Auto X, Extrication, Jaws, Hydraulic Rescue Tools, Cutters, Spreaders
Genesis Rescue Systems offers rescue personnel, military, and first responders full product lines of both battery hydraulics and conventional hydraulic systems. The eForce battery hydraulic offers users the ability to use commercially available Milwaukee Tool 28 volt battery.
All of Genesis Rescue Systems equipment is manufactured in an ISO 9001:2015 certified facility in Dayton, Ohio. This certification is required by NFPA 1936:2015, a compliancy that keeps first responders and emergency personnel safe.
At Genesis Rescue Systems we believe the blade of the cutter is the most significant part of the tool. It is for this reason; we use a manufacturing process that produces the strongest, most reliable blades available. This manufacturing process begins above steels recrystallization temperature. When the steel reaches this optimal temperature the forging process can begin. Unlike other metal manufacturing processes, forging produces a work piece with superior strength and durability. All qualities rescue personnel and The Genesis Family live by.
Why not machined or cast blades?
The forging process produces greater consistency, quality, and hardness of the metal. Casting may be a more economic means of producing blades – a cast will cost 50% less to manufacture than forged blades. The downside to casting is the material is poured into a mold and this can trap bubbles in the material. The bubbles can create weak points in the metal. These weak points can lead to broken blades, which in turn can lead to additional injury on the scene. Machined cutter blades may be more susceptible to fatigue and stress because machining cuts the steels grain pattern. Cutting the grain pattern can create “Stress Risers“ these imperfections can cause cracks in the blades causing the blade to break and possibly lead to injury. Forging creates a grain structure oriented to the blade resulting in optimum strength and resistance to stress and fatigue.
FORGING VS. MACHINING
We invest greatly in the engineering process of our cutter blades before we ever begin the forging process. This means that our blades have been tested rigorously before we produce the “die” that will hammer out our blades. Unlike machined blades, (machined blades can be redesigned on the fly if the design fails) forged blades require an extensive up-front investment, detailed research and development, and superior overall quality. You can rest assure that from the first to the last cut, Genesis blades will perform as hard as you. A forged blade is made from a solid piece of material that is heated to above its recrystallization temperature. The material is then stamped by means of closed-die drop forging. A hammer strikes the die multiple times, thus creating a Genesis blade. This process leaves the grain completely uninterrupted. The grain flows with the contour of the blade and produces a stronger blade. Molten steel is poured into a cast. The result of the cast leaves pockets or bubbles between the grain. This is where the cast blade is weakest. Molten steel is poured into a cast. The result of the cast leaves pockets or bubbles between the grain. This is where the cast blade is weakest.
HANDS ON ERGONOMICS
The push button control allows for greater safety to the operator by being able to control the tool with only one finger if need be. This gives the user the ability to keep appendages safe while still having total control over the tool. Traditional twist style controllers require that the operator’s entire hand is gripped tightly on the tool, and this puts that hand in danger of being crushed between the surface and tool with no way to release the power of the tool, effectively trapping the appendage.
The Genesis push button control is a variable speed controller. Lightly depressing the button will feather the speed at which the tool open and closes. The more you depress the button the faster the tool will operate.
FINE VS. GROSS MUSCLE MOVEMENTS
When feathering the power of the tool, the push button control makes use of fine muscle movements in the fingers to control how fast the tool operates. In situations where a patient’s appendage is trapped, this ultimate control can become an invaluable advantage. Traditional “twist” style controllers make use of larger muscles located in the forearm, this can lead to gross muscle movements which can place rescue personnel at a severe disadvantage.
All standard Genesis Rescue Tools come complete with our push button control. The push button control makes use of fine muscle movements as opposed to gross muscle movements when using a standard “twist” controller. This enables the user to feather the power of the tool, easily reposition the tool safely for cutting or spreading, and avoid the possible pinching or trapping of the user’s hand.
NFPA 1936 COMPLIANCE
PUBLISHED NFPA NUMBERS
When Choosing rescue tools, NFPA 1936 has done most of the work for you. Genesis publishes the NFPA 1936 test results, certified by TUV, our third party testing organization. We test all of our equipment which lets our customers compare any of our tools performance against other NFPA certified rescue tools. This practice allows department to compare rescue tools on a apples to apples basis.
THE START OF THE SPREAD
This is where most extrications begin. Gaining access by using the spreader to pry vehicle doors open requires the tips of the spreader to start at their weakest position or LSF (Lowest Spreading Force). As the spreader opens it gains leverage and the spreading force increases exponentially. The problem is that as the vehicle door is spread it actually requires less force to continue to open. Therefore, the most important force to consider when choosing spreaders is
the NFPA 1936 “LFS” number.
MAX CUTTING FORCE
Maximum cutting force is NOT an NFPA number. Why? If you look at the illustration at the right you will see two sets of blades. One set is just about to close completely. The other set has overlapped. Maximum cutting force is a CALCULATED force, not a measured force. Therefore maximum cutting force depends on where the blades are when you calculate the force generated. You can calculate the force when the blades just start to close see example 1, or you can calculate the maximum force when the blades have stopped moving and overlap each other, see example 2. Genesis Rescue chooses to provide end users with a realistic cutting force, as opposed to claiming our tools cut at a maximum force that is only obtainable after the material has been cut. The NFPA realizes this and therefore has developed a real life test that enables them to test tools on an even basis.
