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  • Detonator production today

    Our culture at Detonator Production blends independent innovation and collaboration—ideas are conceived by individuals, brought to fruition as a group, and continuously improved by all

    Every organization, division, and group has a unique culture of shared beliefs and values that employees embrace.

    Our culture at Detonator Production blends independent innovation and collaboration—ideas are conceived by individuals, brought to fruition as a group, and continuously improved by all. Together we work toward a unified goal: to maintain global peace and stability by ensuring a strong U.S. nuclear deterrent is in place.

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    Detonators fabricated at Los Alamos National Laboratory today are the result of real-time innovation. Our highly skilled experts work hands-on with every component for every type of detonator. Even though automation is an integral part of the production process, human oversight is necessary to guarantee the highest quality components and assembly.

    From our goal grew a credo: Identify a problem, find a solution, verify the solution, and then standardize that solution.

    Collaboration is key

    Making detonators is a collaborative effort within Detonator Production; however, with an average of 130 employees, our workforce cannot do it alone. Detonator Production is supported by a variety of internal groups, such as Non-Destructive Testing and Production Agency Quality, as well as design agencies across the National Security Enterprise. Together we ensure that what is designed is buildable and what is built is of excellent quality.

    Design

    Balance innovation and development needs to develop designs

    Quality

    Ensure products meet design specifications

    Production

    Bring designs to life via expert fabrication

    Deployed support

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    Detonator Production is an impressive powerhouse driven by a remarkable workforce. For certain responsibilities, we rely on professionals who officially report to other divisions across the Laboratory. We work closely with those divisions to identify skills along with aligned values and behaviors to deploy talented personnel to partner with us. Deployed personnel integrate with Detonator Production and collaborate to complete necessary tasks, projects, and ongoing initiatives. Examples of some groups that provide deployed support include quality assurance, acquisition management, computer support, document control, financial analysis, human resources, writing and editing, training, and security.

     

    The Future

    From the beginning, Los Alamos National Laboratory has continued to advance detonators.

    DETONATOR PRODUCTION HISTORY, NEWS, AND FEATURED STORIES

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    How 9/11 impacted the mission of national security laboratories

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    NNSA leader visits Lab, praises mission dedication, perseverance during COVID-19

    Recently confirmed Under Secretary of Energy for Nuclear Security and Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration Jill Hruby lauded the Laboratory’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and praised several significant infrastructure improvements.

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    What’s shaking?

    Understanding underground explosions starts with better geologic models

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    Neutron-clustering effect in nuclear reactors demonstrated for first time

    Long-theorized phenomenon observed in a working reactor could improve reactor safety, according to a new study

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    Los Alamos National Laboratory's Centrifuge Test Facility adds a key capability

    The ability to image internal components during high-stress and -strain a major advancement

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    Discovery of new material could someday aid in nuclear nonproliferation

    Newly discovered quasicrystal was created by the first nuclear explosion at Trinity Site

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    Remembering a 'true titan' of nuclear industry, Pete Lyons

    Peter B. Lyons, who the Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) called a "true titan" of nuclear industry, passed away in Golden, CO on Friday, April 29, following a year-long battle with cancer.

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