Bühler Aeroglide, a global leader in thermal process engineering and technology for food, feed, and industrial materials, has announced a new vice president of process engineering. Tom Barber has been appointed to assist Bühler Aeroglide’s customers with product development and maximizing their thermal processes.
As vice president of process engineering, Barber will work with customers worldwide to help them develop new products, design the most efficient thermal processes, and maximize existing thermal processes through system evaluations and staff training courses. With more than 19 years of experience with Bühler Aeroglide, Barber is known for his ability to apply scientific principles of thermal processing to system design, resulting in the most efficient customer solutions. Barber brings a unique perspective to this position having worked in a variety of operations, process engineering, marketing, and sales management roles.
“Bühler has the world’s leading team of engineers that excel in the development, evaluation and optimization of drying processes for a wide variety of product specifications,” said Bühler Aeroglide president and CEO Hans-Joerg Ill. “Tom and his team will bring considerable experience and expertise that helps improve the efficiency and productivity of customer operations.”
In 1995, Barber was hired as a Bühler market manager to build the company’s grain, pet food, and aquaculture feed business. Next, he was appointed regional director to serve market needs for the America’s markets. He later assumed the role of global vice president of sales for Bühler’s Pasta and Extruded Products business unit in Switzerland before returning to Bühler Aeroglide as vice president of global procurement. Prior to joining Aeroglide, Barber served as both marketing and product manager for the food division of BOC Gases in Murray Hill, NJ, where he was responsible for marketing and business development for cryogenic freezing, chilling, and gas packaging systems for the food industry. Barber has published over 25 articles and textbook chapters on thermal processing for food, feed and industrial products, and has two U.S. patents and one European patent.
“Bühler’s processing expertise offers a tremendous value to food, feed and industrial drying applications,” said Barber. “I’m excited about being able to work with our global team of engineers to enhance customer operations. Our engineers are present throughout the system lifecycle, providing world-class support, not only making sure our new systems are the most efficient, but also finding ways to make sure existing systems are providing the most value possible for our customers.”
Bühler Aeroglide manufactures dryers, ovens, roasters, toasters, and hot air expansion systems for the food, feed, and industrial product markets. Since 1940, the company has been providing innovations for a better world in the form of high-quality thermal processing equipment. As a business unit of Bühler, Aeroglide is headquartered in Cary, NC, and provides sales and service for its industry-leading equipment in more than 140 countries around the world.
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