The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) is excited to announce the launch of its Induction Division which represents a very important segment of the heat processing industry. This division will focus on educating both the induction OEM’s and end users of thermal process technologies on best practices such as safety and operations, where the technology is best used and keeping the industry updated on the latest innovations related to induction.
IHEA president B.J. Bernard states, “IHEA strives to be the authoritative voice for the entire thermal processing industry. Of course, there are many different ways to apply heat. The Induction Division will focus on the specific issues facing induction suppliers and end-users. IHEA welcomes the new Induction Division and looks forward to working with them to improve the thermal processing industry as a whole.”
The three charter induction OEM’s are Ajax Tocco Magnethermic, Ambrell, and SMS Elotherm, with Taylor-Winfield joining in 2016. The utility members involved are Duke Energy, Georgia Power and Alabama Power along with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). The Induction Division allows IHEA to expand its reach in the heat processing industry to provide critical information and education on induction technology. The addition of induction companies will also benefit all IHEA members by providing great resources and knowledge of numerous innovative areas for members.
The Induction Division is in the process of developing content for IHEA’s 2016 Induction Seminar, which will take place this Fall. They are also developing induction content for IHEA’s website. Division Chair Michael Stowe of Advanced Energy remarks, “This new Induction Division will focus on induction technology and its technical applications. We have had two division meetings thus far with the participation of active induction OEM’s and electrical utilities. Along with the 2016 Induction Seminar, there will be regular division meetings at IHEA Annual Meeting from April 20 – 23 in Colorado Springs and later this year at IHEA’s Fall Business Conference.