Chardon, OH (PRWEB) February 29, 2012
EGC Enterprises, a manufacturer of “severe service” composite products and materials for fluid sealing and thermal systems applications, has appointed Mike Bartos as Q-Foil Product Development Manager, an engineering position with responsibilities for design, development and testing of thin-film heaters and systems.
The goal of Bartos is to expand the thermal side of the business to be equal in income to fluid sealing. “This half of the company has real potential to grow and I’d like to be a big part of that,” said Bartos. When asked if heaters could outperform fluid sealing, his response was “the technology is there.”
Bartos’ previous work experience ranges from research at Data Products to years spent with the Red Tail Hawk Corporation where he developed a “controller” for deicing airplane wings. “The project was a NASA contract and that’s how I came to meet the President of EGC,” said Bartos.
“Since I met Mike, I’ve know him as a researcher, a scientist and an engineer and I’m confident that he can take our thin-film heaters to a whole new level of integrity, innovation and quality,” said Robert Rutherford, President of EGC Enterprises.
“Right now, I’m working on a heat-sealing project that focuses on produce packaging, you know, when the produce guy puts broccoli in a foam tray and wraps it with plastic, ” said Bartos. “It’s for a chain of grocery stores, and replacing their always-on packaging with the instant-on technology of Q-Foil, they can save them $2 million in electricity… a year. That’s pretty impressive.”
Q-Foil, thin film heaters start with a thermally conductive inner layer of Thermafoil® flexible graphite sandwiched between a variety of conductive or insulating materials that are bonded together. Graphite provides electrical conductivity. The wattage required for producing a rapid rise from ambient to process temperatures is far less than conventional wire and etched metal products.
Formerly from Ithaca, New York, Bartos has an Associates Degree in Electrical Engineering from Harbor State Technical College. He lives with his wife, a dog and a cat, in Chardon, Ohio.