The design of the EKTO lightweight, highly insulated enclosure was developed for the military for worldwide deployment usage many years ago. The basic construction consists of vacuum epoxy laminated shelter panels, with aluminum or fiberglass face skins separated by structural foam. This configuration, along with structural members embedded with the core, provides a highly efficient panel structure for lightweight, insulation and stiffness properties. Panels are fastened together by corner angles and corner weldments. Openings are framed and may be either precut or easily cut out post assembly. Due to the high insulation factor for the structure, air conditioning and heating loads are minimized.
Large spans of dissimilar metal contacts within the shelter panels are avoided to eliminate thermal expansion differentials, causing stresses and failures of structure, as obtained by steel frame/aluminum skins designs. Epoxy adhesive is used in lieu of inexpensive contact glue to obtain a far superior lamination.
Shelter materials are selected for its intended use and exposure. Aluminum alloys are chosen for many applications. For severe caustic climate conditions, fiberglass panel skins with stainless steel trim and fasteners are provided. Doors are made of the same construction as the shelter and are fully gasketed to create an air and rain tight enclosure. The supplied skids and lift/tie down rings facilitate handling by forklift, crane and rotary or winged aircrafts.
EKTO Shelters are designed and analyzed by structural engineers to meet the applicable requirements of numerous codes (UBC, SBCC, etc).
Electrical installation conforms to the latest issue of codes (NEC, CSA, IEC or other applicable foreign codes).