GET THE FACTS
Ask about max cutting force calculations, false information can cost lives. When comparing cutters, be diligent and ask the manufacturer to provide the cutters NFPA numbers and certification.
LSF AND NFPA 1936
LSF or lowest spreading force will prove to be the most important number when evaluating and comparing spreaders. All spreaders increase in power as the arms open. LSF is produced at the beginning of the spread and remains steady until the arms are near the full open position where the force rises substantially to the HSF. Since most spreading operations requiring high spreading force are performed within the first ten inches of opening, the LSF will be the most important number to consider.
USABLE SPREADING FORCE
This is where most extrications begin. Gaining access by using the spreader to pry the vehicle doors open requires the tips of the spreader to start at their weakest position or LSF (Lowest Spreading Force). As the spreader opens it gains leverage and the spreading force increases exponentially. The problem is that as the vehicle door begins to separate it actually requires less force to continue to open. Therefore, the most important force when choosing spreaders is actually the NFPA 1936 “LSF” number.
MORE POWER UP FRONT
What does that mean? Well it means our spreaders have more power at the beginning of the spread, where you need it most. If you look at the chart below you can see that the Genesis Spreader starts at a much higher spreading force than our competition. This is integral when choosing a spreader because it gives rescue personnel more power when starting the
“The largest foreseeable hurdle in extrication for the next several years will be the auto industy’s increased use of High Strength Low Alloy (HSLA), and Ultra High Strength (UHSS/Boron)” Dwayne Bales, University of Illinois School of Fire Science
These exotic metals present a serious problem for most hydraulic cutters on the market today. At Genesis, we have recognized the urgent critical need for more powerful cutters and have responded by not only producing some of the strongest cutters on the market, but testing each of them on the latest Boron / UHSS steel reinforced vehicles in order to assure rescue personnel of reliable performance during real life extrications. UHSS requires an enormous amount of compression force to cause it to catastrophically crack or shatter. The cutter does not actually cut the UHSS material. UHSS steel has very similar< properties to that of glass, as it is extremly hard, but very brittle. As you watch the video you can see this concept by listening for the “crack” of the UHSS bars as they are cut. The enormous amount of pressure it takes to “crack” the bars is where other hydraulic cutters don’t measure up.
We work in conjunction with leading instructors and major insurance companies to seek out vehicles that present rescue personnel the greatest difficulty in extrication. This gives Genesis, and the end user the ability to see first hand how the tools will perform in real life extrications, on the toughest vehicles that employ the use of boron, UHSS technology.
The full line of Genesis Rescue Systems battery powered hydraulic rescue tools were designed to maximize power and mobility. Each tool was designed to reflect the same power characteristics as their conventional hydraulic counterparts. eForce 2.0 is driven by a brushless motor with neodymium magnets and a rotating case that are manufactured using the latest technology from the finest quality materials. The hardened steel 5/16 inch shaft is supported by three ball bearings, and the overall robust construction ensures a long service life.
Get durability, runtime, and power to complete the toughest extrications. The M28 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack is built to handle high-torque applications. Managed by Milwaukee’s exclusive REDLINK Intelligence, the battery features overload protection to prevent you from damaging your cordless power tools in heavy-duty situations, while the discharge protection prevents cell damage. The temperature management system and individual cell monitoring help maximize battery life. Use this high voltage lithium-ion battery pack to power your Milwaukee M28 and V28 cordless power tools.
The next generation of untethered extrication. We started the redesign with the drive unit, adding a brushless motor that makes more power. Encased it with newly designed state of the art housing equipped with impact resistant polymer. This allowed us to squeeze more run time out of the M28 battery by nearly double. Upgrading the heart of the drive unit allowed us a higher operating speed.
Some emergency situations call for some serious power. The eForce 2.0 line has you covered with a light, compact power source. With 15 Amp hours of power capacity the E-Pack is ideal for search and rescue and MVAs.
THERES A NEW BLADE IN TOWN
As a manufacturer of rescue tools we must be prepared for any materials rescue personnel encounter on scene. This material in some cases is harder than the material used in the manufacturing of traditional cutter blades, which can lead to blade damage. NXTGEN Blade Inserts are manufactured with unique high strength alloys that maintain the tools ability to cut Boron and UHSS without damaging expensive blades. Thus, giving our cutters equipped with Nxtgen technology an edge on new vehicles safety standards. Not only can these blades perform, NXTGEN Blade Inserts can be replaced in 2 minutes. The cutting performance of any cutting blade begins with a sharp edge. It was with this thought; Genesis Rescue Systems set out to engineer and manufacture a solution to degraded cutting performance due to the rounding of the blade edge. Without sacrificing quality we created the NXTgen Blade Insert.