Advances in Additive Manufacturing (AM) have enabled the possibility of incorporating printed components into sonobuoy prototyping and full-scale production efforts at reduced costs. Improvements to part quality and material options allow for increased sonobuoy capabilities that, when combined with the decreased lead time and low price for small production runs, can lead to significant added value for new sonobuoy development. Triton Systems, Inc., a high-technology development small business firm founded in 1992 that develops advanced materials, their processing, and manufacturing technologies for commercial, industrial, and government use, has completed a study of this added value associated with the development of AM techniques for sonobuoy production and printed component prototypes for testing and incorporation into sonobuoys.
Current mission profiles and ability for mid-air refueling have extended flight times for military aircrew. Triton's new bladder relief system provides a low-cost, disposable human interfacing component that fully integrates with all aircrew equipment and Aircrew Life Support Systems (ALSS). This will allow aircrew to avoid the challenge of relieving themselves in flight, remain fully hydrated, and maintain peak cognitive and physical performance as well as situational awareness. Our system is designed for both female and male aviators, has gone through several rounds of prototyping, and its functionality has been verified. Triton Systems, Inc. develops advanced human systems technologies for commercial, industrial, and Government use. Our goal is to integrate and transition this technology into government and commercial markets by licensing our Intellectual Property to manufacturing partners.
Triton is developing an oil-free “frying” technology to replace the deep fat fryer currently used on Navy submarines. It uses controlled dynamic radiant heating to produce the same heat flux profile that occurs in deep frying, resulting in sensory acceptability equal to deep frying. This technology will replace the deep fat fryer currently used in submarine galleys including the Ohio and Virginia classes and the new Columbia class. It is a drop-in replacement with the same footprint and power requirement. Several generations of developmental prototypes have been built to incrementally build confidence in our technical approach, component selections and control strategy. Triton Systems is a developer of breakthrough technologies and products supporting DoD and commercial requirements. We conceptualize, research, and develop ideas that provide market-driven solutions.
Triton is developing a capability for the Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System (SURTASS) that will straighten the array and improve its acoustic performance. Towed arrays are idealized as straight lines in the water, but the ocean environment disturbs the system and makes it difficult to maximize the arrays’ capability. Triton is developing breakthrough technologies and products for US Navy Ocean Systems. Triton’s competitive advantage is provided by software and control algorithms underlying this technology. In Phase II, modeling and simulation has been conducted and prototype testing is ongoing. Our goal is to integrate and transition this technology into Navy towed array systems.
Triton Systems' High Optical Power Hull Penetrator is a key technology to deliver high optical power to submarine systems. Special fibers are used to mitigate issues seen in attempting to put high electromagnetic energy through fiber in a submarine. The penetrator allows more power to be delivered to a submarine system while decreasing risk to the rest of the submarine architecture by using proven hull penetrators. Triton System Inc. has a wide ranging expertise in underwater vehicle systems engineering and ultimately would like for the technology to be purchased by prime contractors for integration into submarines. As a technology incubator, Triton has helped deliver over $4 billion in shareholder value.
The USMC’s call for durable, light-weight and affordable exhaust systems for amphibious vehicles is answered by Triton’s light-weight, multilayered composite exhaust system technology. Designed to replace legacy and envisioned metal exhaust system technologies, initial prototype testing demonstrated that Triton’s technology reduces overall weight by approximately 50 percent at approximately 55 percent of the target cost with no performance degradation. Triton Systems, Inc. specializes in developing lightweight, affordable composite products to replace heavy and/or metallic structures to resolve problems of critical importance for military and commercial customers. We seek partnerships with government organizations/test facilities to demonstrate/validate prototype system capabilities and with prime contractors to license the manufacturing and incorporation of the technology. The initial target platform for this technology is the USMC Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV).
