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Harper Receives Contract for Rotary Thermal Treatment System

April 17, 2013
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Harper International recently announced it was selected by U.S. Demil LLC (USD) for the design of a new continuous indirect rotary thermal treatment unit (TTU) for demilitarization processing of munitions. The equipment is intended to support U.S. Department of Defense efforts directed at reducing and recycling large stockpiles of excess, obsolete, and unserviceable munitions for safety and environmental purposes.

USD conducted several process development sessions at Harper’s Technology Research Center to test and prove the company’s proprietary non-incinerative thermal demilitarization process, known as Decineration™, on various small production lots of unique munition materials. Fine tuning of the precise thermal regime was focused on a design to deliver the most efficient and safe system possible. The resulting TTU reportedly achieves the client’s needs of successfully demilitarizing and recovering, without destruction, all non-energetic materials in an environmentally responsible manner, at levels not previously achieved in other existing demilitarization processes.

“Harper’s drive to engineer a furnace to meet our exacting processing requirements over our many years of research and development is a testament to their dedication,” said Mark B. Mitskovski, president, USD. “Harper played a critical role in helping us demonstrate the viability of this efficient and unprecedented environmentally responsible closed-end processing technology and enabling USD’s success for this project.”  

For additional information, visit www.harperintl.com.

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