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Harry Miller Corp Develops Mobile App for Industrial Metalworking Chemicals

Harry Miller Corp Develops Mobile App for Industrial Metalworking ChemicalsYou already know that we put you and your needs first when it comes to industrial chemicals for your metalworking needs. Now, we are working on an easier, more convenient way for you to order or re-order, ask questions and connect with us — directly from your smartphone!

Mobile App Under Development

Our Harry Miller Corp mobile app is currently in development. Within the next few weeks, we will release our mobile app on both iOS (Apple) and Android platforms.

How To Use Our Upcoming App

Whether you need expert recommendations for better acid inhibitors for your pickling line, the best way to keep parts rust-free and looking new during overseas shipment or long-term storage, the most effective straight oil for your cutting and grinding operation or you want to re-order your favorite coolants or cleaning solutions, you will soon be able to do so with just a few taps on your phone. 

We are also happy to create custom blends for your particular production process — just contact us to discuss your needs.

What To Do While Waiting

Right now, you can reach us by calling 215.324.4000 or by contacting us through this website or through email. Soon, we will be adding our mobile app to your ordering, query and contact options. 

Thank you for the confidence you have in our products and the loyalty you have shown to our company. We constantly strive to provide the best products, superior service and innovative tools to make your job easier and your company more profitable.

How to Get the Harry Miller Corp App

If you would like to be one of the first get the app when it’s released, just let us know. We will be doing a small initial release before offering it to all our clients. Use our contact form to request early (beta) access.

We look forward to offering this new, more convenient way for us to meet your needs. We will be make an announcement when the beta of our mobile app is released and another when the final mobile app is available for you to download. 

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.

Nick Ariano Celebrates 50 Years at Harry Miller Corp

50 Years of Service!
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

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

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.

STLE Outstanding Large Section Award

Philadelphia STLE Awards

The Philadelphia Section Society of Tribologists & Lubrication Engineers (STLE) recently won the outstanding large section award for all programs initiated during the year in this region including:

  • Meetings
  • Seminars
  • Scholarship Awards
  • Science Fair Participation
  • University of Philadelphia Nanotechnology Meeting on Penn Campus

The award was announced during the joint meeting with the University of Pennsylvania at the Singh Center for Nano-Technology by incoming STLE president. Dr. Martin Webster. Dr. Webster particularly noted the work done by Nick Ariano and his team (which includes Stephanie Johnston) with the Delaware Valley Science Fair to foster the study of science and engineering in grade schools and middle schools.

Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) and Water Quality

Shale Image for Fracking Blog

Shale Image for Fracking Blog
The EPA has released their draft report on the impact of Fracking (Hydraulic Fracturing) operations and drinking water. In their press release, the EPA states:

Assessment shows hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources” 

Our own Bruce Entwisle, President of Harry Miller Corp, says, “The EPA, which is certainly no friend of industry, recently deemed fracking to be not harmful to ground waters. Unfortunately, there have been deceitful videos circulated purporting to show gas permeating wells as a result of fracking; these videos were made by environmental groups opposed to drilling of any sort, and they made great theatre regardless of their veracity. In reality, hydraulic fracturing is done significantly deeper than the water table, or aquifers.  Stainless steel casings that do not rust are driven through the water tables so that no leakage occurs during the process. We’re gratified that the EPA has spoken and hope that the public at large recognizes this boon to our economy that manifests itself in jobs and lower energy costs for all Americans.”

Harry Miller Corp provides its support for the Fracking industry, and will continue to provide top quality Acid Inhibitors for Fracking processes and other custom solutions for this and other industries.

Harry Miller Corp Supports Abington Hospital

Harry Miller Corp Bruce Entwisle and Nick Ariano

Harry Miller Corp Bruce Entwisle and Nick Ariano

The Harry Miller Corporation is a supporter of Abington Hospital and a proud sponsor of The June Fete Gala Program. This photo of HMC Vice-President Nick Ariano and President Bruce Entwisle, recently appeared in the June Fete Gala Program Book.

The June Fete has a long and rich history in Philadelphia and has been going strong since 1912.

This fundraiser, hosted by the Women’s Board of Abington Hospital, provides money for the hospital to use for new technology, building improvements, for the new cancer center, among other projects.

Learn more about the Abington Health Foundation Women’s Board & Auxiliaries.

New Pickling Design Unveiled

Turbulent Pickling Testing - Johnston and Ariano

Turbulent Pickling Testing - Johnston and ArianoA Brand New Technology

David M. Price, Scientist-Processes and Control for ArcelorMittal, visited Harry Miller Corp. on May 19th, 2015 to view the company’s laboratory pickling design that replicates turbulent pickling lines. This new laboratory procedure, developed by Nick Ariano and Stephanie Johnston, is believed to be the first of its kind in the industry and carries the trademark, DPP for Dynamic Pickling Process.

Turbulent Pickler Technology

Turbulent picklers are fast becoming the newest technology utilized by the flat-roll steel industry and present special challenges to operations that want to achieve the utmost productivity (i.e.-low acid usage per ton of steel). The cost of hydrochloric acid has risen dramatically over the past few years as demand for the acid grows in the hydraulic fracturing, secondary oil recovery market (“fracking”).

Managing Increased Costs

The corrosion rate in a turbulent pickler is dramatically higher than that experienced in the older, more traditional continuous lines that use deep or shallow baths. Given a higher rate of corrosion in these lines, HCl is consumed at a greater rate; in fact, by as much as 1.6 times!

This new challenge makes the use of a highly efficient acid inhibitor like Activol® 1803 all the more important to protect the base metal once the scale is removed. As a result of its use, acid is consumed to a much lesser degree, saving significant dollars in the process.