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The military understands, probably more than any other entity, the importance of proper protective packaging. From storing large vehicles to transporting complex weapon systems, the right military packaging materials can determine an item's safety and integrity.

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Military spec packaging_case_studies

  1. 1. Military Spec Packaging Case Studies from Protective PackagingDEFENSE The US Military, as well as many defense contractors have cometo PPC with a problem. How do we preserve the nation’s defense materials in conditions acrossthe world? We have packaged jet fighters for international shipment, and military vehicles fordometic storage between deployments. (The case studies below exemplify some of our largerprojects.) We also supply military spec packaging materials such as mil-prf-131 in bags, tubes,sheets and rolls. We produce hundreds of thousands of bags each year for custom orders.Case Studies Outlined: Antenna Telescope Array Army Unit Vehicles Deep Sea Radar F35 Joint Strike Fighter JDAM Weapons System Shoulder Fire Weapon
  2. 2. ALMA VERY LARGE ANTENNA TELESCOPE ARRAY Protective Packaging Corporation has been called on many timesto handle diverse but demanding assignments where there isnt much time for a learning curve,and the job must absolutely be done right the first time.General Dynamics of Kilgore, Texas charged Protective Packaging with the challenge ofpackaging and transporting a very large antenna, nicknamed "The Blob", that was to become thefirst unit in the "Atacama Large Millimeter Array," or ALMA. Protective Packaging was todesign and install packaging for the 161,000 lbs unit that would provide protection againstmoisture and corrosion during transport over the road from Kilgore to Houston, over the waterfrom Houston to Santiago, Chile and over the road again from Santiago to the foothills of theAndes Mountains.We performed our protective packaging work at the General Dynamics manufacturing facility inKilgore, Texas. Protective Packaging first installed a fully enveloping moisture barrier bag of amaterial we call PROPAK 7000 and then covered the device with a reinforced tarp materialcalled Armorlon AT-200. Finally, the protected assembly was placed upon a substantial steel"lifting frame" by the manufacturers rigging dept. We are completely confident (as in a 100%guarantee) the wrapping process will ensure corrosion-proof arrival at the site.
  3. 3. U.S. ARMY UNIT VEHICLES AND TRAILER FLEET A U.S. Army unit was deployed overseas. They had 23 five tonvehicles, and 10 trailers assigned to their unit that were not sent with the unit. Therefore, thesevery expensive vehicles would be left practically unattended for up to two years with very littlepreventive maintenance, and there was no covered area to place this equipment.Each vehicle of the fleet needed a strong barrier from the adverse elements that would last anextended period of time. The protective barrier must also be able to protect against moistureleakage caused by snow and rain. Corrosion Prevention was also a major priority due to the longperiod of time the vehicles would be out of commission and their strategic importance.Each vehicle was sealed completely inside moisture barrier bags. Desiccant was placed inside thebag to remove any moisture in order to prevent corrosion or mildew. Then, a heavy duty,reinforced, custom made tarp was placed over the barrier bag to give added protection againstsnow and high winds up to 80 mph. This protection was guaranteed for up to two years. Ouronsite team completed the job within 4 days at a cost of approximately $1200 per vehicle.
  4. 4. Deep Sea RadarA defense contractor needed to preserve a radar component while it was being transported alongthe eastern seaboard. The unit had to be protected from electrostatic discharge as well as aminimal amount of shock. First we covered the unit with an ESD barrier material to provide theneeded static protection. Next we wrapped the unit in foam padding to provide shock absorption.Lastly, we applied shrink wrap to hold the protective layers in place and protect the unit fromdebris during transport.
  5. 5. F35 Joint Strike FighterRecently Protective Packaging was asked to protect Lockheed Martins new F35 Joint StrikeFighter for a shipment, first by truck to the Houston port, then by boat across the Atlantic toEngland. Since every imaginable harmful possibility comes to mind in such a trip, PPC had toprepare for the worst.Three different layers of protective materials were heat sealed, stitched, and shrunk to protect thejet. Desiccants and VCI emitters were added to remove absorb any additional moisture andprovide a chemical rust protective coating for the extra insurance a multi-million dollar machinerequires. The fighter made it safe and sound to its final destination and PPC has partnered upwith Lockheed Martin for many more shipments of the newly designed fighter plane.
  6. 6. JDAM PRECISION GUIDED WEAPONS SYSTEM Protective Packaging provides stringent MIL-SPEC packaging solution to major defensecontractor for the preservation of moisture, heat and static sensitive JDAM weaponssystemProtective Packaging was contacted by a major defense contractor in March of 1997. Thecontractor shared that they had a new weapon system that consisted of a WWII and Vietnam era"dumb bomb" married with a modern GPS guidance system to achieve surgical precisionaccuracy in its delivery.The challenge came when they shared that they must provide a 20 year warranty against anydamage caused by corrosion or ESD (electrostatic discharge) and asked if Protective Packaginghad any ideas. They had already contacted several other flexible packaging companies, but weretold they needed to provide drawings and specifications before any type of quotation could beissued. Within 48 hours of being contacted, Protective Packaging President, Steve Hanna andVice President Jim Hiller were at their facility in St. Louis working on a solution. After a 3 hourdiscovery meeting, Protective Packaging returned to Dallas and began aggregating materials thatwould deliver a package that: was moisture proof was vapor proof
  7. 7. was heat sealable had a conductive interior had MVTR of .002 or less was durable was dull not shiny was able to hold an indefinite vacuumTwo weeks later, Protective Packaging returned to St. Louis with 3 different materials that wouldmeet or exceed the outlined requirements. By the end of the meeting, a decision had beenreached as to the material to be utilized.After several more visits and severe testing, which included thermal, vibration, altitude, loosecargo and drop tests, the material was approved and a quotation for the original requirement of1,500 barrier bags was issued.U.S. MARINE SHOULDER FIRE WEAPON The U.S. Marines needed a flexible carrying case for a shoulder firedweapon system. The case needed to be lightweight, extremely durable and have a moisturebarrier quality to it to protect the system from water as well as diesel and gasoline.Because of the physical actions of the U.S. Marines, it was very important that the bag beextremely durable yet light. It was also critical that wet weather and damp conditions did notcompromise the feasibility of the weapons system.A canvas bag was designed with a foil barrier material sewn to the inside of the two materials.This gave the bag the required moisture barrier qualities while maintaining the olive drabappearance and the carrying straps that needed to be attached to the bag.About Protective Packaging CorporationProtective Packaging provides military packaging, export packaging, corrosion protection,moisture barrier bags and a variety of other protective packaging solutions.Visit us at to browse our corrosion prevention andmilitary spec packaging material.