The Office of Naval Research needed a self-powered, remote-controlled tension system that would reduce cargo damage, decrease load and unload times, and minimize crew involvement.


We created a system of individual units which, when networked together, provide the ability to simultaneously secure and release loads. This entailed designing a customized multi-hop wireless communication, advanced sensing capabilities, and a proprietary self-releasing hook. It also included a custom motor, high performance battery pack, linear actuator, printed circuit boards, and carbon fiber case.


Our new small, lightweight, and semi-automated system requires minimal human involvement to tension and release loads, reducing load and unload times by 20 percent. Additional uses are being considered for nuclear waste transport, rail shipping, and aircraft docking.