News and Events
December 2013- Harper Awarded Multi-Million Dollar Contract for Microline™ Carbon Fiber Research System
Harper announces its selection by a Carbon Fiber company in Asia for a multi-million dollar contract for their state-of-the-art Microline™ system. The complete process line incorporates thermal systems including oxidation ovens, carbonization furnaces and a UHT (Ultra High Temperature) furnace system, surface treatment, sizing application, handling equipment, gas treatment, and advanced control systems. The Microline will be customized to support the client’s advanced fiber development program for Carbon Fiber research.
Read the full press release here.
November 2013- Harper’s Cutting Edge Pilot Line is Highlight of Upcoming CompositesWorld Carbon Fiber Conference
Visit Knoxville this December 9-12 and see Harper’s one-of-a-kind Pilot Carbon Fiber Line at Oak Ridge National Laboratory at the 2013 CompositesWorld Carbon Fiber Conference. This flexible and versatile line is the highlight of the 4-day event which concludes with a detailed facility tour.
The Harper designed line supports ORNL’s Low Cost Carbon Fiber research and technology transfer, with a focus on operation under multiple precursor platforms. The facility aims to be a collaborative research center and is designed as one of the most sophisticated and capable lines in the industry. Harper was selected for the contract due to its capability to successfully design, manufacture, install, and commission a fully integrated carbon fiber process line.
To learn more about the event and tour, visit the Carbon Fiber Conference website.
Two of Harper’s Senior Process Technology Engineers, Dr. Renee Bagwell and Dr. William Stry, were interviewed by A to Z of Materials on Complete Thermal Process Solutions for the Carbon Fiber Market. Read the article here: http://www.azom.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=10218
Harper’s expertise and passion is in helping customers meet their key business and technical objectives, no matter what scale of operation, and assisting in the successful scale up to the next level of production. In this video, several real world Carbon Fiber equipment installations are referenced including those at Georgia Institute of Technology and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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Over 150 participants from the Carbon Fiber composites research space from around the world gathered in Buffalo, NY in July at the 2013 Carbon Fiber R&D Workshop, a unique opportunity to network and share insights on the latest development efforts in this growing market. Harper’s goal was to bring together thought leaders from the US and abroad from academia, industry, and the public sector for an exciting program on the future of Carbon Fiber research from the perspective of material development, process technology, and export control considerations. On display was Harper’s complete Carbon Fiber Microline™ research system, the world’s most flexible and highly tailored system, designed to support the unique needs of research and development efforts.
The technical sessions schedule was praised by attendees for both its diversity and depth, including speakers from renowned organizations such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Ford Europe, University at Tennessee, India Institute of Technology, Clemson University, Applied NanoStructured Solutions, a Lockheed Martin Company, and many more. Attendees from almost 20 countries gathered in Buffalo and were treated by exceptional company and weather during a dinner excursion to the famous Niagara Falls.
“The quality of technical content and networking interactions exceeded our expectations, as reinforced by many attendees that I spoke with,” commented Diana Robbins, Vice President of Marketing and Sales Administration. ”We are just so pleased to be a catalyst in the carbon fiber market, to help if even in a small way move this highly impactful material closer to its full realization as a life-changing technology for all applications to benefit from.”
June 2013- New White Paper Posted: Advanced Rotary Tube Internals for Thermal Processing Optimization
Published in the June issue of Ceramic Industry magazine, check out Harper’s latest white paper on thermal processing optimization and use of advanced rotary tube internals to achieve operational improvements for powder processing. Our systems are trusted around the world for continuous processing of advanced materials such as granular, powder, or particulate aggregates in high purity and specialty atmosphere environments at temperatures up to 3000°C. Read about what our experts say you can do to increase heat transfer surface area, improve radial mixing, improve gas-solid interactions, control gas flow direction, and even control material dwell time or velocity through the tube.
Check out the white paper here.
Harper International has been selected by U.S. Demil, LLC (USD) for the design of a new continuous indirect Rotary Thermal Treatment Unit (TTU) for demilitarization processing of munitions. The equipment will support US Department of Defense efforts directed at reducing and recycling large stockpiles of excess, obsolete and unserviceable munitions for safety and environmental purposes.
USD conducted several extensive process development sessions at Harper’s Technology Research Center to test and prove their proprietary non-incinerative thermal demilitarization process, known as “Decineration” ™, on various small production lots of unique munition materials. The resulting TTU achieves the client’s needs of successfully demilitarizing and recovering, without destruction, all non-energetic materials in an environmentally responsible manner, at levels not previously achieved in other existing demilitarization processes. As such, USD’s closed end “Decineration” methodology is considered a unique material recovery process that has received a US Patent and a federal EPA exemption from RECRA-C permitting requirements.
