LINE-X Coating Used to Protect Mobile Combat Welding Trailer
LINE-X has been selected to provide spray-on coatings to Growler Manufacturing and Engineering for use on its combat welding trailer known as the Mobile Tactical Welding Shop (MTWS).
Since 1999, Growler has designed and manufactured special-purpose vehicles and equipment at its Star, North Carolina facilities. As a Department of Defense contractor, Growler is no stranger to designing and manufacturing heavy-duty vehicle equipment for the U. S. armed forces, according to a press release.
The MTWS is a military-grade mobile tactical welding shop that integrates specific tools and equipment enclosed in an all-terrain trailer. It is designed to endure the harsh elements and rugged terrain often found on the battlefield. The MTWS permits highly qualified military personnel to perform both electric and gas cutting and welding for maintenance or repair on vehicles and equipment in combat conditions.
The MTWS also contains two on-board engine-driven generators, an air compressor and its own braking system. This allows the U.S. Marine Corps. to keep its fleet of vehicles and equipment running 24/7 during times of war.
Since the MTWS must meet a wide variety of strict U.S. military standards, the LINE-X coating includes Chemical Agent Resistant Coating (CARC). The high-build polyurea (HBP) barrier coating also meets chip, impact, wear and abrasion resistance standards called out in MIL-PRF-32440B.
“With protection, coating durability and extended lifecycle in mind, we needed a product that could outperform typical coatings,” said John Crews, president of Growler Manufacturing and Engineering. “After evaluating several different options, nothing performed as well as LINE-X, so we quickly determined it was the right choice for this project.”
LINE-X noted that its protective spray-on coatings will play a crucial role in providing long-lasting durability for the MTWS on the battlefield by providing the following:
- Protection against harsh-weather elements such as rain, sand, snow, mud and other debris found in combat
- A durable, impact- and abrasion-resistant polyurea coating barrier on the surface of the MTWS to protect against chemical- and biological-warfare
- Increased longevity and extended lifecycle by reducing maintenance and increasing in-service time
“We are very excited to be working with Growler as the exclusive polyurea coating provider for its tactical-welding trailer. Knowing it’s protected by LINE-X is a huge advantage for our military,” said Dennis Weese, president of LINE-X. “As a veteran myself, I understand the harsh conditions experienced on the battlefield, and I am confident that Growler made the right choice by trusting LINE-X to help protect the equipment relied upon by our service members. LINE-X is already trusted by the military in many different applications, and we are excited to add the mobile-welding trailer to that growing list.”