Beginning in the 1950's when the company manufactured the first electronic flash unit for cameras that utilized photo flash batteries, ACR Electronics
was well on its way to making a name for itself as a leading manufacturer of high-quality strobe lights for the marine and aviation industries.
Through government projects, the Fort Lauderdale
, Fla.-based company involved itself with the research and development of marine and aviation rescue and survival items, including EPIRBs, personal utility lights, marker lights, radios, SARTs and safety accessories — eventually evolving into a leading manufacturer of 406 MHz beacons and other marine GMDSS products. In addition, the company's full in-house team of professionals provides the muscle behind advanced technology products within
the marine industry, and more recently, the dive market.
ACR recently introduced GlobalFix 406
, which is being touted as the next generation of EPIRB. The product, which provides an entirely new functionality to the satellite-aided search
and rescue system, includes an integral GPS
to add latitude/longitude coordinates to the emergency signal transmitted by the unit. Available in either Category I (automatically deployable) or Category II (manually deployable) models, GlobalFix also provides users with the latest in test features to ensure that all systems all performing up to par.With Lat/Long include GlobalFix provides an immediate, precise position that is given to one of the new GEOSAR satellites in high-earth orbit to the closest SAR response
ACR has also carved a niche for itself in the area of strobe lights — by two.
The company's Firefly2 Doublefly combo light boasts an incandescent lamp as well as a Xenon strobe in a single compact body. The light, which was originally designed to comply with innovative electronic circuitry, recently gained notoriety for surviving a four-year, 40-million-flash endurance
test. The tests, which were given by both military and civilian authorities, demonstrate that strobes have high visibility in a variety of conditions. Measuring a compact 4.4 x 2.2 x 1.1 in. (11 x 5.6 x 2.5 cm), and weighing 4 oz., the ACR Firefly2 Doublefy is waterproof at up to 200 ft. (60 m), and can withstand the sometimes, harsh rigors of the marine environment. Other roles include a diver distress light, locator light and personal flotation rescue light.