The interesting thing about this concept is if you slacken the tension a little on the cables the Arc can flex or move or alter in shape but as long as the ends are fixed it is unable to collapse. This was the starting point of this innovation. Why not apply this to a Roll Bar – Very strong, but flexible...
The first prototype was a very crude miniature model built with a wood base and wooden segments. This proved to us that the concept would in fact actually work. We then made a full size prototype with steel base and experimented with different shaped segments and different strength springs. The next step was fitting one to a Quad and rolling it down a bank, then placing over a person on the ground. We could then see the potential in this product. A lot of on-going development has followed with the help of Industrial Research Ltd – Technology Engineers, to finally come up with the present “LifeGuard®” which has nylon segments, alloy base, built in winch, spring loaded mechanism, and neoprene cover.
The final step has been a rigorous testing program which is now completed and we feel that this product is now ready for production.
Vernon T. Suckling