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Why Our ISO 9001:2008 Certification Matters

Those in the manufacturing industry are familiar with the importance of being ISO certified, but sometimes even people within manufacturing and other lines of business aren't clear on what that certification means and why it's important. We're proud to be ISO 9001:2008 certified because this proves we have met a valuable set...
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The Harkness Team is Here for You

Wondering if the team at Harkness can handle your needs? We absolutely can, but it may not be for the reasons you think. This diverse team comes with a wide range of interests and although, at first glance, they may not seem to be related to your needs, with a bit of extra thought it...
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Altering Cast Polyurethane

  While casting provides the products you need, sometimes secondary machining activities are required in order to get the polyurethane elements into just the right place and in the right working order. Hard urethanes (90 Shore A and up) are fairly easy to machine.   The key is to rely on a plastics expert who understands the machinability...
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Molding – Understanding the Difference Between Injection and Cast

Your project is unique to your needs and determining which process to use comes down to a few key differences in the production processes between urethane cast molding and injection molding. First, let's consider the similarities: Both processes allow for a multitude of colors, soft or rigid durometeres and the ability to "wrap" or cast around...
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Polyurethane = Ultimate Versatility

One of the properties of polyurethane that makes it so incredibly popular and versatile is the range of hardness it exhibits. Whether hard as rock or eraser soft, this material can be formed and molded into nearly limitless shapes while delivering the right amount of hardness for the application. While rubber can be...
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Rubber Versus Polyurethane

Which material is better? As with most material selection questions, the answer is "it depends". Both materials have their place but which material is actually superior? In the case of tires, seals, and some belts, rubber is the best material. In the case of bushings, spacers, and high load components, polyurethane is the better choice. Read more

Exciting Changes at Harkness

There are a number of exciting changes at Harkness we're pleased to share: Introducing two new member to our team; Gregg Hamel and Taegan Williams. Our new Senior Manufacturing Engineer, Gregg Hamel, joined us at the end of March to support custom urethane manufacturing and product development. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, Gregg...
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Jumbo Pour!

Harkness grows its aerospace business by expanding into Guerin urethane forming pads in a big way! In March 2015, Harkness produced a “Jumbo” forming pad for an 800 ton press. The 50” diameter x 10” thick pad weighed more than 900 pounds once completed and became single largest part that Harkness has ever manufactured. Guerin pad forming...
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