MS Instruments announces recent successes
ADS member MS Instruments PLC, a high technology company specialising in the design and manufacture of live-fire training systems, ballistics instrumentation and covert protection systems, has announced it has been selected to supply its Strawboard Imager System to a Government research establishment in South-East Asia.
The Strawboard Imager is a device designed for research establishments and ammunition manufacturers to provide rapid analysis of the effects of warheads or fragmenting devices at the target.
Conventionally, this is achieved by assembling large pieces of card, known as strawboard, into stacks up to 40 deep around the detonation area. The resulting hole patterns are then measured to calculate dispersion and penetration.
Normally, manual post-trial analysis is very time consuming, typically taking 3-6 months. With the Strawboard Imager, rapid 3-Dimensional results are obtained in a matter of hours. Image data is collected using an Area Scan Camera connected to a “Frame Grabber” capable of capturing data at speeds of 85MHz. This is linked to a processor and the whole system is Windows based for ease of operation. For standard strawboard tests, the software has built-in characterisation tables. When the user wishes to use a different board type, the MS Instruments Projectile Velocity Measuring System (PVMS), which is accurate to better than 0.05%, can be used to produce the user’s own characterisation data
MS Instruments has also recently introduced an update to its Flight Follower system. The Flight Follower has been developed to meet the high speed imaging needs of modern ammunition designers and manufacturers and films a projectile in flight. The Flight Follower can now be specified with a fully motorised and remote controlled head unit. This enables the user to adjust the position of the head unit in three dimensions during the trial, without the need to return to the Flight Follower once it is in position.
The user-friendly control software allows complex 3-D adjustments to be made easily.
Photo shows the latest version of the Flight Follower