Harper International (Buffalo, N.Y., USA), a manufacturer of thermal processing solutions for advanced materials, reports that it has been selected by a carbon fiber manufacturer in Asia to provide a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art Microline carbon fiber production system. The complete process line incorporates thermal systems, including oxidation ovens, carbonization furnaces and a UHT (ultrahigh-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.
Harper says the client chose the Microline because of its advanced design features that enable future scale-up of the material more effectively than any other system on the market. Harper’ says its system is focused on flexibility, versatility and precision to change and modify processing parameters during the R&D process. It can be operated with small precursor quantities, allows for maximum manipulation of key process parameters and accommodates a range of line speeds and tow sizes. As a continuous line, as opposed to many other research lines running in batch, the system will enable research efforts and provide a pathway to the next continuous step in the production process.
“Harper’s passion is applying unique technology solutions for each client’s specific processing goals, whether at research stage or in full commercial production, enabling their requirements to meet the needs of the growing carbon fiber market,” comments Charles Miller, president of Harper International. “This contract illustrates just one example of how Harper can support a carbon fiber producer’s full range of process needs with our superior technology offering.”
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