Merry Christmas!


From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We wanted to share a few of the moments from our company Christmas Party this year and to let you know how much we look forward to working with you in 2017.

baby shower for Mei

Mei’s Baby Shower

baby shower for MeiThe Harry Miller Corp family is expected to get a tiny bit larger around January 19th of next year. In the meantime, we would all like to wish Mei Koe and her husband all the best as they prepare for the new arrival.  

Here are a few photos from our recent celebration to welcome her son:


Chemistry in the City of Brotherly Love

The following presentation was given during a symposium on the “Chemistry of the City of Brotherly Love” hosted by the Younger Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society.

ACS: Chemistry in the City of Brotherly Love

Abstract: From Textiles to Metals: Manufacturing in Philadelphia
By: Stephanie Zublick, Senior Development Chemist, Harry Miller Corporation

Philadelphia has a rich history in manufacturing and in the use of chemistry in those endeavors. From the 1880’s to the 1940’s, textile manufacturing was at its peak with nearly 700 independent textile manufacturers. Products included wools, cotton, ropes, synthetic materials, ribbons, silks, military specialty fabrics, and yarns to name a few. With this industry, many different types of chemicals were developed to aid in the processing and creation of these textiles.

Many of the textile manufacturers in Philadelphia purchased their processing chemicals directly from Philadelphia based chemical manufacturers such as Harry Miller Corporation. Chemicals for this manufacturing included lubricants for carding and combing, sizing compounds for wool blends, dye assists for coloring and fabric cleaners.

In the 1950’s, Philadelphia saw a sharp decline in textile manufacturing as the industry moved south and eventually overseas. This sharply decreased the demand for the specialty chemicals required for these processes in Philadelphia.

With the advent of the US’s participation in World War II, Philadelphia chemical manufacturers saw a boom in the steel mill and metal working industries and the need for specialty chemicals for metal parts such as rust preventatives and lubricants. In the 1950’s, change in mass production processes occurred e.g. automobiles, appliances, electronic devices, radio, and aviation to name a few. Specialty chemicals were now in high demand. These chemicals include lubricants, cleaners, acid inhibitors for steel mills and drawing compounds for metal deformation, all of which are made locally in Philadelphia. Chemistry has a strong history in Philadelphia.

NOTE: This presentation will also be given during the Philadelphia STLE’s George Arbocus Education Seminar on April 20, 2017.

Medium and Long-Chain Chlorinated and Paraffin-free Cutting Oil

New Heavy Duty Cutting Oil – Medium and Long-Chain Chlorinated Paraffin Free

No Medium and Long-Chain Chlorinated Paraffins in this Cutting OilFree of Medium or Long-Chain Chlorinated Paraffins

Are you trying to avoid long-chain chlorinated paraffins? PE-40-VLC is the newest addition to the Harry Miller line of heavy duty cutting oils. This newest offering is a lower viscosity version of PE-50 which is free of medium or long-chain chlorinated paraffins, which are currently under scrutiny by the EPA. PE-40-VLC has excellent lubrication properties by utilizing the newest synthetic additives; making it the ideal choice for forming operations or cutting heavy gauge carbon steel, stainless steel and alloy steel.

Outstanding Qualities

  • Excellent lubrication to prevent marring and scratching
  • Anti-wear protection to dies for long tool life
  • Good for multi-stage operations
  • Non-staining to steel and yellow metals
  • Good corrosion protection
  • Easily removed with alkaline cleaners
  • Contains no short, medium or long-chain chlorinated paraffins
  • Pleasant odor

Customer field trials are showing great success! If you would like to try this new product in your operation to avoid long and medium-chain chlorinated paraffins, contact us today!

50 Years of Service!

Nick Ariano Celebrates 50 Years at Harry Miller Corp

Nick Ariano's 50th Anniversary at Harry Miller Corp

Celebrating Nick Ariano’s 50th Anniversary at Harry Miller Corp

Today is the First Day of Nick’s 51st Year with Harry Miller Corp!

I’d like to take us all back in time… to July 11th, 1966.

  • It was a Monday, just as his anniversary today is a Monday.
  • My grandfather was sitting in my current office
  • My father was sitting where Lisa is sitting
  • I’m not sure where my Uncle was, since there was not yet any office space off the upstairs lobby
  • Which desk did Nick Take??
  • The back room was full of ladies doing direct mail
  • We had at least 10 salesmen on the road
  • Roy Allen was in Nick’s Current office: Roy had been captured by the Nazis in 1944 and had survived two death camps
  • I was at the pool at HVCC, looking forward to a month in Stone Harbor in August (I was the ripe old age of 12!)
  • The Phillies were in 4th Place
  • Connie Mac Stadium was in use at 21st and Lehigh
  • Gene Mauch was manager
  • Pitchers of note included: Bo Belinsky, Chris Short, Jim Bunning
  • Players of note included: Cookie Rojas, Clay Darymple, Dick Allen and Johnny Calison was in right field.
  • Lyndon Johnson was President
  • The Senate was 64-36 Democrat
  • The House was 248-127 Democrat
  • Popular Movies included: Born Free, Nevada Smith, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Torn Curtain and Batman.
  • Popular TV Shows included: Dark Shadows (Soap Opera), The Munsters, Gilligan’s Island and Get Smart
  • “Hanky Panky” by Tommy James and the Shondells was the #1 hit song
  • The Most Popular Song Artists were: Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, The Troggs, The Mothers of Invention and The Fifth Dimension
  • The most notable news item was that Angus Barbieri of Scotland ended his diet of Soda Water, Tea, Coffee and Vitamins after loosing 293 pound in 392 days gaining the title of “Longest to have survived without food” and he said he had forgotten what food tasted like.

