September 8, 2006
Energy's Mark Gentry appointed chair of the Infrared Equipment
Division of the Industrial Heating Equipment Association
RALEIGH, NC – Mark Gentry, Advanced Energy’s industrial process heating business development manager, has been appointed chair of the Infrared Equipment Division [IRED] of the Industrial Heating Equipment Association [IHEA]. As chair, he will be responsible for keeping the IRED group focused and engaged in industry-related activities throughout the year. Gentry is in charge of making sure projects meet deadlines and planning out meetings. The group looks to Gentry for organization and leadership.
IHEA is a national organization devoted to helping its member companies succeed in the industrial heat processing industry. They constantly strive to raise the quality of member companies by keeping them aware of the current state of the industry, training them in quality improvements and encouraging emerging graduates to explore careers in this field. They attempt to raise end-users views of member companies as well-informed and quality-driven.
The IRED sector seeks to further the use, development, and manufacture of infrared equipment. They encourage idea exchange between members and collect information about other industries which may be relevant to the infrared industry. The IRED also aims to promote product quality improvement, less wasteful manufacturing processes, and production methods that are less polluting.
“Working with IRED provides a great opportunity to help industrial customers lower their cost to produce their products by using infrared equipment,” Gentry said. “With most of my customer projects, infrared has been the technology that meets their needs while meeting their business financial hurdles. With results like this the future for the IRED looks very promising.”
Gentry is part of the industrial process heating division at Advanced Energy. Industrial companies contact this division for assistance in lowering costs of production by improving their industrial heating processes. Advanced Energy’s trained staff members will examine current manufacturing processes and recommend ways to improve. They will then help companies evaluate vendor options for new heating technologies, to ensure they pick a machine that best meets their needs.
The services that Advanced Energy provides help the client to increase their profits and efficiency by lowering overall manufacturing costs. Another benefit of the process heating sector is that it helps industries stay competitive, therefore keeping business healthy and securing jobs of industrial workers. So far this year, this sector has totaled industrial savings of $7.5 million.
Gentry’s role at Advanced Energy is to build and cultivate strong, receptive relationships with industrial customers who are interested in process heating applications. He also works to identify ways for companies to reduce production costs and oversees projects for industrial customers. He coordinates and directs engineering evaluations and demonstration projects. Gentry acts as a liaison between customers and Advanced Energy staff.