Ben Ford

Director of Research and Development

Our Expertise

Hepburn and Sons LLC leverages new and emerging electrical technologies such as high-temperature insulated bus pipe and medium voltage direct current technologies. Our experts in electrical science investigate these new technologies to verify the best for transition into the maritime shipbuilding industry and Navy Shipbuilding. This knowledge is used in each partnership with small and large businesses to mature these technologies for the maritime shipbuilding industry and Navy Shipbuilding.

Our Technology Portfolio

Insulated Bus Pipe for Navy Applications

IBP Fact Sheet

Resin insulated Busbar and Bus Pipe systems represent new and innovative solutions for low and medium voltage electrical power applications to replace or enhance ship electrical power distribution requirements with approximately 72% weight savings over traditional cable and >20% cost savings in construction.


Electromagnetic Survivability

Provide critical assistance to government agencies and industry to ensure survivable systems to a wide range of Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3). These threats may come in the form of Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP), High-altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP), and others. This support is provided by analyzing existing systems and structures to determine survivability and analyze any weaknesses. Solutions are then provided by modifying existing devices or design unique and effective solutions. Critical facilities may also take advantage of our patent pending hardening solution that significantly reduces the cost and complexity associated with hardening critical areas and allows hardening of spaces that was previously not feasible. Customers include U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Missile Defense Agency (MDA), commercial power grid, and other industry customers.

Medium Voltage Direct Current (MVDC) Grounding System

MVDC Fact Sheet

Medium Voltage Direct Current (MVDC) Grounding Systems provide increased operational efficiency due to a decoupling of prime mover(s) from the power quality on the DC bus, Increased power density, Galvanic isolation for added stability and power quality when feeding dynamic loads. Additionally, MVDC allows for heightened control over fault currents, Simpler paralleling of generators, and Improved acoustic signature.