Kennon Products adds two new insulated pipe cover distributors

Kennon Products continues to expand it’s insulated, mouse-proof pipe covers.  In October, VP of Business Development Dale Hall, met with and signed up two new distributors: R & G Electric in Gillette, Wyoming and NODAK Oilfield Services in Williston, North Dakota.  Kennon has already built and helped to install several sets of oil wellhead covers for Peak Energy in Gillette and is currently working with the Kodiak and Oasis Energy companies in the Williston area, to design and cover several different projects in the Bakken Oil Fields.   Pumpkin Buttes 1-3H After

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Kennon Sun Shields are Still Keeping Aircraft Cockpits Cool

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Does anyone remember the “Kennon Challenge?”   When we introduced the Kennon Sun Shield at Oshkosh over 25 years ago we equipped one Cessna Cardinal with Kennon Sun Shields and another with Thermacon-F heat shields. The Thermacon-F was market leader at the time.  Both aircraft were wired with digital thermometers.   Kennon Sun Shields won the challenge and aircraft owners liked that Kennon’s didn’t require messy Velcro or suction cups to keep them in the windows.   Kennon soon became the leading form of cockpit heat protection and remains so to this day.

We also tested the Kennon Sun Shield against external cabin covers.  Our Sun Shields won every time.  The Kennon Sun Shield is made of two sheets of highly reflective material separated by two layers of air bubbles.  The shields reflect the sun before it’s  they are absorbed by the interior to generate heat.

We started our business out of a garage in Temple City, California.  The Kennon Sun Shield was invented by Paul Kennon Chaney.    The endeavor was funded with $500 and maybe a Master Card or Visa.  I didn’t quit my day job until five years later when I moved the family and all of our belongings to Sheridan, Wyoming in the back a converted school bus.

F-15 Sunshields

In 1991 a USAF Aerospace Engineer from the Windshield Program Office Wright-Patterson  AFB  was tasked with finding a solution to cockpit heat buildup in the F-15s that were deployed to the Persian Gulf.  Malcolm Kelley, found our sun shields on a Beech Bonanza at the Columbus, Ohio airport.

To make a long story short, the Windshield Program Office tested and approved for DOD use, the Kennon Shield in over 30 different military aircraft.  I’ve posted some of their notes that have been released to the public at http://militaryaircraftcovers.com/rkMilitarysun.html  .  The Kennon Sun Shield is the only form of reflective heat protection that has been approved for DOD use.

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Other companies have tried to imitate our product> We’re flattered of course.  But, there are some major differences.  One is the fit.  Kennon Sun Shields remain in place because our design has been perfected over the years.

The Kennon Sun Shield material is made for our company and made according to our specifications.  It is rigid enough to hold its shape yet flexible enough to roll and store in its own storage bag.  Others may look similar, but they are not Kennon’s unless you see our label.  No suction cups or Velcro is needed to keep them in place; our perfect fit does not require it.   Kennon Sun Shields are the only shields tested and approved for use on a wide variety of military aircraft and have protected them safely in the hottest places in the world for over twenty years!

I’m proud to say that practically every aircraft deployed has one product or another designed and manufactured by Kennon.

Kennon proposes to study construction techniques to replace sewing

The Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility (NCTRF)  develops new clothing and gear for Navy and other military uses.  Construction techniques generally involve sewing, usually double stitched for reinforcement.  With new capabilities deriving from waterproof/breathable fabrics, garment fabrication includes the extra process step of seam taping all the sewn seams.  This process is labor intensive, and adds weight and bulk to garments.  Overlapping and complex seams in general add bulk, reduce comfort, and are prone to abrasion and failure.

New techniques are emerging that can weld and/or bond fabrics together, creating lighter garments with flat, waterproof seams.  These garments are currently found in high end recreational outerwear.  Attempts to adopt these techniques at NCTRF have been unsuccessful considering Navy’s demanding material and application requirements, and their fabrication capabilities.  Through the SBIR program, Navy is seeking to advance the state-of-the-art in bonded garment construction methods.  Bonding fabrics involves a similar fabrication skill set as sewing, but requires a much greater knowledge of the materials being joined, including the use of adhesives, heat, pressure, and reinforcements, in order to achieve bonds as strong or stronger than sewn seams.

Kennon Products, of Sheridan, has proposed to explore and develop bonded fabrication techniques for NCTRF’s use, and also to expand Kennon’s fabrication capabilities.  Kennon will utilize its own expertise in materials, as well as expertise at Auburn, and an established network of specialty material suppliers, to develop effective methods for advancing military and commercial garment and gear construction.

Kennon was supported in developing this proposal through a Wyoming SBIR Strategic Initiative (WSSI) Phase 0 grant.  WSSI operates out of the University of Wyoming, and assists and supports Wyoming’s small businesses in developing new technologies and capabilities.

Kennon Receives Grant to Develop Cold Water Survival Gear for Navy Aviators

Flying over cold water is a hazard faced by military aviators, and one that is increasing as global threats emerge and move about.  Ditching an aircraft in cold waters is dangerous and difficult.  Egress is challenging under ditching conditions, and crew members who escape successfully can encounter immersion hypothermia in minutes if not properly protected.  Aviators/aircraft are equipped with life preservers, insulating suits and inflatable rafts.  Of the three, the life raft is considered the most versatile and functional component.

 

Kennon Products, Inc. of Sheridan, Wyoming has been awarded an SBIR Phase I grant from NAVAIR to develop lighter, more compact rafts, as well as lighter insulating suits, and a lighter, more reliable raft-filling system.  Kennon is teaming with specialty material suppliers and fabricators, as well as engineering faculty at the University of Wyoming and Auburn University, with goals of developing solutions that are 1/3 the weight and 1/2 the bulk of current equipment. 

