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January 25, 2018
Coulson Ice Blast Receives Business Excellence Award
Award recognizes innovative businesses based in Vancouver Island that have seen rapid growth in 2017
Coulson Ice Blast received the Industrial Manufacturer Award during the 18th annual Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards, hosted by Business Examiner, a publication focusing on British Columbia based businesses.
Coulson Ice Blast was nominated for the award by the Economic Development department of the City of Port Alberni.
The Business Excellence Awards recognizes businesses that have seen extraordinary innovation and expansion in 2017, through the development of new products, facilities and/or a large increase in sales and number of employees. Coulson Ice Blast was a clear choice, standing out in all these categories. “We are thrilled to be recognized by the Business Examiner for our achievements in 2017,” said Foster Coulson, Vice President of Coulson Ice Blast. “It takes a team of very dedicated individuals coming together with a common goal in order to redefine an industry that has, until now, seen no real innovation in the past 40 years. We know where we want to take this business, and we’re proud to have our achievements recognized as we continue to execute on that vision.”
2017 was a big year for Coulson Ice Blast, with the design of its signature IceStorm90 ice blasting machine coming to fruition, the first industrial cleaning machine on the market to use crushed ice cubes as a blast media. The technology is similar to sandblasting, but it uses compressed air to propel grain-sized ice particles instead of sand.
Ice blasting has several main advantages over competing technologies. It uses 1/10th the water compared to a pressure washer, while being much more effective at lower pressures, making it ideal for blasting in areas with water scarcity or situations where reduced moisture is required. However, it is still a wet process, forming a mist around the work surface. This mist captures airborne contaminants and drags them downwards. The substance being cleaned off collects on the ground in a neat slushy pile. Due to this process and the reduced moisture, containment and removal of waste material is made easy, with just a simple tarp needed, placed beneath the blast zone. In addition to the cost and time savings associated with reduced containment setup and disposal, ice is also a very inexpensive media.
At the start of the year, Coulson Ice Blast was composed of a small team of design engineers. By the end of the year, with the commercial success of the product, the signing of distributor agreements around the world and its recognition by several publications and awards, Coulson Ice Blast now boasts a newly renovated production facility, complete with dedicated production, purchasing and logistics, engineering and sales teams.
The Business Excellence award rounds out a year in which several publications recognized the accomplishments of Coulson Ice Blast. At the start of 2017, the Discovery Channel produced an episode of their show Daily Planet on the topic of Coulson Ice Blast’s cleaning technology. In November, the IceStorm90 stood on stage alongside projects from NASA, MIT Labs and Oak Ridge National Laboratory as it received the prestigious R&D 100 award and was named “one of the 100 most technologically significant new products of the year” by R&D Magazine.
November 19, 2017
Coulson Ice Blast’s IceStorm90 – 2017 R&D 100 Award Winner
Coulson Ice Blast’s IceStorm90 has been recognized as “One of the 100 most technologically significant new products of the year” by R&D Magazines 55th annual R&D 100 Awards.
The R&D 100 Award winning IceStorm90 is a non-abrasive blasting machine which uses ice as the blasting media. The result is a cleaning machine that uses significantly less water than a pressure washer and can also replace other commonly used cleaning methods and machines including: dry ice blasting, abrasive media (sand) blasting, and chemical cleaning.
“To see the IceStorm90 get recognized as one of the top 100 most technologically significant products of 2017, and be surrounded by so many other innovative companies and organizations, is a real triumph and something we are extremely proud of.” says Foster Coulson, Vice President of Coulson Ice Blast.
Coulson Ice Blast is a technology company based in Port Alberni, BC whose goal is to effect positive change in the industrial and precision cleaning sectors by providing tailored products that are an environmentally-friendly and effective cleaning solution.
The R&D 100 Awards have served as the most prestigious innovation awards program for the past 55 years, honoring great R&D pioneers and their revolutionary ideas in Science and Technology. The R&D100 awards recognize the most promising new products, processes, materials, or software developed throughout the world and introduced to the market the previous year.
