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Harper International recently announced it has been selected by Allomet Corp. to design a new continuous rotary furnace for the production of specialty composite metal powders. The system is engineered to drive increased throughput of Allomet’s material by many multiples over previous batch systems, reportedly improving operations through increased productivity, shorter delivery lead-times, and reduced production costs.
Allomet made its selection after several process evaluation sessions at Harper’s Technology Research Center, where Harper’s experts supported the fine tuning of their carburization process. The results yielded an optimized system design, which will provide an increase in output efficiency that can support Allomet’s continuing production volume growth while minimizing new capital investment.
“As we looked to significantly increase production capacity to meet the growing global demand for our unique and extremely wear-resistant tough coated hard powders (TCHP), we recognized that careful consideration and understanding of our thermal processing steps was required,” said John Keane, president of Allomet. “Harper provided exceptional technical proficiency in this area, and then followed through with a tailored furnace that optimizes our process and delivers efficiencies in multiple areas.”
The new rotary furnace is designed to accommodate Allomet’s use of argon, hydrogen and methane atmospheres, either in combination or singularly.