Industrial & Manufacturing Consulting

K-P Engineering can characterize and trouble-shoot many materials, products, technologies and manufacturing processes in many industries. From heavy industries with large machinery, equipment, facilities or products, to those companies who deal with the small, or microscopic, such as electronics and medical devices, K-P can bring experience and value to solving your technical problems. The common, unifying thread between these seemingly disparate industries is that the products, and manufacturing and fabrication technologies/equipment that produce them, are largely born of the same common set of engineering materials, processes and principles. That is, the materials and engineering toolbox are fundamentally the same whether the subject is defects in an optical coating on architectural glass, the corrosive failure of a heat exchanger, the environmentally-induced degradation of a bronze statue, or the fracture of an anchor bolt at the base of a communications tower. These problems are solved with application of the same investigative techniques and engineering & scientific principles.

At K-P Engineering the goal is to reduce your technical problem into its simplest, most understandable, form so that the most impactful factors (material, process, design, environment, manner of use, etc.) can be identified, mitigated or isolated.

Discuss your technical issue with a K-P Engineering engineer today.

K-P Engineering offers broad technical expertise and experience in many areas of product development and manufacturing.

  • Failure analysis
  • Metallurgical and materials process trouble shooting
  • Characterization (chemical, physical, mechanical, hardness)
  • Materials selection
  • Coatings (metallic, ceramic, glass, organic, optical)
  • Statistical process control (Six Sigma)

Engineering Services

  • Materials & Metallurgical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemical manufacturing process analysis
  • Root-cause Failure analysis
  • Corrosion Analysis
  • Reverse engineering
  • Materials selection
  • Statistical Methods & Six Sigma
  • Validation/Qualification Testing
  • Product testing
  • Modeling & Simulation

Products & Technologies

  • Ovens, furnaces, industrial heating equipment
  • Fuel gas equipment
  • Separations equipment
  • Medical devices
  • Fire sprinkler systems
  • Plumbing systems
  • Electronics
  • Coatings
  • Fasteners
  • Bearings
  • Turbines
  • Welding, brazing, soldering
  • Consumer goods & products
  • Heavy Industry
  • Structural components
  • Building materials
  • Heat resistant materials
  • Statues, monuments and outdoor art

Common investigations

  • Lot-to-lot variation
  • Contamination
  • Supplier & Sourcing issues
  • Corrosion
  • Cracking & Fracture
  • Overload failures
  • Fatigue failures
  • Welding issues
  • Wear
  • Material chemical interactions
  • Adhesion / cohesion issues
  • Acts of supplier substitution
  • Hydrogen embrittlement
  • Stress corrosion cracking (SCC)
  • Environmental stress cracking (ESC)
  • Effects of urban or industrial air pollution

Common Materials

  • Steel, Stainless Steel & other Iron Alloys
  • Aluminum Alloys
  • Copper Alloys & Brass
  • Precious Metals
  • Metallic Coatings
  • Powder alloys
  • Zinc and other Plating & Galvanizing Materials
  • Engineering Plastics
  • Paints & Organic Coatings
  • Glasses
  • Oxides & Engineering Ceramics
  • Nickel-base Superalloys
  • Single Crystal Airfoil Materials
  • Environmental Coatings
  • Thermal Barrier Coatings (TBC