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One handle to provide flip, fold, tumble and recline.

  • Mechanism travel variation
  • Release force variation 
  • Child release under 20N

  • Integrated 1-handle system
  • Energy storage
  • Central tolerance control
  • 20N push-button release

Tactical Control Cable Systems - Michigan, United States - Grand Rapids Controls


Grand Rapids Controls set out to design reliable solutions for the equipment of soldiers who serve their country. Heavy packs have been a life-threatening encumberment since WWI. Over the years, the weight of equipment has been reduced, and essential gear has been prioritized, but there are still moments when the extra baggage must quickly be removed. We designed a tactical vest cable system that allows for immediate release at multiple buckle points.

Built for Tactical Applications

Because of the nature of tactical engagements, we needed to achieve 100% reliability for the release system. The mechanical control cables and actuators reliably achieve sequential release of several buckles. By routing the tactical control cables withing the vest, we avoid adding bulk to the shoulders that already carry the backpack straps and other gear. The user-friendly design can be easily reassembled in 30 seconds or repaired in the field if necessary.

Trials and Adoption

Over the course of design and development, we found that synchronized release led to a loss of leverage. If the wrong buckle released first, the user had considerable difficulty releasing the remaining buckles. Sequential release resolved that issue, and other design alterations improved comfort and reliability. Since the program's adoption, more than 700,000 release systems have been supplied to the US Army. Modular versions have been developed for use by police and SWAT undercover applications, which are light weight enough to work under clothes.

Automated Assembly

At Grand Rapids Controls, our automated assembly allows for benchmark quality on a large production scale. We believe in finding innovative solutions to your design constraints, and our extensive system knowledge extends to a wide variety of different applications, from pull-pull cable systems for HVAC to powered actuators for seating. We have in-house collaborative capabilities that we integrate into a high value productions solution. Our holistic approach draws from our breadth of experience in different industries, fueling further innovation. With an emphasis on being highly responsive, our staff makes a point of being proactive in anticipating the needs of customers.

A forward-thinking approach is essential for achieving results, especially in a field as exacting as tactical applications.



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