Cutter cartridges come with a self-explanatory name. They free the mechanisms that enable many vital tools in aviation, including parachute devices, cables and rods. These cutters make your freight safer and allow you to complete secure extractions. AETC is proud to serve the aviation industry with essential parts you’ll find on every aircraft.

The Benefits of Cutter Cartridges

A non-explosive actuator ignites the initiator and creates the chain reaction that leads to a successful deployment, all in as little as 20 milliseconds. It offers a safe and expedient method for bomb rack releases and cargo releases. They can also serve an important role in EPAS guidelines, allowing for more control in an emergency plane evacuation.

Aviation cutter cartridges help you maintain safety and speed through every operation, whether opening doors in emergencies or cutting through rods. Some of the most important tools on an aircraft require cutters, and ensuring they come from the best supplier gives you and your team added peace of mind.

How to Classify Non-Explosive Actuators

When triggering a cutter cartridge, a minor ignition occurs to jump-start the rest of the process. Though it’s not a large explosion, cutter cartridges need extra care during transportation. To ship them properly, you first must classify them accurately so anyone who handles them knows the risks.

Every method of transporting potentially explosive or combustible equipment requires the packages to be HAZMAT classified. HAZMAT has nine classifications for hazardous materials:

  1. Explosives
  2. Gases
  3. Flammable Liquids
  4. Flammable Solids
  5. Oxidizers or Organic Peroxides
  6. Toxic and Infectious Substances
  7. Radioactive Material
  8. Corrosives
  9. Miscellaneous Hazardous Materials

Depending on their application, cutter cartridges and similar equipment may be classified as explosive or non-explosive. Non-explosive cutter cartridges hold this classification due to their self-contained explosions. Within the explosive class, six divisions identify how explosive and potentially dangerous the material is. Since cutter cartridges can be explosive or non-explosive, ensure you know your cutter’s classification and division to ensure it is suited for your application and is transported in the best method.

The Best Transportation Methods for Pyrotechnic Cutters

As with any potentially hazardous items, the safest shipping method for aviation cutter cartridges is on the ground. Transportation by sea and air are also common methods, though they require you to meet IMDG or IATA regulations, respectively. Visit our blog post for a detailed breakdown on shipping pyrotechnic cutters.

Shop Our Cutter Cartridge Selection Today

When you need highly rated tools you can depend on, choose your partnership carefully. AETC has spent decades designing and manufacturing quality, reliable aviation cutter cartridges for commercial airlines, private charters and military operations.

Browse our pyrotechnic cutters, and feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns about the specifications and durability of our products.