ECM USA adds Banish for crystal growth market

Gordon Banish

ECM USA hired Gordon Banish as technical sales engineer for the North, Central, and South American thermal process markets. Banish joins ECM USA with a background in various induction/resistive equipment systems and heat-treat applications, such as large ferrous and non-ferrous alloy melting equipment up to 20mw power. Working primarily as a national/global sales manager in crystal growth furnaces (including PV/solar) with various global companies for 20 years, including Cyberstar since 2004, Banish’s experience also expands into the automotive industry with automation systems for custom-designed tooling with induction and heat-transfer applications. He is a graduate of Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan) with a degree in electrical engineering.

Banish will primarily be working with ECM’s Cyberstar division. Cyberstar is a manufacturer of furnaces for crystal growth equipment (Czochralski, Bridgman, floating zone, liquid phase epitaxy, and mirror furnaces — infrared or laser heating—, photovoltaics (PV) Si furnaces, sapphire crystal furnaces, gamma, and X-ray detectors. Their crystal growth furnaces are known for reliability and performance in many R&D laboratories and industrial companies in the medical, laser, LED and medical imagery fields. Additional responsibilities will be for VPA (Vapor Phase Aluminization), VIM (Vacuum Induction Melting), and other vacuum processing equipment sold under the ECM Group name.

ECM Technologies is a low-pressure vacuum furnace manufacturer with headquarters in Grenoble, France, with subsidiaries and ventures around the world, including ECM USA located in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. With versatile product lines and service capabilities, ECM is a furnace system supplier for heat treatment processes ranging from rapid thermal processing (RTP) to low pressure vacuum carburizing (LPC).