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Delta Scientific celebrates 40 years

Over the last 40 years, Delta Scientific has become the world’s leading manufacturer of vehicle access control equipment with over 250,000 square feet of production facilities. Recognized as an industry innovator, the company has been engineering and manufacturing vehicle access control equipment since 1974.

February 11, 2014  By  Rob Colman

Its product lines consist of high-security vehicle barricade systems, parking control equipment and guard booths. Services run the gamut from custom designs to total installation and maintenance. More than 15,000 Delta systems protect people and property in over 130 countries around the globe.

“With all of our success, though, nothing pleases us more than when our systems save lives,” reports Greg Hamm, Delta Scientific vice president of sales and marketing. “Just recently, Delta barricades at the United States Consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, stopped a bomb-laden car and SUV from penetrating the entrances to the facility. The Taliban attacked the consulate in western Afghanistan with car bombs and guns, killing at least four Afghans, but failing to enter the compound or hurt any Americans. The two drivers of the explosives-filled vehicles did not survive.”

“It’s been a terrific forty years,” adds David Dickinson, Delta Scientific senior vice president. “Delta has shipped products worldwide to defend against truck bomb attacks.  Looking back, Delta has continuously developed new products to meet new threats and applications. We continue to work with our customers on custom projects and we have a pipeline full of innovative products in test now with many more on the way.”

Delta pioneered the use of “Finite Element Analysis” to study vehicle collisions.  With a database of full-scale tests, Delta structural engineering experts deploy excellent computer models that let them test new designs on the computer. As a result, Delta engineers are able to analyze special applications and design unique products to meet specific customer requirements. 


Delta’s complete manufacturing center produces the world’s leading barricades, barriers, gates, bollards, guard booths and other vehicle control equipment. The facility includes a full heavy steel fabrication department which routinely handles steel plate up to 2.0 inches.  Multi-ton hoists operating on a network of 500 feet of bridge cranes safely transfer work in progress from work station to work station. Other departments include sheet metal fabrication and assembly, hydraulic and pneumatic assembly, electronic and control systems, heavy certified welding and testing creating the world’s leading anti-terrorist barriers and barricades.

Leaving nothing to chance, Delta builds and tests its own complete electro-mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic pumping systems, including control circuits, ranging from simple plug in relay types to sophisticated Programmable Logic Controllers. The company additionally assembles and tests its own Digital Vehicle Loop Detectors. 

Delta has supplied counter-terrorist barricade systems to facilities around the world, including 160 U.S. embassies and consulates in 130-plus countries as well as those of the United Kingdom and other nations. In the United States alone, Delta secures over 110 Federal buildings, including courthouses and FBI locations. Over 85 percent of all U.S. nuclear power plants are protected by Delta vehicle barricade systems.

Delta Scientific systems protect the U.S. Capitol and other Washington landmark buildings, high-rise office buildings, BuckinghamPalace, corporate facilities, the Singapore parliament, power and water infrastructure locales, military bases, petrochemical plants, European castles and the private homes of celebrities and influential people in Beverly Hills and other upscale communities.

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