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April 2014 – Harper to Attend PM China Expo

IMG_0057Harper will be attending the China International Powder Metallurgy Exhibition in Shanghai on April 27-29. Meet with Harper representatives at booth A120 to learn how Harper can help scale up your advanced material thermal processes.

Learn more about the show here.

March 2014 – Harper Awarded $38M in Contracts for State-of-the-Art Carbon Fiber Systems

Harper Production Oxidation OvenHarper announces its selection by a prominent firm for its production scale Carbon Fiber conversion line. The contracts include an LT and HT furnace set, advanced Oxidation Oven set, waste gas treatment and abatement systems, control systems, and additional unit operations and services.

Read the full press release here.



February 2014 – Harper Ph.D. Featured in A to Z Interview on Processing Nuclear Materials

NuclearDr. Peter Witting, one of Harper’s Senior Process Technology Engineers, was interviewed by A to Z of Materials about how Harper is involved in the processing of nuclear materials.

Read the article here.




December 2013- Harper Awarded Multi-Million Dollar Contract for Microline™ Carbon Fiber Research System

Oxidation Oven for Carbon Fiber ProcessingHarper 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

ORNL Carbon Fiber Technology CenterVisit 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.

October 2013- Harper Ph.D.s Featured in A to Z Interview on Complete Thermal Processing Solutions

Material Handling 2Two 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




August 2013- Harper Releases New 3D Video Featuring Scale Up of Carbon Fiber Lines

video picCheck out Harper’s latest video that brings to life the critical Carbon Fiber scale up path from small scientific research lines to full scale production in full 3D animation.

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.

See it now…


July 2013- Harper Reports Success at 2013 Carbon Fiber R&D Workshop

Light Bulb1Over 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.”

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June 2013- New White Paper Posted: Advanced Rotary Tube Internals for Thermal Processing Optimization

Advanced MaterialsPublished 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.

April 2013- Harper Develops Unique Rotary System for Demilitarization of Ammunition

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.

March 2013- Harper Celebrates with ORNL for Opening of CFTF

ORNL Opening 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
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February 2013- U.S. Senator Gillibrand visits Harper to Announce Manufacturing Act

GillibrandHarper 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.”



November 2012- Harper announces new Pulse™ service program

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.

October 2012- Harper Lands Project for Multi-Million Dollar UHT Furnace System

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.

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September 2012- Harper Contracts with Orbite for High Purity Processing Systems

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. 

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June 2012- Harper Chosen by Allomet for Advanced Rotary for Metal Powder Process

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.

March 2012- Harper Launches Ground Breaking Energy Efficiency Program

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.

March 2012- Harper wins Carbon Fiber Processing Microline in Brazil

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…

March 2012- Harper Awarded Multiple Contracts for Ultra High Temperature Furnaces

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.

February 2012- EnerG2 Selects Harper for Rotary System for Production of Carbon Materials

High temperature Rotary KilnHarper 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…

June 2011- Harper Lands Another Contract for Complete Pilot Scale Carbon Fiber Line

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…

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March 2011- Harper Awarded Contract for Complete Carbon Fiber Pilot Line at ORNL

Oak_Ridge_National_Laboratory_LogoHarper 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.

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March 2011- Harper Launches Advanced Oxidation Ovens for Carbon Fiber Processing

Oxidation of Carbon Fibre ProcessingHarper’s innovative design brings well needed advancements to oxidation technology, incorporating multiple improvements beyond what’s available on the market today.

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March 2011- Harper Delivers Complete Carbon Fiber Pilot Line for FISIPE

Processing Facility for Carbon FibresHarper 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…..

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March 2011- Harper Wins Project to Develop Carbon Fiber System For Georgia Tech

Integrated Process Lines and Systems for Carbon FiberSystem includes a distinctive configuration to accommodate fractional tow sizes in the range of less than 100 filaments, pushing the boundaries of traditional carbon fiber processing…

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March 2011- Harper Designs Unique Furnace System for Carbon Research

Unique Furnace Developed for ORNLHarper’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…

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February 2011- Harper Awarded System Contract for Sintering Nuclear Fuel Pellets

Harper furnaces for sintering of nuclear fuel pelletsHarper develops a new continuous ultra-high-temperature synthesis and sintering furnace system that can provide improved energy efficiency and thermal uniformity for advanced ceramics manufacturing…

Read the full press release here…