Kernco, Inc. was founded in 1978 to perform research, development, and production of high technology electronic/electro-mechanical instrumentation systems, specifically Cesium Beam Frequency Standards, for the Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) system. In addition, Kernco has designed, produced and delivered 10.23 MHz precision quartz crystal oscillators currently on orbit in the GPS Block IIR satellite program. Kernco's GPS Clocks and Oscillators exhibit outstanding performance over extreme environmental conditions. Kernco's most recent development efforts have been focused on the design and development of Laser-Based Atomic Clocks based on Coherent Population Trapping (CPT) technology. Kernco continues to develop reliable time and frequency devices, as well as a variety of cost-effective standard and custom engineered solutions for commercial and space-qualified vacuum applications where size, weight, and reliability are important.
Our Design Assurance Group controls and formally documents product performance from parts procurement through assembly, test, and delivery. Manufacturing operations have demonstrated capabilities in assembling systems for highly precise one-of-a-kind units for space and for multiple serial production of systems for commercial applications. An experienced engineering and technical staff is available to help you in selecting or customizing the right product for your application.
Located in the seacoast town of Danvers, Massachusetts, Kernco is a 25 minute drive from Boston. Contiguous to the Boston area academic and industrial communities, the location allows for a continuous and readily available source of technical services and supplies. Our modern facility includes dedicated clean room and production space, testing facilities, engineering and administrative offices. Company policy is to maintain an on-going program of capital investment by continuously acquiring and carefully maintaining sophisticated equipment and software to enhance development and production capabilities.
Specialized laboratory functions include:
- X-ray inspection station for connectors, components and subassemblies
- Glass working and forming facilities
- Laser, plasma arc and TIG metals joining
- In-house annealing of complex metal shields
- High temperature vacuum brazing
- CAD software for mechanical and electrical/PC Board design & layout
- State-of-the-art optics laboratory
- Both vacuum and N2 environment storage for critical components and assemblies
- Redundant battery driven AC and generator systems to protect critical operations against external power failures
- Automated vacuum test & space simulation chamber