The Atlas Tower Kit has been featured on T&D World’s website where its use case for linemen in harsh, remote environments is highlighted. Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is one of the first companies in the electric utility industry to adopt Atlas products into their normal hoist, winch, and rescue routines, saving time and money while minimizing environmental impact and complying with OSHA fall restraint standards. Atlas Devices worked closely with TEP to ensure our Powered Rope Ascenders would be compatible with their standard equipment and procedures. We look forward to expanding our customers’ reach and enabling such vital work to be done higher, faster, safer.
Atlas Devices is honored to have been chosen to receive the inaugural “Best in Show” award at this year’s Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC). Although it was our 9th year attending the expo, our efforts to continually expand the interactive nature of our booth paid off especially well this year, leading to the recognition by a unanimous decision of the judges. Thanks to our ongoing R&D efforts continually yielding exciting new innovations to showcase, we had a great reception from many users who connected with the capabilities offered by our ever-expanding product line. Our triple-tier shipping container climbing structure contained both a ferromagnetic wall and a “hook and climb” assembly. We were able to demonstrate virtually every product in our catalog, most notably our newest Powered Rope Ascender: the light and compact APA-1X—which spares none of the legendary ruggedness and reliability that Special Operations Forces expect from Atlas Powered Ascenders. Other tactical access and rescue solutions included the Atlas Tactical Ladder (ATL), the REBS Pneumatic Grapnel Hook Launcher, and the REBS Compact Launcher. We enjoyed connecting with professionals from around the world to show how our solutions and development capabilities can extend reach and reduce risk to warfighters and tactical service personnel. Thank you to all who were involved in making this conference so successful!
Recently, Atlas Devices was invited to participate in the New Hampshire Boy Scout Jamboree. The BSA Jamboree, which is held in the state every four years, brings together Scout Troops from across New England for a weekend of camping, tradition, and activities. This year, the Jamboree was held at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon on May 4th-6th. The event organizers asked if we would demonstrate some of our equipment for the participants on Saturday, May 5th. We were to be among dozens of other exhibitors in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) camp. Other camps that were present in and around the race track included a shooting sports camp, a high adventure camp with a climbing wall, a First Responders camp, and an aviation camp.
I was especially excited to be able to participate because I am an Eagle Scout from Troop 459 in Lee, NH and attended the NH Jamboree as a Scout back when it was held at Gunstock Mountain Resort. I have always felt that my time in Scouting has helped direct me in my adult life, and I continue to use the skills I learned in my professional career. The Co-Founder and COO of Atlas Devices, Dan Walker—who is also an Eagle Scout, even joked that it was the reason I was hired. To make this outreach opportunity even better, we received permission from the NH Motor Speedway to rig our ropes to their 85 foot steel display tower in the race track infield.
With a car packed full of demo gear, banners, and swag, we got an early start from Boston and were inside the track by 8 AM. We began by harnessing up and climbing the tower to set our ropes and banner. At the top, we had an excellent view of the entire speedway and surrounding areas. Nearby campsites were ravaged by wind which had been blowing 50+ mph since the prior evening. Several race cars and a few motorcycles were practicing on the track for most of the day, and a Black Hawk helicopter made several flyovers. The wind proved a nuisance, but we were up and running by 9 AM with an ascender line, a safety line, an Atlas Tactical Ladder (ATL) setup, and a REBS Compact Launcher with grappling hook projectile on display.
At first, it appeared to many as if we were a utility crew repairing the tower, but eventually several scouts, their leaders, and families came over to see what we had going on. We explained various methods of rapid access and rescue to them, incorporating the gear we had on hand. To facilitate interaction, we allowed the Scouts to use an APA-5 Wireless Remote to control one of us on the Ascender. One Scout in particular could not get enough, and declared he was going to stay with us all day (which he just about did). Zipping up and down the height of the tower caught some more attention, including that of the University of the New Hampshire Wildcats mascot and one of the Jamboree organizers in a “Tommy T-Rex” costume, both of whom we hooked to the APA-5 for a ride up the tower. A reporter from the Union Leader took photos for a story released later that weekend—highlighting the fact that 3,600 Scouts were in attendance!
In the afternoon, we handed out the rest of our stickers and bracelets and began packing up. We were visited again by an event organizer who thanked us with a card and 2018 Jamboree patch. Since many of the other activities were still going on, we decided to browse the rest of the STEM camp. Inside the nearby garage, they were offering welding instruction and showing off robotic submerged vehicles. In the parking lot, the New Hampshire Astronomical Society had several telescopes tracking the sun, capturing the solar corona. We are very grateful to have had the opportunity to be part of the Jamboree, and look forward to participating in similar outreach programs in the future.
