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Hydraulic Pneumatic Hybrid Emergency (HYPHE) Cutter

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-21-C-0247
Agency Tracking Number: N192-098-0223
Amount: $599,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N192-098
Solicitation Number: 19.2
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-06-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-06-30
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810-1111
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Alex Moerlein
 (978) 738-8153
Business Contact
 B. David Green
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution

The Navy Combat Logistics Force (CLF) has identified a need for an emergency crew-portable device capable of cutting a suspended 1-inch or greater steel cable at cargo transfer stations during Connected Underway Replenishment (CONREP). If an emergency break away is initiated, the ship's crew needs a safe, reliable and ergonomic device to cut highline cables. PSI will develop the Hydraulic Pneumatic Hybrid Emergency (HYPHE) Cutter. This novel device uses a three-stage force application system to reliably and safely cut 1 inch to 1.5 inch steel cable in under 1 second. The HYPHE Cutter is a completely self-contained system that does not rely on the ship’s utilities (e.g. hydraulics, electricity) to operate, eliminating the risk of failure due to outages. The system also has the added benefit of cutting up to three 1 inch steel cables before needing to be reloaded, mitigating the risk of a failure to fully sever the cable. The system is light weight and simple to use, only requiring a single crew member with minimal training to operate.

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