Here is an overview of personnel announcements from around the thermal-processing industry.

  • Dr. Steve Offley joined Phoenix Temperature Measurement as product marketing manager. Offley has over 21 years of experience in the industrial process temperature-monitoring market. He will play a key role in promoting and marketing PhoenixTM’s range of temperature-monitoring solutions and will help manage the new product roadmap working to develop new and innovative processes temperature-monitoring solutions. Offley hopes to apply his industrial, technical and marketing skillset to help strengthen the PhoenixTM brand, grow established markets and find new opportunities.
  • Paul Gies joined Diablo Furnaces as engineering manager. Gies has 20 years of experience in the engineering and construction fields, and he also has experience working for a heat-treating OEM manufacturer. At Diablo, Gies will lead the direction of new furnace equipment and retrofits while developing and refining its existing standard line of heat-treating equipment. A Licensed Professional Engineer from the State of Ohio of Professional Engineers and Surveyors, he will also assist with applications engineering and sales to better understand customers’ ever-changing needs.
  • Eike Schmilinsky and Rok Barbič joined the technology team at Consarc Corp. Schmilinsky will serve as chief metallurgist, and Barbič will fill the role of principal metallurgist. Schmilinsky, who will be based in Germany, has 25 years of metallurgy experience in both Europe and the U.S. and has worked for steelmakers Kind & Co., Valbruna Stainless, ThyssenKrupp VDM (now VDM Metals) and British Steel. He has experience in remelting technologies (both ESR and VAR) and with ingot casting, vacuum induction melting (VIM) and blast furnaces.  Schmilinsky brings a wealth of metallurgy and industry knowledge to Consarc and will be based in Germany assisting customers globally with their metallurgical challenges. Barbič has extensive experience with ESR at SIJ Metal Ravne, where he was most recently development engineer for ESR Steel. Barbič also has experience with powder metallurgy, EAF, ladle process, heat treatment and aluminum alloys. He will be based in Slovenia.
  • Michael Coburn joined AFC-Holcroft’s sales team as sales engineer. He will be based out of the company’s headquarters in Wixom, Mich., where he will focus his varied experience on key account management and lead generation. Coburn has first-hand knowledge of commercial heat treating from his 10 years in the market, including serving as president of Hoover Steel Treating, a company known primarily as a salt-bath operation. He also has experience selling fasteners and stampings for a large industrial manufacturer, giving him exposure to heat-treatment technology such as vacuum, induction, pusher and continuous-belt furnaces.