Many organizations make great use of Advanced Conversion Technology (ACT) power supply products throughout the United States. Both military and private sector industries from defense to mining, excavation and more benefit from reliable, ruggedized military-grade power supplies. However, it’s important to note that Advanced Conversion Technology offers military power supply solutions that are fit for service almost anywhere in the world.
The military relies on these power sources in harsh conditions worldwide, and there are a number of civilian enterprises that can benefit from the use of rugged, reliable ACT military power supply products as well. Here are some of the many places where ACT military field power supply solutions can work the best and some of the reasons why.
Empowering US Operations Around the Globe
America’s role as the world’s largest military and leading superpower brings U.S. troops to remote locations in all corners of the globe. Aside from active combat situations, U.S. military personnel play a fundamental role in humanitarian interventions and disaster relief. Still more troops are stationed at bases for strategic or historical purposes.
The diversity of environments in which the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard must operate requires equipment that is rugged and reliable. In this article, we look at some of the various regions with an active U.S. military presence and the specific considerations that go into designing effective military field power supply modules.
Europe and the Americas
The U.S. has a significant military presence throughout Europe and North and South America. While the U.S. is not involved in any active conflicts in these regions, it maintains bases and has personnel on the ground in almost every country. In Germany, for example, a network of 179 bases is home to more than 37,000 troops.
Military activity in Europe and the Americas has ranged from studying the changing environmental conditions in the Arctic Sea to providing humanitarian relief work in Haiti following 2016’s Hurricane Matthew. Military fielded power supplies in these regions must be highly durable and capable of continued operation in extreme temperatures and other environmental conditions.
Mining operations around the world demand a highly reliable and consistent power supply. With mining operations picking up in Spain, Portugal, France, Finland and Serbia, rugged power supply manufacturing will be an integral part of continued growth, providing constant uptime in demanding worksites throughout Europe.
Asia and Oceania
Nearly 50,000 U.S. troops are currently stationed in Japan, while Australia, Singapore and South Korea all host active bases. Key priorities in these regions include keeping an eye on tensions in the South China Sea, monitoring the ongoing situation in North Korea and responding to natural disasters such as 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the 2011 tsunami in Japan.
Shipboard power systems in these regions must be compliant with MIL-STD-1399 standards. They must also be capable of standing up to extreme humidity levels, shocks and vibrations, and other demanding conditions.
Africa and the Middle East
Geopolitical concerns in Africa and the Middle East include civil wars in Syria, Libya, and Yemen, insurgencies by ISIS in Iraq and Boko Haram in Nigeria, violence in Mali and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the conflict between Israel and Palestine. A strong U.S. military presence is attempting to bring stability to these regions — in the Middle East alone, more than 35,000 troops are currently stationed across 20 countries.
Military power supply applications in these regions must be reliable in locations ranging from the mountains of Pakistan to the arid Sahel of East Africa. Resistance to dust exposure, tolerances for high temperatures, and the ability to survive vibrations due to rugged terrains are essential in a power supply.
The United States maintains operations throughout the Middle East, including in countries like Afghanistan. Afghanistan is a place with harsh desert conditions, and military vehicles in the desert require a military-grade power supply, meeting the stringent military MIL-STD-810F, that can stand up to the unforgiving environment. It is resistant to sand, dust, temperature extremes, humidity, altitude and shock and vibration, making it the perfect military vehicle power supply for desert vehicles as they conquer tough terrain.
In the desert, an aircraft may lift off from hot sands of over +100 °F (38 °C) and swiftly climb to altitudes of 40,000 feet where the temperature drops rapidly to -69.7 °F (-56.5 °C). Throughout this intense transition, critical power supply components must deliver smooth, accurate current to aircraft systems.
Across the Pacific Ocean, the United States is on track to maintain a presence of some 350 ships over the next few years. That’s over 100 ships more than we currently deploy, and that makes a reliable naval power supply more important than ever. ACT can deliver with military-grade power supply products meeting MIL-STD-1399 and provide reliable performance in demanding oceanic conditions.
Jungles represent significant challenges for power supply products, including constant humidity, high heat, and debris. One such environment is South Korea, a long-time ally of the US in operations abroad. It’s the location of a variety of military personnel, including a significant Air Force presence. This means there’s a need for durable air force power supply solutions, that meet MIL-STD-704 offered by ACT.
Antarctic research stations provide vital data to the global community. Thirty different governments operate research centers in the Antarctic. In this area, reliable power supplies are crucial. A loss of power could lead to extremely hazardous conditions for the staff of these stations due to the harsh elements. This area is just the kind of location for the military-grade power supply products ACT engineers. ACT equipment stands up to these weather extremes and provides consistent power to those who place their trust in it every day.
Why ACT Power Supply Solutions are Best for Your Operation
ACT manufactures global power supply solutions for all regions with a U.S. military presence. We provide rugged, highly reliable products that are keeping onboard electronics operational in ships, aircraft, and ground vehicles around the world. If you have jobs that require reliable power supplies that can operate in tough conditions, a military-grade solution like an ACT power supply product is your best option. Why? Because of the high standards that the military holds military-grade equipment to.
Military-grade power supplies need to meet demanding standards in order to be quiet, water-resistant, humidity-resistant and resistant to high levels of vibration and shock. They need to be resistant to temperatures as high as 176 degrees Fahrenheit (80 °C) and as low as -40 degrees F (-40 °C). They must support the voltage ranges for normal, abnormal, and emergency operational modes for military-grade aircraft and vehicles.
If you’re ready to supply power to your operation using the high standards the military shares, ACT is the company you need. To find out more about how ACT can support your power needs or to order ACT military power supply products, contact us online or call us at 717.939.2300.