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  • 1. Your partner for implementing custom thermal processing solutions INTERNATIONAL HARPER
  • 2. Harper International Background and Capabilities
  • 3.
    • Established in 1924
    • Over 100 employees
    • USA 45,000 ft2 manufacturing facility
    • European Assembly Site
    • 5,500 ft2 process and innovation lab
    • Over 4,000 installations worldwide
    • Decades of expertise
    Facts and Figures Advanced Thermal Systems for Fiber Processing
  • 4. Harper Technical Profile
    • Core Skills:
      • Scale up of New or Challenging Processes
        • 500C – 3000C
        • Atmospherically Controlled Gas Solids Reactors
        • Continuous Processing
      • Design and Construction Techniques across complex materials platforms (Metallic > Ceramic > Graphitic)
      • Integrated Systems Design – Plant Supply
      • Complex Material Flows
      • Precise Control of Gas - Solids Interactions within Reactor (Inert, Reducing, Oxidizing, Reactive)
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  • 5. Equipment for Thermal Processing
    • Rotary Systems
    • Pusher Systems
    • Vertical Reactors
    • Fluid Bed Systems
    Belt Systems (Mesh and Strip Belts) Batch Systems Carbon Fiber Systems
  • 6. Harper Model Business
    • Custom Thermal Processes
    • Advanced Materials Markets
    • Large Portion of Revenue associated with Ceramic and Carbon Based Custom Thermal Reactors
    • Scale Up of New Processes
    • Majority of Commercial Developments come through Harper R&D Pilot Initiatives
    • High Client Rate of Client Retention
    • Leading to Repeat Business
  • 7. Engineering Talent
    • Multi-Disciplinary
    • Chemical
    • Carbon Fiber Process
    • Ceramic
    • Materials
    • Electrical
    • Mechanical
    • Systems Integration
    • Process Engineering
  • 8. Traditional Markets
    • Carbon Fiber
    • Sintered Parts
    • Fuels / Energy
    • Fine Powders
    • Metallurgical Powders
    • Catalysts
  • 9. Developing Emerging Technologies
    • Carbon Nano Tube Production
    • Inorganic Nanomaterials
    • Alternative Energy
  • 10. Client Responsiveness to Initial Inquiry Success and Trust Leads to New Business Continued Refinement of Future Designs Developmental Project Model Harper Innovation in Response Research and Testing to Support Design Delivery of First- Of-a-Kind Technology Partnership In Process Development Partnership In Efforts to See Project Through
  • 11. Initial Inquiry Developmental Project Model Development, & Testing Industrial Scale-Up
  • 12.
        • Design an experiment to
        • prove out pusher type technology
        • Configure Existing
        • Lab Equipment to mimic
        • full scale operation
        • Perform Tests
        • Engineer and Propose
        • a Unique Engineered
        • Solution
    Development at Harper
  • 13. CASE STUDY: DEVELOPMENT OF PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY / EQUIPMENT ENGINEERING FOR PIGMENT PROCESSING
  • 14. SPECIALTY PIGMENTS WORLD’S LARGEST PRODUCER OF BLUE PIGMENTS (EU BASED) CONTINUOUS PRODUCTION SINCE 1884 PRODUCT CYCLE TIME IN CURRENT KILNS ~ 29 DAYS HIGH ENERGY CONSUMPTION HIGH CAPEX FOR KILN RECONSTRUCTION PRODUCT QUALITY
  • 15.
    • PROJECT OBJECTIVES
    • PROCESS:
    • Continuous Process
    • Improved energy efficiency
    • Shorter reaction time
    • Recovery of excess sulphur
    • Consistent product quality
    • Reduction in space
    • Elimination of fugitive emissions
    • COMMERCIAL:
    • Shorter Product Cycle Times
    • Lower Specific Cost of Production
    SPECIALTY PIGMENTS
  • 16. SPECIALTY PIGMENTS CHEMICAL PROCESS OPTIMIZATION
    • PROCESS PERFORMED ON A SINGLE BRICK
    • TIME TEMPERATURE CURVE WAS OPTIMIZED
    • PROCESS INNOVATION
  • 17. SPECIALTY PIGMENTS PROCESS SCALE-UP / OPTIMIZATION
    • PROCESS PERFORMED ON A STACK OF BRICKS
    • TIME TEMPERATURE CURVE WAS FURTHER OPTIMIZED
    • REQUISITE TECHNICAL INPUTS FOR ENGINEERING GATHERED
    PILOT SCALE EXPERIMENTS FOR SCALE UP DATA STACK OF BRICKS TO SIMULATE PRODUCTION SCALE ENVIRONMENT
  • 18. SPECIALTY PIGMENTS INTEGRATED PIGMENT PROCESSING EQUIPMENT ENGINEERING
  • 19. SPECIALTY PIGMENTS
    • KEY LEARNINGS:
    • LONGER TIME-TEMPERATURE PROFILES ARE INSENSITIVE TO SHARP LOCAL VARIATIONS IN THEIR ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS
    • SCALE-UP DATA FROM A STACK OF BRICKS INSPIRED CONFIDENCE IN CLIENT’S PERCEPTION WITH THE TECHNOLOGY
    • CUSTOMER’S TECHNICAL AND COMMERCIAL INPUT AT EACH GATE OF THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS IS KEY TO THE SUCCESS OF THE PROGRAM
    • DEVELOPMENT OF A NOVEL TECHNOLOGY AGAINST AN ALMOST 100 YR OLD PROCESS TECHNOLOGY
    • TRANSPARENCY / COMMUNICATION ACROSS VARIOUS FUNCTIONAL GROUPS INTERNALLY INCLUDING R&D, ENGG, SALES AND THE CLIENT WITH DEVELOPMENTS AT EACH STAGE
  • 20. THANK YOU / Q & A