Triton Systems, Inc. develops advanced technologies for commercial, industrial, and Government use and is currently designing and building a low-power, hand-operated reverse osmosis (RO) system to desalinate brackish water which will allow Warfighters to sustain themselves until resupply operations can be conducted. For use by USMC Warfighters, this capability is smaller in size than current hand-operated sea water RO systems and includes an energy recovery pump to minimize operator fatigue and special membrane coatings that will increase water production and minimize fouling. This will permit continued operation in austere environments for several weeks when resupply of potable water cannot be regularly made. Our goal is to transition this technology to the Marine Corps so that it becomes a part of their Modified Table of Organization (MTO&E) at the squad level.
A recent report estimates that only about 7% of Marines insert earplugs correctly. Blast and Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (B/NIHL) and tinnitus are the top two disability claims for US soldiers and veterans [GAO Report, GAO-11-114]. The USMC wishes to reduce these numbers by developing an improved hearing protection device. Triton Systems, a technology development company providing innovative solutions to the government and industry, is developing the True Awareness Hearing Protector, which uses a passive acoustic filter that allows low level noise through while blocking harmful loud noises. The design minimizes the effects on the warfighters’ situational awareness and their ability to detect and localize low level noise. Our goal is to integrate and transition this technology into government and commercial markets by licensing our Intellectual Property to manufacturing partners.
Triton Systems, a technology development company that provides innovative solutions for military and commercial applications, is currently developing a communication system for helmeted divers to replace the current system developed in the 1960’s. Currently these divers have difficulty communicating among themselves and with the surface due to outdated equipment and sustained background noise levels over 100 dBA. The system has been prototyped, and increased intelligibility has been demonstrated for divers both transmitting and receiving messages. While this communication system has been designed specifically for helmeted divers, it could be adapted for use by other branches of military service with unique communication system requirements. Triton’s goal is to integrate and transition this technology into government and prime contractor systems for specialized communications systems.
The US Navy is looking to rapidly manufacture parts while at sea, specifically develop qualified materials and an Additive Manufacturing (AM) methodology to produce defect free parts and maintain geometric tolerance in a shipboard environment. With over 25 years’ experience, Triton Systems Inc. (TSI) is a technology incubator that develops materials and systems applications. Currently, TSI is developing non-halogenated flame retardant thermoplastic feedstocks for use in additive manufacturing of polymeric components in a closed environment, where the risk of fire and smoke are especially critical. The goal of this Phase II effort, hopefully the feedstock and fabricated components will meet the stringent Navy Flame, Smoke, and Toxicity (FST) requirements. TSI is looking for a partner to help commercialize the feedstock to be used in a variety of 3D printers.
Liner wear in spherical bearings can be accelerated by liquid and solid contamination. Preliminary testing has demonstrated that this contamination-resistant bearing reduces contamination without significant additional friction or cost, increasing bearing life, and reducing scheduled maintenance. The modification will not impact bearing installation time, procedures or required equipment. This patent-pending solution is targeted to the V-22 Osprey and other military rotorcraft being fielded in contaminant-rich environments, but has applications in construction equipment and motor vehicles. It can be adapted to custom and standard spherical bearing sizes, and is being developed and tested with a major bearing manufacturer. This advanced technology firm seeks program funding from program managers and prime contractors for implementation with other equipment operational in contaminant-rich environments.
The wireless sensing system developed allows for sensing in and around the body (e.g. hypoxia monitoring, physiological status monitoring, acoustic dosage, hearing protection validation). Triton Systems is a technology incubator with a long track-record of developing innovative solutions and successfully transitioning many of them to commercial products. The initial application is wireless in-ear pressure monitoring for pilots and is also being expanded for physiological status monitoring and acoustic dosage monitoring. The microsystem developed is the only in-ear sensing system platform successfully developed for extended use and continuous transmission of data. The first complete sensing systems have been developed. Triton also develops nonlinear hearing protection. Triton is seeking additional Defense customers in need of tiny sensing solutions such as hypoxia monitoring, and hearing protection validation.