Electric Ignition of Shock Tube Firing Systems

K.L. Kosanke

NOMATCH™ is a new system for igniting fireworks that replaces quick match with shock tube plus flame-to-shock (or electric-to-shock) and shock-to-flame attachments. The system was introduced by B & C Products, Inc., with a press release included in the July 1994 Issue of American Fireworks News, an article in the July 1994 issue of Fireworks Business, and a demonstration and seminar at the 1994 Pyrotechnics Guild International (PGI) convention.[1] There was considerable discussion, among the PGI convention attendees, of the potential usefulness of this new system in various fireworks environments. The safety and performance advantages of the system seem obvious.[1] Below is a brief discussion of two low cost alternatives for electric ignition of shock tubing. For the most part, these are well known and commonly used methods; however, probably not among those in the fireworks trade. It is hoped that this information is interesting and possibly will aid in the introduction of this system.

Ref: Selected Pyrotechnic Publication of K.L. and B.J Kosanke, Part 3, (1993-1994), pp 51-52

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