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    Injection Molding vs. 3D Printing
    November 5, 2021 Injection Molding vs. 3D Printing
    Today, 3D printing and injection molding are ideal for your project's complex components and plastic parts. However, you may be unsure of the perfect manufacturing technique...
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    What Is Medical Additive Manufacturing?
    October 25, 2021 What Is Medical Additive Manufacturing?
    Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is useful in a variety of industries—and it’s starting to draw more interest from healthcare professionals as a means of i...
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    Transfer Molding: The Final Step in Forming a Complete Assembly
    October 21, 2021 Transfer Molding: The Final Step in Forming a Complete Assembly
    An image of the transfer molding process at work Transfer molding is used i...
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    The Benefits of Injection Molding in the Aerospace Industry
    October 19, 2021 The Benefits of Injection Molding in the Aerospace Industry
    Injection molding has proven its benefits in a wide range of industries, especially the aerospace industry. Because of this, injection molding has become a popular option for man...
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    Earth Day Every Day
    April 22, 2021 Earth Day Every Day
    Today is Earth Day, a day dedicated to environmental awareness and stewardship. In order to make serious impacts and improvements, we must think about our choices and make changes every day. Since 2013, HARBEC has been a Read more ›
    Manufacturing Advancements Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
    October 2, 2020 Manufacturing Advancements Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
    Since our inception in 1977, we have explored many uncharted areas. Pioneering has been what has brought success. This has involved a great deal of problem solving, creativity and especially risk taking. As we reflect over the last year and envisi...
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    Let Harbec Make It Lighter
    June 20, 2019 Let Harbec Make It Lighter
    For over 40 years, Harbec has often taken a “less is more” mentality through efforts in sustainability as well as surviving national economic crisis. Lightweighting is all about doing more with less. Why? In industries like Aerospace and defense, ...
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    New Website
    January 26, 2019 New Website
    HARBEC is proud to launch our newly redesigned website, www.harbec.com focusing on our Contract Manufacturing experience for Aerospace, Medical and High End Industrial Markets. It has been redesigned with you in...
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    Certification to AS9100D 
    May 23, 2018 Certification to AS9100D 
    We are proud to share our recent certification to AS9100 Revision D Quality Management System for aviation, space and defense industries. Here at Harbec, our employees strive for excellence in all we do. By adding a 5th management systems certific...
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    40 Years of HARBEC: Part 4
    January 25, 2018 40 Years of HARBEC: Part 4
    The fourth segment of this forty year adventure covers 2007 to the present. It started out with one of the most difficult challenges Harbec had to deal with to date. 2007 and 2008 were the most economically challenging years they had ever faced. D...
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    40 Years of HARBEC: Part 3
    October 5, 2017 40 Years of HARBEC: Part 3
    1997-2007…The Era of Energy Awareness Harbec ended the late 90’s and entered the 21st Century with continued growth in their customer base and increased technical expertise. They survived the Y2k threat, economic slumps and other challenges while ...
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    40 Years of HARBEC: Part 2
    June 22, 2017 40 Years of HARBEC: Part 2
    1987-1997... Growing, Transforming and Embracing New Ideas During Harbec's second decade, many significant changes and opportunities were in store. By 1987 Harbec had outgrown the barn and it was time to come out into the open and find a real m...
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    40 Years of HARBEC: Part 1
    March 23, 2017 40 Years of HARBEC: Part 1
    1977-1987… The Barn. As we are now in our 40th year, we will devote one blog per quarter to each decade we have been in existence. Harbec started in two garages, belonging to Bob Bechtold and his brother Mike, in the village of Webster, NY. In the...
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    Making spirits bright throughout the year!
    December 22, 2016 Making spirits bright throughout the year!
    As 2016 comes to a close, we would like to extend to you our best wishes for a Happy, Healthy, and Joyful Holiday Season & New Year!
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    Partnerships with a Purpose
    November 9, 2016 Partnerships with a Purpose
    HARBEC has demonstrated innovation in the selection and integration of unique partners to help fulfill its ongoing pursuit of energy and environmental excellence. In the past three years HARBEC has worked with the US Department of Energy (DOE), Ne...
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    Beyond Proof of Concept: How HARBEC Brings Design, Engineering and Manufacturing Value to Every Part and Project
    September 28, 2016 Beyond Proof of Concept: How HARBEC Brings Design, Engineering and Manufacturing Value to Every P...
    In September, HARBEC, Inc. proudly celebrates its 39th year in business. We begin by thanking our employees, some who have been with us since day one, for continually evolving, and building a better business and better future in our community. We ...
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    The Future is NOW!
    June 27, 2016 The Future is NOW!
    Frequently called upon for manufacturing solutions to challenging projects, HARBEC serves the most discerning customers within the aerospace/defense and security, medical device, electronics, automotive/transportation, and consumer product markets...
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    History of Innovation in Manufacturing Spans Nearly 40 Years
    May 9, 2016 History of Innovation in Manufacturing Spans Nearly 40 Years
    We Embrace the Future . . . Today. HARBEC Plastics Inc. was established in 1977 as a contract Tool and Die/general machine shop. Its founder, Bob Bechtold, understood that opportunities existed in that market for innovative solutions and problem s...
