Twenty-Five years ago a citizen’s safety group approached Aerko International to develop a self defense spray for the group’s distribution network. As development began, several specific characteristics were evident as needed features of the new unit.
Obviously the most important aspect of the product was effectiveness. Active ingredients chloracetophenone (CN) and orthochlorobenzalmalonitrile (CS) were tested.
-CN is classified as lachrymator, attacking tear ducts causing eyes to water and have a burning sensation.
-CS is classified as an irritant because as well as causing the tearing, the eyes experienced severe burning, nerve endings were stimulated, mucous membranes secrete freely, and the feeling of restricted breathing occurs.
As well as having all the more drastic effects, military tests conducted in the United States and Great Britain indicated the incapacitating amount of CS to be significantly smaller than the amount of CN required to achieve the same effect. Also, the estimated lethal level of CN is much lower than the estimated lethal level of CS thus CS is a safer irritant. CS was the obvious choice.
The product was also developed to shoot a coherent amiable stream instead of a misty spray pattern seen with most aerosols. This was not an easy task but seemed necessary in order to deliver the incapacitating amount of material to the attacker without worry of blow back to the user or missed target due to wind current.
The product was formulated to be sprayed directly on the face. The solvent carrier was chosen for its characteristics of defatting the skin and quick penetration. It also delivers an invisible dye to the skin cells of the face. The dye becomes visible under ultra violet lamps for up to 48 hours. An ultra violet dye was chosen over visual dye so the subject would not know he’s marked.
Finally the product was developed utilizing a liquefied propellant system. The liquid, after injection into the can, boils to maintain constant pressure in the can. The action occurs after every use and assures the ballistic characteristics of the product’s last shot.
Compressed gasses such as carbon dioxide or nitrogen used as propellant in other products exhibit reduced velocity and spray pattern as the units empty. This is no longer the case with our modern propellant system.
Kevin enterer the family business in 1986. After a year of working as a production line employee. he attended the second conference of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers conference, became a certified LE Trainer and has been active in teaching ever since. He has developed numerous Law Enforcement aerosol weapons, is a charter member of ILEETA, and has been an expert witness on use of force in Federal court.
On the contract packaging side of Aerko, Kevin has worked with customers to develop their products into many different Aerosol form, from powder spray, to air fresheners, adhesive release agents, citrus cleaners, surface coatings, sunscreens, and more.
Kevin has recently studied Global Harmonization Systems, and has worked to remove greenhouse gasses from our products.