KPM and Project Orion

Kerr Panel Manufacturing’s support of Orion has been featured by the office of small business programs. The publication, NASA Deep Space Human Exploration Spacecraft Orion: A Case for Small Business, highlights small businesses throughout the country that have been integral to mission success. Kerr Panel Manufacturing’s sales engineer team worked closely with NASA & Lockheed Martin to help design and manufacture the integral aluminum honeycomb panel system in the photos shown. Kerr Panel Manufacturing prides itself on its commitment of “quality to the core”; a dedication which is evident in the aluminum honeycomb panels manufactured for NASA, Lockheed Martin, & the Orion program, and they look forward to a continuing relationship as mankind gets ever closer to reaching Mars with Orion. In addition to helping Lockheed Martin design these panels using finite element analysis, Kerr Panel Manufacturing also performed tensile testing on the final aluminum honeycomb panels. These panels, manufactured in Henderson, Colorado...

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Oversized Aluminum Panel Wing Molds

Aluminum honeycomb panels are well known by engineers for their myriad uses. Now, more than ever, customers continue to surprise and inspire with new and exciting ways to implement KPM’s aluminum honeycomb panel technology. The reason? Laminated sandwich panels are ideal for jobs that must meet strength and stiffness requirements while remaining flat and lightweight. For example, KPM has worked with a leading manufacturer of airplane assembly lines. Kerr Panel Manufacturing is known for the capability to produce quality oversized aluminum honeycomb panels. Panels that are perfect for new technology. Kerr Panel Manufacturing provided oversized honeycomb sandwich panels used as an airplane wing mold. The mirrored panels are shipped to the assembly line and the truck-sized curved panels are sandwiched together to help create the wings of aircraft. This customer had a single engineer design, plan, and oversee all aspects of the project’s production from start to finish. To start, contact was...

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USCGC Polar Star Navy Panels

Brrr…. Things are getting colder at Kerr Panel Manufacturing just imagining where some of our aluminum honeycomb panels will go. These navy panels will soon be aboard the USCGC Polar Star, a United States Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker. The Polar Star performs many exciting missions which include breaking through the sea ice. The reason for this? Namely, making a channel for supplying McMurdo Station and Operation Deep Freeze. In addition, this navy icebreaker rescues ships that get caught in the changing conditions of the Arctic. One of the world’s most powerful non-nuclear ships, the Polar Star’s design requires lightweight structural support for its bulkhead panels. Thus, aluminum honeycomb composite panels made by Kerr Panel Manufacturing are perfect for the job. KPM's structural panels are made with materials designed to be as strong and durable as the ship they resides upon. These navy panels are laminated with a nylon finish that...

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