Shot Counter Moves to Small-Scale Production

Date of Release: 2006-02-27

Lansing, NY, February 28, 2006 – From the acorns of small production grow great commercial oaks: Advanced Design Consulting (ADC), of Lansing, N.Y. has been awarded a contract by the Special Operations Forces to begin a small-scale production of a device – the Shot Counter – that keeps soldiers safe. It is an electronic odometer for the military's M4 and M16 automatic weapons.

Whether working in desert, arctic, beach or urban conditions, Special Operations soldiers subject their weapons to high usage and stress levels. Precisely keeping accurate weapon maintenance records reduces the possibility of backfires and jams in the heat of battle.

The Shot Counter keeps track of the bullets the weapon has expended and this turns arms maintenance from an art to a science. Previously, the military serviced these weapons according to a timetable. Instead the Shot Counter servicing is based on usage and it can be used on any type of firearm. By May, ADC expects to deliver 160 shot counters to the military. "This contract is clearly good news and confirms ADC is on the right track," says Alex Deyhim, president of ADC. "This product is now ready to take off for large production and we are going to develop the manufacturing process."

Moving the Shot Counter from the laboratory workbench to the small-scale manufacturing process has created important jobs for skilled workers in the Ithaca area. It has provided employment to engineers, machinists, and to those skilled at assembly and product testing. Once the product goes to full production, more jobs will be created, says Deyhim.

The Shot Counter measures bullet expenditure by examining shock, vibration, and barrel temperature. It then calculates the number of shots the weapon fires, along with the firing cadence, and transmits that data to a hand-held device or to a personal computer. The information shows precisely how often the weapon has been fired and it describes firing conditions. Aboard the tiny Shot Counter, storing important data is easy. Instead of using multiple memory chips, which increases the Shot Counter's bulk, ADC uses a single micro-controller and stores important data in two histograms. This reduces size and cost to the military, and it enables the Shot Counter to record hundreds of thousands of events on its memory.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York), who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, congratulated ADC on its contract. "ADC's contract is yet another important example of a Central New York company playing a critical role in national security," Senator Clinton said. "In my role as New York's first senator to serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee, I will continue to work on behalf of New York companies who are supporting our national security."

About the company: Advanced Design Consulting USA, Inc. (ADC) is a privately owned company organized and structured to provide technical services to all types of clients from small scientific entrepreneurs to universities, government agencies and private industries. The firm's expertise and activities are primarily related to engineering design, research and development, testing and custom fabrication. It searches for innovative solutions to difficult problems. To learn more about ADC products and services, visit the website at
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