Research & Pilot Facilities

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Harper offers services and facilities for the scale up of advanced materials thermal processing. Hundreds of companies have used our Technology Research Center for process development and process optimization as they work toward commercial scale-up or with systems requiring unique process specifications.

Customers can utilize numerous on site furnace systems, including Rotary, Vertical, Elevator, Box and Microwave systems, to gather data and fine tune their processes, with a focus on varying production rates, temperature regimes, processing times, atmosphere compositions, and flow rates, resulting in savings on the investment ultimately required for new thermal processing systems.

Harper has also partnered with the University of Dayton Research Institute to offer our clients access to additional innovative R&D systems. The UDRI Multiscale Composites and Polymers division operates an industrial scale, continuous process high temperature Pusher style furnace manufactured by Harper, with a maximum temperature of 2500°C.

Additionally clients can take advantage of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, home to the Department of Energy’s Carbon Fiber Technology Facility. This 42,000 sq. ft. innovative technology facility serves as a national testbed for government and commercial partners to scale-up emerging Carbon Fiber technology. The 390-ft long processing line at this DOE facility was manufactured by Harper International and is the ideal outlet for Carbon Fiber R&D.

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