By Nick Gilbert
Allomet, a company specializing in nano-engineered powdered metal products, has selected Harper International, a provider of complete thermal processing solutions and services for the production of advanced materials, to design an advanced rotary furnace for processing specialty composite metal powders.
The system is designed to increase Allomet’s composite material throughput by several multiples than earlier batch systems. This is achieved by considerably improving the systems’ operations through increased productivity, decreased production costs and shorter delivery lead-times.
Allomet has chosen Harper based on its experience and knowledge in the area of thermal process development over an array of material industries. The innovative rotary furnace is engineered to include Allomet’s use of methane, hydrogen and argon atmospheres, either as a single one or in combination. Allomet conducted several process evaluations at Technology Research Center of Harper and the results led to an optimized system design. The design will enhance the output efficiency that aids Allomet to continue production volume growth, while decreasing new capital investment.
John Keane, President of Allomet, stated that the company was looking for ways to increase its production capacity to address the growing worldwide demand for its tough coated hard powders (TCHP). The company realized that careful consideration and proficiency of thermal processing steps was necessary. Harper offered an excellent knowledge in this field and through a customized system, it helped Allomet to optimize process and deliver efficiencies in a broad range of areas.