Culture of Innovation
At Harper, we have significant experience with composites; we've been supplying customers with lightweight carbon-composite torque tube covers and other products for over 10 years. Significant weight and cost savings were seen over the evolution of the metal cover to the thermoplastic composite cover. The success of the product line was built on the creativity of our engineers and execution of our production team.
Our engineers continue to drive innovation in composites. We've recently opened a state-of-the-art composite production facility. The facility houses our new 200-ton, 60" x 24" working area thermoforming press with a rapid shuttle oven system. The new fiber-reinforced thermoplastic laminates have reduced cost and processing time as well as increased part durability.
New Facility and Materials
Our new facility, completed in 2015, is 100% dedicated to our composite production line. With our new process in place, we can provide the following benefits:
- Lighter and more durable parts through a thermoplastic design that reduces material needs
- Our proprietary silicone bonding process provides a more polished and practical finished product
- Significant reduction in production time per-part
- In-house tooling and 3D printed prototypes reduce lead time on new designs