Propel was awarded a Phase III contract to use the efforts of our Phase I Stitchless R&D to design,
build, and prototype an improved Damage Control Suit for submarine use. The design brief described one suit to fit anyone from 5ʼ2” to 6ʼ4”. Propel was able to meet this extraordinary design challenge by creating an innovative self-adjusting fit solution system to stretch and withdraw to tailor to any height within the given range.
Propel designed the next generation of protective gear for emergency responders combating steam line leaks onboard submarines. Compared to the (2) piece incumbent ensemble, we managed to reduce weight by 42%, create better mobility and comfort for users, provide easy access to the Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), and cut the donning time by 50%.
The Steam Suit made was featured at the 2017 Navy League Sea, Air, and Space Expo in NAVSUPʼs Innovation booth earlier this year. The suits are currently out for field testing on 3 out of the 4 classes of U.S. Navy submarines.
Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research’s TechSolutions Program, the new steam suit was developed by the Naval Sea Systems Command and Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility, along with Propel LLC. It is currently being tested at sea by the crew of the USS Toledo and two other submarines.
To foster greater collaboration between the U.S. apparel, technology, and textile industries and to identify the public policies that could accelerate the design and manufacture of smart fabrics products by U.S. companies, the Department of Commerce in partnership with the Industrial Fabrics Association International will host the Smart Fabrics Summit on Monday, April 11, 2016.
Propel is sponsoring this event, and will have a tabletop display of current efforts under the SBIR program to develop concepts for future US Navy Smart Integrated Uniforms. Please stop by and talk to the Propel team about this innovative work.
Governor Gina M. Raimondo and the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation’s Science and Technology Advisory Council (STAC) today announced this year’s recipients of the Innovate Rhode Island Small Business Fund (IRISBF) matching grants for federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase 1 grant recipients: Propel LLC, Btech Accoustics LLC, Electro Standards, Prothera Biologics, Response Technologies and T.E.A.M., Inc.Read More
Smart Uniforms – A B-To-B Compelling Model For Smart Textiles
Adding electronics into uniforms could increase worker safety and enhance situational awareness and operational capabilities. Clare King will talk about the challenges of designing and manufacturing smart uniforms, her company’s involvement over the last decade in the development of smart uniforms for fire fighters and current work with the US Navy.
Jennifer Mcdermott, Associated Press
PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Welding isn’t just for aircraft carriers anymore
The U.S. Navy could be turning to ultrasonic welding to make its uniforms lighter, stronger and cheaper. And if the project by a Rhode Island company and the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility is a success, it could help bring manufacturing back from overseas.Read More
Seam Engineering: Stitchless Seam Technology US NAVY SBIR PHASE I&II AWARDS TOPIC No.: N122-134 PHASE II AWARD No.: N00189-15-C-Z087 This project is a technology pathway to the future of garment making – exploring the potential for new Stitchless methods to replace sewing with needle and thread. For our customer – the US Navy – the…Read More
Propel is engaged in multiple DOD SBIR funded efforts, and its own efforts to develop e-yarns, e-textiles and smart garments with a goal of connecting the human to the system, such as the sailor to the shipʼs system. Topic Title: Electronically Functional Garment Systems: A Smart Integrated Uniform (SIU™) Demonstration Prototype SBIR Phase II: N143-127…Read More
Propel is a key member of the multi-company, multi-university team that has worked with Globe Manufacturing LLC, Pittsfield NH, to develop the first workplace wearable to continuously monitor a firefighterʼs physiology and indoor location. WASP™ collects, transmits, and displays integrated user data in real time to a command station or remote monitoring location. Knowing where…Read More