Harper supports the ever-expanding advanced ceramics industry with innovative thermal processing solutions, as new product designs push the boundaries of existing technology and demand reduced size and weight and increased performance. Our focus is enabling customers in thermal processing of ceramics with furnace and kiln technologies that incorporate improved flexibility, operating efficiencies, and equipment control to help scale up production rates successfully. We tailor our batch and continuous furnace systems to each unique application, ideal for processing in controlled and specialty atmospheric environments and at temperatures up to 3000°C. Additionally, we can work to devise a turnkey furnace solution with our range of offerings including gas treatment and handling and fully integrated control systems.
Harper’s experience spans a range of engineering ceramics, with extensive experience in designing for the production of silicon nitride, tungsten carbide, boron nitride and aluminas. Additionally, Harper kilns are widely used to calcine powders and sinter components such as thermistors, varistors and monolithic and multi-layer capacitors. As the utilization of specialty ceramics continues to grow through advancing aerospace, automobile, defense, energy, and bio-medical requirements, Harper aims to help enable companies from the lab to full commercialization, helping make their innovations a reality.
Harper’s diverse expertise across advanced material markets is most seen in the application of our technology for SiC (Silicon Carbide) Fiber processing. Our decades of experience in Carbon Fiber supporting successful scale up from grams to tons per year is well translated to this growing market. Harper has unique expertise both in Ceramics and Fibers to develop efficient and effective technologies to help customers meet business and technical goals across the entire process. No other thermal processing provider can claim the expertise that Harper offers in Ceramics and Fiber processing with the advanced technology portfolio, service capabilities, process and material science knowledge, and custom engineering support that we possess. Our multiple Research & Piloting Facility options provide a resource to support an R&D path to commercialization that is unparalleled in the industry.