Harper Launches New Beacon™ Program to Lead the Future of Energy Efficiency in Carbon Fiber Processing

Press Release:
  Mar 27, 2012 — Anguil is excited to announce our participation in the Beacon as it pertains to the destruction of Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN), Ammonia (NH3), Silicone and Nitrous Oxide (NOX) emissions often produced in the ovens and furnaces of carbon fiber and composite plants.

Carbon fiber and graphite reinforced polymers are materials that have, and will continue to revolutionize the products we use every day by making them stronger, lighter and more durable. However, the manufacturing process can have serious environmental ramifications and immediate danger to human health if careful consideration is not given to emission control at the production phase of these materials.

We design, manufacture, service and install energy-efficient oxidizer systems designed specifically for the air toxins that are often produced in the ovens and furnaces of carbon fiber manufacturers. Our company is intimately familiar with the capture, control and compliance hurdles that the processing plants face.

Buffalo, NY – Harper International, world leader in thermal processing solutions for advanced materials, announced today the launch of Beacon™, a ground-breaking new program offering Carbon Fiber manufacturers the ability to evaluate the carbon footprint of their manufacturing process and identify opportunities for improvement.

With its extensive experience in the industry since the market’s inception, Harper has developed a model that analyzes various plant configurations and capacities, precursors, integration scenarios and energy recovery options and ranks the environmental impact of the process line. This endeavor establishes a baseline and a facility-specific metric that can be used to develop improvement plans to drive greater energy recovery and lower operating costs.

“The Carbon Fiber industry is at a critical maturity point where we must focus on achieving greatest output cost effectively with environmental responsibility in order to secure adoption in future market applications such as in automotive,” commented Robert Blackmon, VP of Integrated Systems at Harper.

“Our unparalleled expertise in this market makes Harper uniquely qualified to create this roadmap for our customers to enable their success. As the industry grows, it will undoubtedly be necessary to more attentively consider environmental impact. The Beacon program is the only offering that comprehensively examines energy utilization in detail and develops solutions for improvement. We expect many to be inspired by this innovation, however Harper is clearly leading the way.”

A new website, harperbeacon.com , also launched as a part of the program. On this site, users can experience the concept of Beacon with a preview survey that evaluates the carbon footprint in a short example model. The complete Beacon model is a complex analysis of over a hundred design parameters. This work expands upon Harper’s previous cost modeling providing insight into the impact of energy efficiency as a part of the overall cost of operations.

Robert Blackmon will be presenting on Beacon during the Technical Sales Presentations at JEC Europe on Tuesday, March 27th, at 14:30pm. These endeavors were supported with inputs from industry experts including Anguil Environmental Systems.

About Harper International

Harper International is a global leader in complete thermal processing solutions, as well as technical services essential for the production of advanced materials. From concept to commercialization, from research scale to full production line operations, Harper is perpetually on the cutting edge. For decades, we have pioneered some of the world’s most innovative, customized systems, with a focus on processing materials at high temperature and in non-ambient atmospheres. For additional information about Harper, please visit harperintl.com or email us at info@harperintl.com.

For more information: http://www.anguil.com/industries-served/carbon-fiber.aspx
 Additional link: http://harperbeacon.com/ 
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