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Hernon Manufacturing Receives Patent for Bullet Tip Identification Process

By Hernon Manufacturing

Sanford, FL., January 24, 2014 – Hernon Manufacturing, the innovator in adhesives, sealants and dispensing equipment is pleased to announce its invention for bullet tip identification has received a United States Patent.

“Our bullet tip identification process is not limited to a specific size or shape of ammunition cartridge,” said Harry Arnon, President of Hernon Manufacturing.  “The invention may be adapted as desired for use with any size or shape ammunition cartridge, including different caliber cartridges.”

Background of the Invention

Rifle and handgun cartridges are shaped to be fired from a firearm that has a specific caliber. Because of this, the shape of the cartridges does not vary by manufacturer. Cartridge manufacturers often remedy this by stamping their names onto the bottom of the cartridge case to allow users to distinguish one brand from another.

A user may wish to identify ammunition to indicate training rounds, live rounds, caliber, etc. Conventional approaches to ammunition identification have been to either etch a mark into the exterior of the bullet or to paint the tip of the bullet. Unfortunately, these techniques have drawbacks such as poor and inconsistent adherence of the marking material, distorting the weight distribution of the bullet, affecting the ballistic performance of the bullet, affecting the firing trajectory of the bullet, or affecting the ease of loading.

Hernon’s Patented Invention

Hernon Manufacturing invented a process to not only make a bullet tip identifiable, but also avoid conventional drawbacks.  The Patent, number US 8,607,7-7 B1, is for Identifiable Ammunition and Related Methods.

“With our patented process, bullets can be made identifiable and distinguishable from other bullets or cartridges by placing a user identifiable marker on the bullet. The marker may be made of paper, plastic, metal or any other suitable materials and may include one or more letters, words, numbers, symbols, designs, logos, etc,” said Arnon.

In accordance with the invention, an identifiable bullet may be made by forming a bore in the projectile portion of the ammunition, placing a marker in the bore, introducing a flowable polymetric material into the bore, and hardening the polymetric material. This provides a substantially transparent window through which the marker can be viewed by a user for identification of the bullet.

“The polymeric material is an adhesive that cures or hardens when exposed to ultraviolet radiation. “Suitable UV curable polymeric materials include, but are not limited to, acrylate, methacrylate, epoxy, urethane, rubber, or combinations thereof,” added Arnon. “The UV curing process may either be performed manually by using a hand held UV curing light or using an automated process in which the polymeric material and curing process are performed in the same mechanized production line.”

HERNON Manufacturing has been committed to delivering world class adhesive, sealant, and impregnation solutions along with precision dispensing systems for nearly four decades.  A long-time member of Central Florida’s industrial manufacturing community, HERNON offers strong brands and technologies, all made in the United States, for a diverse range of industries including:  Energy/Power Generation, Medical, Electronics, Electrical, LED, Automotive, Appliances, Sporting Goods, Ammunition, Communications, Aerospace, Aviation, High Tech Audio, Defense, Fire Suppression, Transportation, and Marine. HERNON Manufacturing is proud to be an ISO-9001 and ITAR registered company whose products meet or exceed Mil-Specs.

  • Awarded 2012 ThinkGlobal Exporter of the Year
  • Nominated one of Florida’s Top Companies to Watch in 2012
  • Received the 2012 William C. Schwartz Industry Innovation Award
  • Named 2013 State of Florida Small Business Exporter of the Year

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