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    Delivering Value to the Toughest Customers Requires Trust, Ingenuity, and Teamwork
    March 31, 2016 Delivering Value to the Toughest Customers Requires Trust, Ingenuity, and Teamwork
    The aerospace/defense and medical industries have very discerning requirements. Customers in these sectors value precision engineering, and manufacturing. With that comes adherence to very tight part tolerances, superior performance, speed, agilit...
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    Delivering on Quality for High-Performance Parts
    September 28, 2015 Delivering on Quality for High-Performance Parts
    With the school year in full swing, we are reminded that, even as adults, we are always learning, sharing and growing. We are also challenged, tested, evaluated, even praised and rewarded for our efforts. Sometimes the reward is the sheer accompli...
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    Creating a More Sustainable World in 3D
    June 23, 2015 Creating a More Sustainable World in 3D
    Do you see your world in 3D...Where the dimensions of economy (profit), environment (planet), and society (people) are equally considered in the realization of your manufactured product? Traditional approaches to manufacturing have relied far too ...
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    From Difficult to Differentiated: Creating Customer Solutions for Hard to Manufacture Materials
    May 19, 2015 From Difficult to Differentiated: Creating Customer Solutions for Hard to Manufacture Materials
    For many industries, high-intensity and high-value jobs require precision instruments that are made from high-performance materials. The medical, aerospace, defense, energy, and transportation industries are a few of the sectors that design and ma...
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    Smart Business, Sustainable Business- Eco-Economics at HARBEC
    April 21, 2015 Smart Business, Sustainable Business- Eco-Economics at HARBEC
    A vibrant economy is enabled by a healthy environment. Businesses and manufacturers in particular, can play a tremendous role to ensure the earth’s natural resources are not wasted, and that we do our part in conserving natural resources and prote...
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    Water Stewardship: An Untapped Industrial Opportunity
    March 26, 2015 Water Stewardship: An Untapped Industrial Opportunity
    According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), less than one percent of the total water on earth is fresh water available for human uses including drinking, transportation, heating and cooling, and industry. The balance of water is not readily av...
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    Removing Obstacles and Reducing Risk
    February 25, 2015 Removing Obstacles and Reducing Risk
    HARBEC has evolved to be a one-stop manufacturing solutions provider. We've done this to remove obstacles and reduce unnecessary risk for our customers. The best way to control the quality, performance, price, and longevity of precision parts and ...
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    Getting in Gear: Exposing the Next Generation to Manufacturing…
    January 28, 2015 Getting in Gear: Exposing the Next Generation to Manufacturing…
    Planning, developing, and ensuring a sustainable economic future is everyone’s responsibility. Having a vibrant economy, active job pool, dynamic workforce, and a diversity of economic opportunities are indicators of economic growth and prosperity...
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    Community is More Than an Address
    December 18, 2014 Community is More Than an Address
    It is not enough to exist (have a physical address and place of business) in a community; rather it is essential to be an active, engaged, and a trusted ally within the community. At Harbec we take this to heart.   Since our humble beginning in ou...
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    Innovation
    November 25, 2014 Innovation
    For a manufacturing business like Harbec, innovation lies between delivering a value that the customer wants and creating operational value through efficiency and waste reduction. Top line growth for a manufacturing business is generated by access...
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    Machining Precision Parts Requires Impeccable Attention to Detail
    October 29, 2014 Machining Precision Parts Requires Impeccable Attention to Detail
    Ultimately, success in machining requires a team of highly proficient machine operators, tool makers, designers, engineers, project managers, technicians, and operations managers all working together to continuously achieve high quality products c...
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    Beyond the Checklist: The Vital Role of Management Systems to Business Success
    September 22, 2014 Beyond the Checklist: The Vital Role of Management Systems to Business Success
    Managing people, data, and information is an essential element of business success. The “plan-do-check-act” process of business planning is a useful and simple way to make sure your management and the business check off on each step of this proces...
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    Precision Manufacturing Requires Specialized Software Tools
    August 27, 2014 Precision Manufacturing Requires Specialized Software Tools
      Harbec uses Solid Works as our main CAD (Computer Aided Design) software tool for product ...
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    Materials Selection and Management Solutions
    July 28, 2014 Materials Selection and Management Solutions
    The development and commercialization of sustainable products can be realized by integrating a framework of sustainability across the following high-level product development steps: Customer Needs Assessment, Sustainable Product Design Principles...
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    Continuous Improvement: Deliberate, Disciplined, Detailed
    June 30, 2014 Continuous Improvement: Deliberate, Disciplined, Detailed
    Harbec’s keys to success stem from a deliberate and disciplined attention to quality in everything we do. More and more the behavior elements of business success are being studied. Why do some businesses succeed and others fail? Why do some busine...
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    Clean, Green, and Lean: Medical Device Component Manufacturing at Harbec
    May 29, 2014 Clean, Green, and Lean: Medical Device Component Manufacturing at Harbec
    The medical device industry designs, develops and uses the most advanced technology and novel materials available. The industry represents a diversity of market segments which have very high standards for quality and precision products including o...