Read the full press release here.
Harper officials today helped United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) celebrate the ribbon cutting of their Carbon Fiber Technology Center, along with government officials and industry partners.
Harper was chosen for engineering, process equipment, installation and startup of the complete process line at the center of the facility, which is focused on supporting ORNL’s Low Cost Carbon Fiber research and technology transfer. The facility, to be a collaborative research center, is designed as one of the most sophisticated and capable facilities in the industry and will support operation under multiple precursor platforms.
The custom-designed line incorporates Harper’s proprietary multi-flow oxidation oven technology, advanced LT and HT slot furnaces rated for 1000°C and 2000°C respectively, pre and post-treatment fiber conditioning, gas treatment and handling, and material transport systems.Funding for the equipment was appropriated through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act via DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Vehicle Technologies Program.
Pictured Above: Chuck Miller, President, Harper International; Lee McGetrick, Director, Carbon Fiber Technology Facility, ORNL; Connie Jackson, Operations Manager, Carbon Fiber Technology Facility, ORNL
Harper International was pleased to have Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announce her launch of the “Made in America Manufacturing Act” at their facilities on February 11, 2013. Gillibrand introduced this legislation that is intended to boost advanced manufacturing in New York State, along with Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, and Buffalo Niagara Partnership Vice President Craig W. Turner.
This act will impact high-tech and clean-tech manufacturing, such as Harper International, as well as other industries, with the creation of a federal funding competition that encourages states and regional public-private partnerships to design and implement comprehensive strategies that spur growth for local manufacturing industries and that train workers with the skills that businesses need.
“As a New York state business manufacturing in the US to serve global customers in a highly technical market, we are pleased to help Senator Gillibrand celebrate this initiative that supports companies like ours who are focused on growing US jobs, from manufacturing to R&D,” said Chuck Miller, President Harper International. “We try to do our part to help strengthen the supply chain and manufacturing base in the western New York area, and the investment in workforce and research promoted by this Act will also yield tremendous benefits for American competitiveness on an even broader scale. Initiatives such as this are key to support the manufacturing sector’s goal to accelerate technical advancement to garner maximum value.”
Harper International is proud to announce its new Pulse™ service offering. Building on its reputation for innovative thermal processing systems, Harper now brings its forward-thinking philosophy to service, technical support, parts and aftermarket solutions to help customers improve, advance and optimize their operations.
With our deep expertise and seasoned technical professionals, the Pulse team is focused on proactively addressing customer issues and offering the most comprehensive service portfolio in the industry. Because while solving a problem quickly is good thing, preventing it from happening at all is even better.
Click here to learn more about Pulse.
No one does hot like Harper. Read more about why we are trusted again and again for Carbon Fiber production, particularly in specialty UHT furnaces like this one rated to 2700°C that we recently contracted for the production of high modulus carbon fiber.
Orbite Aluminae Inc. has chosen Harper for for two high temperature systems in series for conversion of aluminum chloride hexahydrate crystals to high purity alumina (HPA). Orbite conducted on-site testing at Harper’s Technology Research Center in exploration of the best furnace design to support the 99.99%+ purity goal of their game-changing technology, and chose a Rotary Tube and Vertical furnace in series to support their high profile production expansion.
After process optimization and refinement at Harper’s Technology Center, Allomet Corporation awards contract for a continuous Rotary Furnace for the production of nano-engineered powdered metals. Read the full release here.
Harper announces the Beacon™ Program- an innovative model for carbon fiber manufactures to evaluate and improve their environmental impact. Read the full press release and visit our new website for more information.
Harper has finalized a contract with a customer in Brazil for a complete research scale carbon fiber processing line. The fully integrated line will be key in continuing the development of the carbon fiber industry in South America. Read more…
Harper continues to lead the way in thermal processing technology with several recent projects for Ultra High Temperature Furnaces, specifically a system at FISIPE in Portugal. Read the full press release here.
Harper chosen to provide advanced high temperature furnace systems for the manufacture of energy storage materials for EnerG2, to be utilized for pyrolysis of activated carbon for ultracapacitors. Read more…
Harper has booked yet another contract for a fully integrated pilot scale carbon fiber conversion line. The line will be installed in Europe to produce carbon fiber for use in advanced communication technology…
Harper has finalized a contract with the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for a full pilot scale carbon fiber process line valued at greater than US$12M.
Harper is the only thermal systems provider in the world who has successfully installed a fully integrated carbon fiber process line. This complete solution includes proprietary oxidation oven technology, advanced LT and HT slot furnaces, surface treatment and waste gas abatement systems, and winders…..
Harper’s innovative solution for Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) integrating a rotary and mesh belt furnace into one system adapted to work within customer’s space limitations and accomodate dual processing requirements for carbon material…