Kennon was supported in developing this proposal via a Phase 0 grant from Wyoming’s SBIR Strategic Initiative (WSSI), a technology support arm of the Wyoming Business Council.  Kennon will work over the next 6-9 months to produce prototypes that demonstrate how advanced materials and fabrication techniques can produce lighter, more effective cold water survival gear.

Kennon is a manufacturer of products that protect high value assets. This is one of several SBIR grants that Kennon has received from the Department of Defense. The company is currently commercializing products that have been derived from its earlier research. 

Kennon Builds Protective Covers for MH-60 Aircraft

The task was to create several Seahawk Helicopter covers for the US Coast Guard that would protect and prepare them for outdoor storage. Kennon builds covers that are weather-resistant, keeping the aircraft safe and dry. Kennon covers breathe to allow the escape of any incidental moisture in the air, thus eliminating corrosion.

Kennon’s transport and storage covers are known for their tight fit.  Padded covers like these protect aircraft from flying gravel that is encountered while traveling long distances at high speeds on truck-beds.

Kennon protective cover for the SH-60 Helicopter

The task was to cover practically every inch of the Seahawk to prepare it for outdoor storage until the Coast Guard was ready to refurbish it.

A tight fit is important to minimize abrasion to the surface of the aircraft.

Santa has placed some of the USAF Kadena F-15 Order by the Fireplace With Care

Kennon’s F15-E Engine Plugs

“Nose art” for military aircraft may be a thing of the past but  “Engine Plug Art”  lives on at Kennon and our customers love it!

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Kennon’s on the Way to Summit Aviation & Bell Boeing’s V-22 Osprey

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Kennon’s “Shop in the Box” is on the way to Summit Aviation, Middletown, Delaware where the company will install the new Kennon Cabin Liner on Bell Boeing’s V-22 Osprey Traveling Exhibition Aircraft.

Kennon’s cabin liner is being developed to replace quilted fabric insulation blankets commonly used onboard many military aircraft. Kennon’s system will provide better thermal and acoustic insulation, and eliminate many of the problems associated with quilted fabric blankets.

The project is to be completed by December 8, 2011.

Kennon Introduces its Core Values

Kennon Products, Inc. and its subsidiary, Bella Graphics & Display, have developed an official set of core values applicable to both companies.

Members of the Kennon and Bella teams worked together to define these values over the past few months. Now we would like to present its core values:

This concept speaks for itself. Kennon believes strongly in the notion of compassion and consideration for people, whether it be a non-profit organization that serves the community, military personnel that dedicate their lives to protect our country, a colleague who works overtime to finish a project or a customer who seeks advice on a product.

The safety of colleagues and customers is a top priority at Kennon. Kennon encourages everyone to work safely, play safely and live safely at all times.

Urgency does not equate to cutting corners. Kennon values efficiency, but also strives for exceptional and reliable products and services. Kennon promises “Safer Covers Built to Last” and it must live up to that promise.

Kennon has an inside joke about completing tasks or projects “by Friday.” Granted, this isn’t a feasible deadline for many projects, but the idea of completing a task efficiently and in a timely manner is of the utmost importance.

The term “quality” holds different meaning for different people. Kennon believes in delivering products and services that not only meet a customer’s expectation or definition of quality, but exceeds it. Kennon desires to make good on its promises and to be held accountable.

Innovation has become a necessity in today’s world. Kennon encourages both employees and customers to think outside of the box and exercise creativity, because fear holds people back from achievement all too often.

This signifies transparency, both to co-workers and customers. Every employee has the ability and the authority to do right by customers and to speak truthfully.

Kennon encourages its employees to enjoy themselves, no matter where they are. Keeping the work environment fun enhances employee relationships and productivity.

The hiring process at Kennon is very selective. Once the right person joins the team, Kennon strives to keep that person and help him/her become the best he/she can be.

In alignment with being held accountable and having shared authority to do the right thing, Kennon encourages feedback from employees and customers. Kennon wishes to maintain lines of communication that are transparent, always truthful and considerate of others.

Kennon Introduces Shop in a Box

Here at Kennon, we back up our promises: building Safer Covers Built to Last and Protecting High Value Assets. We are so dedicated that members of our team will fly across the country to pay our customers a visit and conduct our work on-site. With Shop in a Box, we can ship our materials to your location so that our team members can show up and get to work!

The Shop in a Box comes equipped with a sewing machine, fabricating equipment and various tools necessary to create our custom-fitting covers at the customer’s location. It was designed and built right here in Sheridan, Wyo.

The panel graphics were designed by our very own Ryan Myers. Kennon houses a large format printer with the capability of printing on a number of materials. For more information, visit www.bellagraphics.com.

Shop in a Box was constructed by JBD, Inc. in Sheridan, Wyo. Kennon’s design team chose durable materials for the design so that it will easily store and protect the equipment that is shipped.

Kennon’s Design Team, Suzanne Binks and Dakotah Gali pose inside the Shop in a Box. They hope to see you soon! Kennon’s design capabilities are not limited to aircraft. We are often called upon to design and build covers for delicate equipment that is sensitive to the sun, corrosion, wind, dust and sand, or that requires protection during shipment and storage. This equipment includes, but is not lim-ited to: laser pods, satellites, unmanned land and aerial vehicles, industrial test equipment, gas and oil wellheads and oddly shaped, high-value assets.

Shop in a Box is ideal for large projects, such as transport and storage covers for multiple aircraft, that require quick turnaround. If you need protective covers for multiple aircraft, engines or pieces of equipment, Shop in a Box could be right for you. Call Kennon TODAY to reserve Shop in a Box for your next project! 307.674.6498 or 1.800.356.0809.


Shop in a Box will make its debut in Elizabeth City, N.C next week.