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FurnXpert team has dedicated over fifteen years in developing the products, forming important relationships with customers, and furnace suppliers and using it in real-world applications. We have a common vision and clearly defined responsibilities that span all the critical functions within the company. Articles on Company Startup


Key Personnel:

Hill Nandi: Mr. Nandi has 30+ years of experience in Engineering Analysis, Process Simulation, Plant Automation, and IT in manufacturing. During this time he has designed, built, and installed several Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems for thermal process industries, including development and implementation of model-based computer control systems for Industrial Furnaces. His wide range of experience started with Field Service Engineer at Surface Combustion. Later he worked as Thermal Application Engineer at Salem Furnace, Senior Process Engineer at Davy-Dravo, Controls/Automation Manager at Tippins and Consulting Engineer at Bricmont.

In 1993 he formed Comp Analysis, a consulting firm, a predecessor to FurnXpert, developing simulation software and plant automation systems for fortune 500 companies. He wrote the initial business plan for FurnXpert as part of the entrepreneurship program at Carnegie Mellon University's Graduate Business School. CMU named Mr. Nandi Manufacturing Entrepreneur for his work. In 1998 he formed FurnXpert, to implement the award-winning plan.

Besides an MBA, Mr. Nandi holds MS degree in Computational Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer from University of Miami and BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Pennsylvania. As a member of ASME, ASM, he regularly contributes articles on Heat Treating and Process Control in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Heating, Powder Metallurgy and Heat Treating journals.


Nand Kumar Rai: Mr. Rai, has 40 + years of working experience in the field of Projects, Design, Sales, and Overall Business Management. His area of expertise have been Batch and Continuous type Reheating Furnaces, Heat Treatment Furnaces, Aluminum Melting and Heat Treatment Furnaces, Ovens, Industrial gas plants and Allied Equipment. As an Executive Director at Wesman Engineering Company P Ltd, a largest Furnace company in India, where he worked for 30 years, he was in charge of Proposal, Design, Contracts execution and Commissioning of New Furnaces and upgradation/modernisation of old furnaces.

Before that he had worked at Industrial Gases Ltd. for 10 years and Tata Motors for 3 years. Mr.Rai was also the past Chairman of Committee of Industrial Furnaces an affiliate of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), an organization to implement Standards for various Furnaces, Ovens, Hot Air Generators and Allied Heating equipment. Mr. Rai is a graduate Mechanical Engineer from Birla Institute of Technology.y P Ltd, a largest Furnace company in India, where he worked for 30 years, he was in charge of Proposal, Design, Contracts execution and Commissioning of New Furnaces and upgradation/modernisation of old furnaces .


Sutapa Datta: Ms. Datta has 25 years of experience in Engineering and IT. For the first eight years after her graduation she worked for Dastur International a world renowned consulting engineering firm in India. There in their thermal division she worked on projects related to heat treating and reheating processes. In that capacity she was directly involved in sizing of reheat and heat treating furnaces, design of furnaces for foundry and forge shops, and simulation of continuous annealing lines. As a thermal engineer her other responsibilities included selecting combustion systems and specifying refractory materials.

After a successful carrier in engineering she moved to IT, where she has been working for 11years on IT Enabled Services related to software development. Her primary involvement is in System Development for MIS (Management Information services) and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) using VB and Java to develop User Interface with Oracle database on the back end. She is also involved in developing User Interface for Engineering Applications. She has a Bachelors of Engineering Degree in Chemical Engineering from Jadavpur University, India and Diploma in Computer Engineering from NIIT.


Roger Schreiber: Mr. Schreiber has 37 years of business experience, including 10years in corporate finance and strategy. He comes to FurnXpert from a global industrial manufacturer, where he was responsible for strategic and financial planning, mergers & acquisitions and a wide range of special projects. His prior experience includes analyzing international investments for a leading technology firm, and managing complex power projects. Mr. Schreiber holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Pittsburgh. At FurnXpert he is responsible for Administration and Finance.


Pankaj Gupta: Mr Gupta has 15 years of hands on experience in designing and developing SCADA software and Control System Applications for several product-lines. He started his carrier as a Production Engineer in a Power Transformer Manufacturing Firm in India and later moved to Information Technologies. His prior experience includes working in the area of Heat Treating Systems, Automobile Assembly Automation and various Networking Technologies. In the past he worked with companies like IBM and Stanley works. He holds Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering and is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer.

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