December 20, 2016
Coulson Aircrane Ltd. and Coulson Aviation (USA) Inc. achieve ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100C certification
Coulson Aircrane / Coulson Aviation was awarded ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100C certification for its location of Port Alberni (Aircrane) and Reno, NV (USA).
The aerospace and defense industry is highly regulated and demands the highest level of quality standards for the development and manufacture of products.
AS9100C is an international standard with specific requirements for quality management systems focused on ability to consistently provide product that meets customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. The quality management system also promotes enhanced customer satisfaction through effective applications of systems and continual improvement.
Achieving ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100C certification was a critical milestone for Coulson Aircrane / Coulson Aviation (USA) and it demonstrates the company’s commitment to providing a world class product to our customers, focused on exceeding customer’s expectations.
September 12, 2016
Wayne Coulson's presentation at the Aerial Fire Fighting Asia Conference
Wayne Coulson was a guest speaker at the Aerial Fire Fighting Asia conference held in Adelaide, Australia on September 5th and 6th.
May 19, 2016
Coulson Aviation (USA) Awarded with United States Air Force Contract
Coulson Aviation (USA) – The world leader in aerial firefighting technology announced today that it has been awarded a contract by the United States Air Force to design, manufacture, and install up to seven 3500 US Gallon Aerial Retardant Delivery Systems in HC-130 H model aircraft.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to work with the United States Airforce to provide them with state of the art retardant aerial delivery systems (RADS) for their fleet of C-130’s,” says Wayne Coulson, CEO and President of Coulson Aviation. Coulson first developed and installed the RADS in 2012 to equip their own C-130H/Q for aerial fire suppression. It currently holds a contract with the United States Forest Service.
Britt Coulson, Vice President of Aviation, also added "Our Next Gen SMART Controller, coupled to the C-130 RADS-XXL is the premier C-130 firefighting system in the world. We are the first system in the industry to employ technology to not only aid and reduce the workload of the pilots, but to produce a superior drop pattern on the ground. We look forward to supporting the USAF, USFS, and other countries around the world with their C-130’s.”
Coulson Aviation has 25 years of experience in aerial fire suppression and they operate both type 1 helicopters and large fixed wing air tankers. Coulson Aviation is also one of the only companies to hold multi country aerial firefighting contracts, including: Canada, The United States, and Australia.
November 10, 2015
Airbus Defence and Space and The Coulson Group to Collaborate on C295W Water Bomber
It has been confirmed that Coulson Group will work with Airbus Defence and Space to develop, manufacture, and install a Retardant Dropping System (RDS) the Airbus C295W transport aircraft. The RDS will consist of two removable internal tanks, each with a capacity of 3,500 litres and can be filled in seven minutes.
Antonio Rodriguez Barberan, Head of Sales, Military Aircraft, Airbus Defence and Space said: "Coulson's vast experience of aerial firefighting coupled to their superior equipment design and performance made them the obvious choice of partner and we look forward to working together for many years."
Read the full press release here.
October 11, 2015
A Message from Wayne Coulson
It has been confirmed that our newest C-130 currently operating in Sydney, Australia under contract to the RFS will be departing Tuesday for Indonesia to support the devastating wildfires the country is experiencing.
This will be the first time that Australia has sent aircraft to support another countries wildfire state of emergency and our team is preparing the aircraft for what could be a long deployment and we welcome the challenge.
Our C-130 will be the biggest air tanker in the Indonesia wildfire battle that has crippled Southeast Asia with severe smoke. We will be posting daily about our progress as we settle into this battle.
October 1, 2015
Alberni entrepreneur wins BC Aviation Council Award
Wayne Coulson, President and CEO of Coulson Aircrane, featured in the Alberni Valley Times.
August 28, 2015
Philippine bomber in WWII colours
Article about the Philippine Mars, featured in the Alberni Valley Times.
August 26, 2015
Bomber contract runs out of time
Article about the Mars, featured in the Alberni Valley Times.