We’re excited to be here at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, Colorado for this spring’s Incident Prevention Utility Safety Conference and Expo! This is Atlas Devices’ first time attending iPC, and we’ve just finished setting up our exhibit in booth 165 adjacent to the main entrance. Our ropes have been rigged to the Embassy conference room ceiling, allowing for demonstrations of our Utility Powered Ascenders (APA-5-U) up to 35 feet. Other equipment includes our REBS launchers, which are both on display and shown in use by utility professionals on a 55” screen. A reminder that we will be running scheduled demos of the APA-5-U at 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, and 1:00 PM both days of the expo, with more in between as necessary. We look forward to meeting attendees during exhibit hours in addition to attending utility seminars and panel discussions offered throughout the week. To learn more about our company’s mission, don’t forget to attend the Atlas private reception just off the main Embassy bar on Wednesday, April 25th from 5-8 PM. Our CEO, Nate Ball, will be giving an address and we will discuss how Atlas technologies can help address your individual rope access needs. Refreshments will be provided and there is going to be a raffle for a custom YETI cooler. Check out the time-lapse footage of our booth setup below, and remember that we are also here to learn from YOU, so please stop by and introduce yourself!
We are excited to announce that Atlas Devices has joined the lineup of exhibitors at the spring Incident Prevention Conference (iPC) in Loveland, Colorado April 24th-26th. Our recent expansion into the utility market makes iPC an obvious choice to learn, network, and of course showcase our Atlas Powered Ascenders and REBS Launching equipment. Come visit us in booth 165 during exhibit hours to meet our team and get a hands-on demonstration of the APA-5-U Powered Ascender. Scheduled interactive demos will be running at 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, and 1:00 PM both days of the expo, with more in between as necessary. Also be sure to attend the exclusive Atlas Reception on Wednesday, April 25th from 5-8 PM in the Embassy dining room reserved off the main showroom bar to discuss your company’s access needs and hear an address by our co-founder and CEO Nate Ball, who is also the Emmy Award winning host of the PBS Kids hit engineering show Design Squad. We look forward to hearing how our state of the art technology can help you achieve your objective and go higher, faster, safer.
Atlas Devices is at the 2018 HAI Heli-Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center! You can find us with our partners from Capewell Aerial Systems at their exhibition booth number N6322. Capewell is showcasing their aerospace and life support solutions, while we are demonstrating the Atlas Powered Ascender (APA-5) as an alternate and dismountable personnel and equipment hoist. We are excited to connect with many of the 700+ exhibitors present at the world’s largest helicopter industry trade show.
Atlas Devices CEO Nate Ball hosted Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon as part of the kickoff to her #SBAIgniteTour on Wednesday, February 7th. During her visit to the Charlestown, MA facility, McMahon got a first-hand look at where Atlas Devices designs and manufactures their products, and heard the story of the company’s growth.
With the help of SBA resources including the Massachusetts Export Center, a Small Business Development Company (SBDC), and SBA backed loans such as the Export Working Capital loan and Contract CAPline loan, Atlas Devices was able to grow for over a decade with non-dilutive capital. With new investment from Pine Street Capital, a Small Business Investment Company (SBIC), Atlas continues to chart an exciting path forward with the help of the SBA.
“The SBA has been behind all of our key growth periods, so it meant a lot to us to show the Administrator the company we’ve built with SBA’s help,” said Ball. At the end of the tour, McMahon, the former President and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE), took note of the Atlas Devices arm wrestling table and Championship Belt and was up for a friendly match.
Atlas Devices is at SHOT Show 2018! Come see us in Booth 2311 with our friends from SinterFire. On display will be an assortment of our powerful solutions for rapid tactical access and rescue, demonstrated by our team of experts. Gear highlights include Atlas Powered Ascenders, tactical ladders like the Atlas Tactical Ladder (ATL) and the Pilot Innovations Lightweight Assault Ladder (LAL-18), and much more.
The Atlas Devices RACC kit, an optional accessory for the ATL, adds on to the already extensive capability of its workhorse ladder. The RACC takes the hasty stretcher configuration of the ATL to the next level. Using the systems integrated straps and ropes, the RACC kit transforms the ATL from a hasty stretcher to a hoist-able litter. For more information on Atlas Devices’ RACC system check out the feature on Soldier Systems Daily.
The Atlas Tactical Ladder (ATL): Now a single operator can carry a squad level capability in one lightweight and compact piece of equipment. The ATL offers the capability of a ladder, a hasty stretcher, and a bridge. Through user driven design and advanced engineering, Atlas Devices has created a system that is efficient, quick and most importantly easy to use. For more information on the Atlas Tactical Ladder check out the feature on Soldier Systems Daily.