured to an airborne certified mission pallet, and the pallet is secured to the aircraft’s cargo handling system. Ground transportation of shelters and containers requires the use of chain tie-down assemblies to secure them to a transport vehicle. Ship transport has additional, different tie-down mechanisms.
Cargo that is improperly secured can cause severe accidents and lead to the loss of the shipment, lives, vehicles, ships, and airplanes. Therefore, there is a need in the global transportation services market for a technology that effectively secures cargo containers or shelters providing the end-user with a more effective, efficient, and safer handling system.
Navy engineers have designed, patented, and deployed an innovative mounting system for securing cargo containers or shelters to trucks, airplanes, railroad cars, or ships. This air certified, MIL-STD- 8591, mounting system eliminates the need for tie-down chain assemblies, lifting equipment, or pallets.
The Navy system attaches to the bottom of two opposing sides of a container and provides universal mounting points. It accommodates moving via forklift or roll-on/roll-off.
- Eliminates need for large lifting equipment
- Eliminates special tooling requirements
- Eliminates heavy chains and tie-downs in securing the structure
- Air certified to MIL-STD-8591 (NAVAIR)
- Reduces loading time to less than 5 minutes
- US patent 7,036,786 available for license
- Technology readiness level: 9