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    Doing the right thing, every day
    April 24, 2014 Doing the right thing, every day
    “Sustainable Manufacturing is defined as the creation of manufactured products that use processes which minimize negative environmental impacts, conserve energy and natural resources, are safe for employees, communities, and consumers and are econ...
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    An Admirer…
    April 22, 2014 An Admirer…
    Happy Earth Day! We truly do believe every day is Earth Day and it warms our hearts to know our decisions are recognized and appreciated by others. We received a wonderful note from someone we had never met and wanted to share it.
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    So You Need Custom Injection Molded Parts Yesterday…
    March 20, 2014 So You Need Custom Injection Molded Parts Yesterday…
    In our last blog we focused on speed-to-market solutions in prototypes and production machining. We also referenced a Quick Manufacturing Solutions (QMS) process for “managing the queue”, as a means of saving time and resources from design ...
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    Precision Manufacturing at the Speed of Today’s Business World
    February 26, 2014 Precision Manufacturing at the Speed of Today’s Business World
    “If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.” - Jack Welch
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    Meeting the Challenges of 2014 and Beyond
    January 22, 2014 Meeting the Challenges of 2014 and Beyond
    As 2014 is officially upon us, we at HARBEC would like to thank our customers for their loyalty and trust, as we look ahead to another great year, and many more. We’d also like to remind our clients, both old and new, that we believe your time ...
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    Celebrating 2013: The Power of People, Partnerships and Performance
    December 16, 2013 Celebrating 2013: The Power of People, Partnerships and Performance
    As we come to the close of 2013 there is much to be grateful for. The manufacturing sector in the U.S. is gaining momentum, particularly since all five components of the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) purchasing managers’ index (PMI) have...
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    The Vital Role of American Manufacturing
    November 18, 2013 The Vital Role of American Manufacturing
    For the first time in years, there seems to be a lot of attention on American manufacturing—its comeback, its importance, and its value. Reshoring is bringing business and jobs back to America, and U.S. consumers are making the conscious choice to...
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    Introducing Cleanroom Capabilities
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    The Advantages of Aluminum
    August 14, 2013 The Advantages of Aluminum
    Over the years, there have been discussions in the industry about using aluminum molds for tooling. Are they right for volume production? What is their lifespan? Are they tough enough to withstand high-volume, long-term runs? It may surprise many ...
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    Why Employee Morale Matters So Much
    July 1, 2013 Why Employee Morale Matters So Much
    One of the biggest assets of any business is its employees. Accordingly, employee morale is one of the most important, truly fundamental aspects of running a company—no matter what the business or industry. Low employee morale carries several high...
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    The Power of the Wind
    May 29, 2013 The Power of the Wind
    Did you know that people have been using wind energy since as early as 3000 B.C.? Apparently, the ancient civilizations were onto something.  Today, we’re well aware of the importance and advantages of efficient energy, and wind power is one of th...
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    Fiction and Facts about Direct Metal Laser Sintering
    May 7, 2013 Fiction and Facts about Direct Metal Laser Sintering
    Laser sintering is hot. Better known by the popular name the media has attached to the overall technology, 3D printing, you can’t look at a news roundup these days without running into a slew of articles on the supposedly “new” industrial process....
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    Harbec Explains DMLS Technology
    April 10, 2013 Harbec Explains DMLS Technology
    In recent years, additive manufacturing has become a mainstream method for producing prototypes and production parts. Harbec has offered DMLS (direct metal laser sintering) and SLS (select laser sintering) services since 2000, providing customers ...
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    Harbec Continues To Set Itself Apart From The Competition
    March 1, 2013 Harbec Continues To Set Itself Apart From The Competition
    Harbec Inc. was established in 1977 by Bob Bechtold, who saw a void in the market for a Contract Precision Manufacturer that applied innovative manufacturing technology and offered engineering support to its customers. This vision made Harbec an ...
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    The Aviation Industry is highly regulated with demands and controls that ensure the safety and reliability of equipment and materials. Our aviation, space and defense customers can be confident that HARBEC retains a certified Quality Management System which is well implemented and designed to deliver increased customer satisfaction as a natural by-product of tracking key quality goals of on-time delivery and compliant product to our customers. Our processes are monitored to improve efficiency, ensure product safety and reliability while continually improving.

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    The Medical Industry is highly regulated with demands and controls that ensure regulatory requirements and customer expectations are met. Our medical device customers can be confident that HARBEC retains a certified Quality Management System which is well implemented and designed to deliver increased customer satisfaction as a natural by-product of tracking key quality goals of on-time delivery and compliant product to our customers. Our ISO 13485 management system adopts a risk management approach which, while having these controls in place, eliminates hazardous situations throughout the product realization process.

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    HARBEC is a registered ITAR company. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) is a set of United States Government regulations on the export and import of defense related articles and services. Our Defense and Military customers can have complete confidence that HARBEC has an established and implemented ITAR compliance program and adhere to the strict guidelines set forth by ITAR and EAR statutes.

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