Phil Hilger

Phil Hilger has over 20 years of heat treating and heat treat equipment design/rebuild experience.  Phil began his career in 1997 working at Guardian Industries as an engineer on the glass annealing and forming furnaces.  In 2000, Phil began working for Al-Fe Systems as an engineer; designing, building and refurbishing heat treat furnaces. Phil advanced to Lead Mechanical Engineer at Al-Fe Systems. This included managing the design and project management group.  In 2008 Al-Fe Systems was closed and Al-Fe Corporate decided to focus the operations on heat treating. As a result Phil was moved to Al-Fe Corporate Group with responsibility for the Engineering, Safety, and Environmental departments.  In 2013 Phil began a role as Senior Project Engineer for Superior Essex.  In this role, Phil was responsible for new design and installation, and upgrades to existing wire enameling ovens and ancillary equipment for the global company. In 2016 Phil returned to Al-Fe Heat Treating as the Engineering Manager.  Premier Thermal purchased Al-Fe in 2018 and Phil was retained as the Engineering and Purchasing Manager.  Phil has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University, a Six-Sigma Green Belt from Cuyahoga Community College, a Leadership Certificate from Notre Dame and has also completed the Project Management training courses from PMI.

Construction/Heavy Equipment

Construction/Heavy Equipment

End Users Include

  • Caterpillar
  • John Deere
  • Timken

Typical Applications

  • Bulldozers
  • Cranes
  • Excavators
  • Mixers
  • Graders
  • Trenchers
  • Loaders
Material Handling

Material Handling

Typical Applications

  • Automated Guided Vehicles
  • Conveyors
  • Cranes
  • Forklifts
  • Hydraulic Lifts

Medical Equipment

End Users Include

  • GE
  • Stryker

Typical Applications

  • Dentistry
  • Medical furniture
  • Surgical equipment
Wire Rope

Wire Rope

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Heavy Truck

Heavy Truck (Class 8)

End Users Include

  • Meritor
  • Volvo

Typical Applications

  • Brake Systems
  • Exhaust Systems
  • Hitch
  • Powertrain Systems
  • Steering Systems
Defense

Military/Defense

End Users Include

  • Bell
  • Boeing
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Sikorsky

Typical Applications

  • Firearms
  • Missile Systems
  • Aircraft Components
  • Avionics
  • Naval Systems
  • Ground Support Vehicles
  • Space
  • Manned Aerial Vehicle
  • Armament Systems
  • All Terrain Vehicles

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Railway

Railway

Typical Applications

  • Brake Systems
  • Engine Systems
  • Hitch Systems
  • Ramp Systems
  • Turbo Systems
Recreational Equipment

Recreational Equipment

Typical Applications

  • Engine Systems
  • Cylinder Rods
  • Suspension Systems
  • Transmission Systems
Mobile equipment

Mobile Equipment

End Users Include

  • Caterpillar
  • BOSS

Typical Applications

  • Graders
  • Haulers
  • Refuse Trucks
  • Salt Trucks
  • Snow Plows
Energy

Energy

End Users Include

  • FMC
  • GE

Typical Applications

  • Fracking
  • Gas and Oil
  • Seismic Imagining
  • Solar
  • Wind Turbine
Agriculture

Agriculture

End Users Include

  • CAT
  • John Deere

Typical Applications

  • Drill Equipment
  • Harvesters
  • Hay & Forage Equipment
  • Irrigation & Crop Processing Equipment
  • Planting Equipment
  • Spraying Equipment
  • Tractors

Marine

End Users Include

  • Mercury Marine
  • Seakeeper

Typical Applications

  • Anchor Systems
  • Engine Systems
  • Cylinder Rods
  • Propeller Systems
Aerospace

Aerospace

End Users Include

  • Bell Helicopter
  • Boeing
  • Honeywell
  • Rolls-Royce
  • SpaceX
  • UTC Aerospace Systems

Typical Applications

  • Aircraft Body
  • Brake Systems
  • Electrical Systems
  • Engine Systems
  • Interior Cabin
  • Landing Gear
  • Propulsion Systems

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Auto

Automotive

End Users Include

  • FCA
  • Ford
  • GM
  • Honda
  • Tesla
  • Toyota

Typical Applications

  • Brake Systems
  • Exhaust Systems
  • Powertrain Systems
  • Steering Systems