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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. 

HARBEC takes great pride in delivering high performance precision parts to ALL of its customers. “Value indicators” such as speed, quality, performance and cost are top priority to HARBEC’s design, engineering, project management, quality, manufacturing, logistics and marketing teams’ members. In doing so, HARBEC views its role not just as a supply chain vendor – but as an integral member of our customers’ teams, converging capabilities to achieve better products and solutions. 

From Robots to Racing 
HARBEC never compromises on its integrity or value. Whether our customers are launching rockets to space, exploring the vastness of the deep sea, or transporting goods across the interstate, HARBEC’s manufactured solutions are delivering unparalleled performance.  

HARBEC extends this ethic to the “NOW Generation” – high school, college and university, and trade program students who represent America’s future innovators, engineers, and technologists. 

In the past year HARBEC proudly served students of three regional technology design and development teams just as we would any customer: with 100% commitment to quality, performance and satisfaction. These included:

•             TAN[X], Canandaigua’s FIRST Robotics Team 
•           Rensselaer Motorsport, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s (RPI) Formula SAE Team
•             RIT Clean Snowmobile, Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) SAE Clean Snowmobile Team

In each instance the student-led teams sought out HARBEC for its ability to provide high-value technical expertise, precision manufacturing, agile innovation support, and very fast turnaround time. 


3-D printing comes center stage at RIT


3-D printing has become part of the high-tech vocabulary.

And for good reason.

The technology is increasingly finding its place in manufacturing — with the shape of the product left to the imagination of the designer.

Rochester Institute of Technology engineering professor Denis Cormier hopes that the recently established AMPrint Center that he directs at RIT will help put Rochester on the map as a leader in 3-D innovation.

Forming collaborations

Bob Bechtold, who is president of Harbec, which makes precision parts for various manufacturers and is based in Ontario, Wayne County, has been using additive manufacturing for about two decades. The 3-D process makes about 10 percent of what Harbec produces.

Each of the two 3-D additive machines Bechtold has for work in metals costs in the $700,000 range — a major investment.

Since the RIT center will have an array of sophisticated machines, companies can try them out and see if they want to make such a purchase.

"It offers the opportunity for people to learn about the capabilities of these new technologies," said Bechtold.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle


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Better Buildings Partner Insider talk with Bob Bechtold of HARBEC, Inc.and the Pursuit to be Water Neutral

Press Release:

HARBEC Receives Top Global Energy Management Award

HARBEC is one of 32 facilities in 19 countries to receive this award in 2016. The Energy Management Insight Award is part of the CEM Energy Management Leadership Award program. This program is managed by CEM’s Energy Management Working Group (EMWG), which includes representatives from Australia, Canada, Chile, China, the European Commission, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, the Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, and the United States.

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Allendale Columbia visits HARBEC

Tony Tepedino recently brought his middle and high school students from the class he was teaching was about sustainable energy. Tony stated: "Our entire group was impressed with the passion and commitment that Bob and Harbec have made to be a successful business, but also being smart and responsible about your business practices."

We regularly give tours to student groups from elementary through college levels. Learning about sustainability now will hopefully impact the decisions they make today and in the future.

In Search of Ingenuity

The quiet heroes of innovation do the little things that bring big ideas to life.

Few people may recognize the name Norman Heatley. Even the Nobel Committee overlooked him when, in 1945, it awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine jointly to Alexander Fleming of St. Mary’s Hospital and Ernst Chain and Howard Florey of Oxford University for discovering the lifesaving antibiotic penicillin. But it was Heatley, working side by side with Chain and Florey, who devised the first methods for growing enough penicillin to study its chemical structure and activity, purifying it, and measuring its potency. Sir Henry Harris, who succeeded Florey as head of  Oxford’s Dunn School of Pathology, once summed up Heatley’s role by saying, “Without Fleming, no Chain or Florey; without Florey, no Heatley; without Heatley, no penicillin.”
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Why Higher Ed and Business Need to Work Together

Over the past decade, business has changed dramatically. As a result, workforce skills and requirements have also changed. There are jobs today that didn’t exist 10 years ago — data scientist, social media manager, app developer — and in five more, there will be new roles with new requirements that don’t exist now. But while this has happened, one sector has lagged behind: higher education.

The speed of technological innovation and industry demands is moving faster than higher education’s ability to adapt. The system continues to focus on lectures and exams, leaving students underpHarvard Business Reviewrepared to enter today’s workforce. They’re suffering as a result – along with businesses and higher education institutions themselves. How can we expect students to be effective and successful employees when we’re using outdated models to prepare them?


Global Companies Partnering with U.S. Universities

Hundreds of U.S. universities are collaborating with global companies to help them bring innovative ideas to the American marketplace.

Universities, by their nature, are complex entities. Even having worked for one (Ohio State University) for the past seven years, I have yet to comprehend the entire breadth and depth of the institution. And yet, there is no greater collection of knowledge, talent, curiosity, and expertise than that found on the campus of a modern American university. 

In an environment where higher education is trying to hold the line on tuition and government funding is dwindling, both in direct support and research expenditures, universities are trying to leverage that collection of knowledge, teaching, research, and future workforce into greater industry collaboration. The University of Georgia’s Vice President for Research David Lee spoke for many large U.S. universities recently when he said increasing industry collaboration is a high priority: “It’s a way to connect our research to the real world, part of our land grant mission in the 21st century.”


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