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Making an Impact on Safety

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Biokinetics Helps the Canadian Military

Biokinetics, a world leader in soldier injury prevention against ballistic, blast and blunt force threats, has recently been awarded a service contract to support the Defence Research and Development Canada with science and technology programs and Canadian Forces equipment acquisition programs in the fields of small arms and soldier systems effectiveness. The $3.75 Million contract, over 5 years, allows Biokinetics to implement its expertise in injury assessment, human surrogate development, test methodology development and personal armour technology evaluation and exploitation ultimately benefiting the lives of soldiers who protect us. Biokinetics has been working with government, industry and regulating bodies for over 40 years providing expert biomechanics consulting, independent testing services and specialized test equipment.

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ASTM E54 Homeland Security Applications

Biokinetics is contributing its expertise and experience to creating a safer nation as a member of ASTM’s (American Society for Testing and Materials) newest technical committee; E54 on Homeland Security Applications. Biokinetics is involved with the ASTM subcommittee E54.04 on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

As homeland security initiatives continue to evolve, voluntary consensus standards are viewed as a critical unifying component to the long-term success of these initiatives. Unified standards development under the ASTM umbrella offers us the opportunity to team up with other technical experts who, together, will help create the standards and guidance materials that will influence major areas of homeland security.

ASTM and NIJ (National Institute of Justice) have created a custom portal designed to make sharing relevant data easier than ever before. This is part of a larger effort in which NIJ and ASTM International are working together to develop standards and test methods that address the needs of the public safety community.

Proposed new standards under the jurisdiction of E54.04 include:
1. WK46277 New Test Method for Measuring Backface Deformation of Clay Backing During Body Armor Testing
2. WK50190 New Practice for Hard Armor Test Item Conditioning
3. WK50483 New Practice for Standard practice for nonplanar, soft armor test items
4. WK52176 Assessment of Ballistic Limit for Body Armor
5. WK46152 New Specification for Performance of Head Protection for Law Enforcement Applications
6. WK46196 New Specification for Ballistic Test Range Configuration for Small Arms and Fragmentation Testing of Body Armor
7. WK45341 New Test Method for Ballistic Resistant Shields
8. WK54013 Ballistic Resistant Head Protection for Law Enforcement Applications
9. WK51004 New Specification for Protective Gloves Worn by Law Enforcement and Corrections Officers While on Duty
10. WK52177 Assessment of Penetration Resistance and Backface Signature for Body Armor
11. WK52497 Body Armor Program Management

Active standards under the jurisdiction of E54.04:
1. E2902-12 Standard Practice for Measurement of Body Armor Wearers
2. E2952-14 Standard Specification for Air-Purifying Respiratory Protective Smoke Escape Devices (RPED). See also WK49922 proposed revision
3. E3003-15 Standard Practice for Body Armor Wearer Measurement and Fitting of Armor
4. E3004-15 Standard Specification for Preparation and Verification of Clay Blocks Used in Ballistic-Resistance Testing of Torso Body Armor
5. E3005-15 Standard Terminology for Body Armor
For over 40 years, Biokinetics has been providing consulting, testing services and specialized test products for personal protection systems intended to resist ballistic, stab, blast and blunt impact threats including body amour, helmets, shields, vehicle armour and buildings/structures. Contact us at


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Personal Armour Systems Symposium - Biokinetics will be at the PASS in Amsterdam on Sep. 19th-23rd to discuss behind armour blunt trauma (BABT) assessment methods. While there are more biofidelic methods to measure the underlying trauma from the backface of armour impacting the head or torso, an understanding of the measurements, their accuracy and repeatability are essential for their consideration as a standard for evaluating the safety of products. Drop by and see how we can help solve your challenges from ballistic, blast and blunt impact threats.

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Ballistic Testing - protection levels

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Body Armour Consultants and Testing Services
Biokinetics has vast experience in assessing personal defense products for military, government, and civilian organizations around the world. We rely on the latest technology and best practices brought together by hands-on experience.  By assessing a client’s operational environment, individual needs and local risks our aim is to provide clear advice on suitable body armour products to maximize safety. 
It is important to note that we are independent consultants, not tied to any particular manufacturers of personal protective products.  We work for military and law enforcement organizations like the NIJ, DND, DRDC, RCMP, OPP and CSC.  We are represented on many standards committees including ASTM Subcommittee E54.04 on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  
Biokinetics operate ballistics test ranges as a third party independent test house and have over 20 years’ experience in this area. We can test in accordance with police, military, and industry standards as well as providing customized testing services to meet your validate your designs, prepare for bids or even set up quality control programs. 
To discuss your requirements for body armour or testing services, contact Biokinetics (

Items of Personal Protection:

Ballistic plates
Ballistics vests
Ballistic shields
Ballistic helmets

Current RFI's and RFP's that we can assist with:

Solicitation 21120-152493/A - Ballistic Soft Body Armour, closing Sep 20, 2016.
Solicitation 21401-161977/A – Helmets, closing Aug. 30, 2016
Solicitation M7594-171495/B - Portable Ballistic Shields,  closed

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Biokinetics Test Facilities - operates independently and is unaffiliated with any of the potential proponents and is capable of performing ballistic and testing on an ongoing basis to the satisfaction of the Correctional Service Canada.

The Contractor is required to provide Correctional Services Canada (CSC), with Ballistic Soft Body Armour (consisting of External Carrier & Ballistic Panels) for CSC Male Recruits in accordance with the CSCs Purchase Description #CAG-2-1511-847 dated 07-April-2016.

Our experienced and expert team can help you solve your testing needs.
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Come see us at CANSEC
Our vehicle and body armour evaluation capabilities will be on display at Canada’s premier defence trade show on May 25-26, 2016 in Ottawa. Biokinetics serves industry and government agencies alike by providing R&D expertise in protective systems for military personnel. Drop by and see how we CAN SECure the health and safety of our nation’s protectors.

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RCMP - Vests, Soft Body Armour

Contact Biokinetics for your pre-compliance testing needs.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has a requirement for a firm quantity of 1390 Vests, Soft Body Armour in accordance with RCMP Specification G.S. 1045-177, dated 2014-10-20. See the solicitation No. M0077-15-I641 at Closes 28th April, 2016.

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Understanding Attacks Using Knives & Cutting Instruments

BIOKINETICS plays key role in the development of an updated stab/slash body #armor performance standard.

• A report on stab weapon characterization for corrections environments has been released by the National Criminal Justice Reference Service of the National Institute of Justice.  Get the report at or see for more news.

• The report prepared by Biokinetics and Wayne State University covers a survey of over 1000 weapons found in corrections institutes across the U.S. and summarizes their ability to penetrate stab resistant body armour through a down selection process involving physical and performance based characteristics.  

• Exemplar stab threats were developed for updates to the NIJ 0115.00 test methodology for Stab Resistance of Personal Body Armor.

• A summary of the program can also be found in the 2014 Personal Armour Systems Symposium (PASS) proceedings.  See
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