On July 11, 1966, we had not yet invented the acid inhibitor Activol® 1803. Today, Activol® 1803 remains the highest selling product in our 80 year history and it led us into the international arena!

Congratulations on reaching this landmark anniversary and many thanks for all your years of service to date Nick. We are honored to have you begin your 51st year of service today!

Bruce Entwisle
Harry Miller Corporation

Haas and Miller 1936 photo at North Hills Country Club

Charlie Haas & Harry Miller in the 1930s

Haas and Miller 1936 photo at North Hills Country Club

Haas and Miller 1936 photo at North Hills Country Club

We recently dug up this classic photo, taken somewhere between 1936 and 1938, at the North Hills Country Club. Pictured from left to right are: Charlie Haas (Co-founder of Haas-Miller), Harry L. Miller (Co-founder of Haas-Miller and founder of Harry Miller Corp), Byron Nelson (the “Tiger Woods” of the 1930s, and namesake of a golf tournament still exist today), Mr. White and Mr. J. McKenna. Our company uses modern methods to keep our customer’s processes on the cutting edge, but our company enjoys a long, rich history.

Stephanie Johnston Is Getting Married!

Our Senior Developmental Chemist, Stephanie Johnston is getting married, so we decided to throw her an engagement party! Our best wishes go out to Stephanie and her fiancée. Please see our pictures from the party in the gallery below.

ISO 9001:2008 Quality Audit

SAI-Global Audit for ISO 9001-2008

ISO 9001:2008 Quality Audit

“Harry Miller Corp underwent a Re-Assessment Audit earlier this month for compliance to the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Standard. Based on the results of this audit it has been determined that the management system is effectively implemented and meets the requirements of the standard. Therefore, a recommendation for continuing certification has been submitted to SAI-Global review team. The Audit was performed by Lew Atkinson, an accredited lead auditor for SAI-Global, an internationally accredited registrar. Our entire Quality management system was audited for Major non-conformances, Minor non-conformances, and Opportunities for Improvement (OFI’s).

ISO 9001:2008 Audit Findings and Recommendations

The audit went very well, there were no major / minor non-conformances in our system, and a few  opportunities for improvement. OFI’s included 2 minor recommendations for procedure rewrites and a recommendation to review the outside calibration records and to make appropriate comments regarding calibration findings.

The auditor’s conclusion was that we are to be recommended for a new Certification to ISO 9001:2008 for the next 3 years.

Particular Strengths in Our Processes

The auditor found several strengths within our system, and specifically mentioned:

  1. Good comments on the company website regarding the ISO certification process.
  2. Very good internal audit program – well ‘customized’ to business risks/priorities (and including detailed audit planning & development of checklists).  Some good observations & OFIs were documented.
  3. Good Management Reviews – including overall content, tracking of quality costs & “pre-review” of topics.
  4. Good (on-going) follow-up of Management Review Action Items.
  5. Good analysis of reasons for batch errors (e.g., multiple format for graphical presentation).

ISO 9001:2008 Quality Audit

Next Steps

In 2018, we will then be registering for the new standard, ISO 9001:2015, which is expected to be released next month.  There will be changes with the new standard, primarily involving the onset of much more activity dealing with “risk assessment” of processes by companies,  more involvement by top management, and less emphasis on documented procedures, and more on recorded data. We will be implementing those changes, once received, over the 3 year period.

Thank You

Thanks to all involved in the daily operations that are all linked to the Quality Management System in place; and for contributing to the success of that system!  Let’s strive to make the system work even better over the next 3 years!

Nick Ariano, Vice President
Harry Miller Corp

ISO 9001:2008 Quality Audit

How an Acid Inhibitor Protects Steel

Here’s a visual (and dramatic) demonstration in our labs of how a hot acid bath will eat away at the steel your company works hard to produce. Use of one of our acid inhibitors (in this case, Activol® 1803) in the pickling process significantly reduces your surface pitting and metal loss to the acid.

Why Pickling Processes Require an Acid Inhibitor

The video below graphically demonstrates what happens to steel in hot HCl, once the scale is removed. (Remember that 90% of the scale is removed early on in the pickling process; the last tank or maybe tank and a half is necessary to remove the edge scale, which is the most difficult scale to remove.)

Therefore, for most of the process, the strip is actually descaled and is being dissolved in the acid in the form of iron chloride. The result is that the strip becomes overpickled, your yield is degraded, and the HCl is being consumed needlessly, thereby increasing your operating costs.

Learn More About Acid Inhibitors

In this video, the metal used is descaled, grade 1011 steel in a bath of hydrochloric acid. The acid is eating away at the steel at a remarkable rate until the Activol® 1803 is added to protect the steel from the pickling process. Learn more about acid inhibitors (in general) and our acid inhibitors (in particular). Looking for more corrosion inhibitors? Try our Steelgard products!

Find the Perfect Acid Inhibitor

If you have additional questions, or need assistance to determine which of our acid inhibitor products will work best for your particular process,  give us a call: 215-324-4000. We also offer special custom formulations if your needs are unique. We have over 79 years of experience and can make your manufacturing process run a little smoother.

Didlake Retires After 26 Years

Jeff-DidlakeJeff Didlake retired today after serving 26 years with the company.

Jeff has been instrumental in formulating a variety of products for the company over that span, chief among them included in our Steelgard® line. When calls from potential or existing customers came into the office, they were transferred to Jeff for answers.

In 2011, we instituted a new ERP system, and Jeff took to it seamlessly, helping to implement it while also using it to bridge production issues with the lab and inventory control. Jeff was a tireless worker who had an impeccable attendance record and was a cheerful member of the team.

“It’s hard to lose a great employee, like Jeff, not to mention the many years of experience he offered. He will be sorely missed,” said company president Bruce Entwisle.