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Expert in Blow Molding, Product Development, Training, Bottles, Plastic Containers, PET Preforms

Expert ID: 107683 Canada

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Expert has worked for three blow molding machine manufacturers and gained a solid understanding of the blow molding industry. In his capacity as consultant, Expert is being called upon to trouble-shoot machine and process problems. He advises clients on optimized operating procedures. He maintains a website, where he publishes material on industry relevant issues and answers questions from all over the world.

Expert learned the extrusion blow molding process from the ground up in the technical service department. He has installed dozens of machines and developed many products both in the factory and in the field. He acquired the commercial knowledge of the trade when working for a manufacturer's agent. Today he advises clients in all aspects of extrusion blow molding. He holds training seminars. Expert also designs fixtures for existing blow molding machines to minimize plastic scrap and increase pack-out rates. One of these is a neck flash cooling plate that can be fitted on 'blow-and-drop' blow machines to prevent the neck flash from sticking to the bottles on the conveyor belt. He has ovalized many dies to produce difficult bottles; for example, a 1-liter motor oil bottle with the neck on one side where the die was ovalized in six places.

Expert worked for a manufacturer of single-stage injection stretch blow molding machines and has sold and installed various types. He is familiar with both 3-station and 4-station machines from Magic, SIPA, Nissei ASB and Aoki. He starts up new molds on all of these machines. He does cost calculations and advises clients in the conversion process from other materials to polyethylene terephthalate (PET). He also has experience with infant bottles in oriented polypropylene (OPP), where he successfully started up molds.

Expert worked on the development of the integrated two-stage stretch blow molding machine (ITS) at Husky Injection Molding Systems. He studied the reheat oven system extensively and his work resulted in the successful production of the ITS3 oven system. He has extensive knowledge of the properties of PET and its application to the process. He has worked in product development for various bottles on the ITS system and re-designed some of the controls to better suit the process.

Expert has extensive product development experience in both extrusion blow molding and injection stretch blow molding. He has successfully started molds for household products, motor oil containers, and various types of bottles. He gives advice on preform design for processors and a mold maker. He often helps clients to overcome problems with difficult necks.

Expert performs training seminars in extrusion blow molding, stretch blow molding, and injection molding of preforms both in-house and on-line. He has trained operators and engineers in dozens of small and large companies all over the world.

Expert has considerable experience as expert witness. He has testified at trials and arbitration and in a number of depositions. He has worked for both plaintiffs and defendants.

Expert has written 4 books that cover all aspects of injection and stretch blow molding and one book on extrusion blow molding.

Expert has laid out and started up entire plants and new molds for clients in single-stage and two-stage injection stretch blow molding and extrusion blow molding for plastic bottles. He advises clients in productivity improvements and scrap reduction.He works for both established companies and inventors to study the feasibility of new products. He does detailed cost calculations and works with mold makers and equipment suppliers to determine total cost of manufacturing procedures. Expert has assisted in developing numerous blow-molded parts and plastic bottles, both in design and mold start-up.He has solved problems in customer plants relating to stress cracking and other plastic-related issues for PET, HDPE, and PVC plastic bottles. Expert has trained plant floor and office personnel in blow molding process control, machinery set-up, and good manufacturing practices for plastic bottles. He also runs on-line courses over the Internet.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1991 Degree: Certificate Subject: Digital Electronics Institution: Humber College-Toronto, Canada
Year: 1986 Degree: Diploma Subject: Degree in Mechanical Engineering Institution: Staatliche Technikerschule-Berlin, Germany
Year: 1978 Degree: Diploma Subject: Tool and Die Maker Institution: Berufsschule Berlin Germany

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1997 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Independent Consultant, Owner Department: Plastic Injection Molding Responsibilities: Training, plant layout, process engineering, troubleshooting, design of preforms and bottles, book author
Years: 1991 to 1997 Employer: Magic North America Title: Vice President Department: Operations Responsibilities: Started out to organize service, later ran the company and was involved in
- sales of blow molding machinery
- supervision of all personnel
marketing and public relations
- container design developments
- machine developments
- customer relations
Years: 1988 to 1991 Employer: Husky Injection Molding Systems Title: Process Engineer Department: Injection Molding Responsibilities: Mostly involved in the development of the Integrated Two Stage Stretch Blow Molding program (ITS) with respect to machine, product development and container design
* Gained strong knowledge of all aspects of process engineering
Years: 1986 to 1987 Employer: Rober Industrieroboter GmbH Title: Project Manager/Designer Department: Production Responsibilities: Designed packaging robots
* Led a design team for various industrial packaging robot applications
Years: 1979 to 1983 Employer: Bekum Maschinenfabriken GmbH Title: Service Engineer Department: Service Department Responsibilities: Started up and troubleshooted extrusion blow machines
Years: 1976 to 1979 Employer: Hugo Reinz GmbH Title: Tool and Die Maker Apprenticeship Department: Tool & Die Responsibilities: Finished as tool and die maker

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2004 to 2004 Agency: Attorney General Of Washington Role: Expert Witness Description: He provided expertise in refuting a claim brought against the State of Washington

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1993 to 1997 Country / Region: Mexico Summary: Expert sold machines and worked on plant installations in Mexico.
Years: 1992 to 1997 Country / Region: People's Republic of China Summary: He sold machines and worked on plant installations in China.
Years: 1991 to 1997 Country / Region: Italy Summary: Expert worked closely with the Italian supplier of blow molding machines when he was with the North American agent of these machines.
Years: 1974 to 1987 Country / Region: Germany Summary: He grew up in Germany and worked for the world's largest manufacturer of extrusion blow molding machines.
Years: 2000 to 2000 Country / Region: Argentina Summary: Expert worked for major suppliers of preforms and bottles in the soft drink industry.
Years: 2017 to 2018 Country / Region: China Summary: Advising Chinese mold maker of preform molds
Years: 2000 to 2018 Country / Region: Worldwide Summary: Advising clients in stretch and extrusion blow molding

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
The consultant is a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers, the Standards & Certification Committee of the Canadian Sector Plastics Council and Mensa Canada
Publications and Patents Summary
The consultant has five books, 40 publications in trade magazines, and two patents.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert witness at trial and arbitration, several depositions, and a number of expert reports.
Training / Seminars
Expert developed several training programs for extrusion and stretch blow molding clients in the area of wall thickness controllers, proportional hydraulics, and machine and mold setup. He is also teaching at the Canadian Plastics Training Centre on a part-time basis.
He also gives on-line seminars.
Vendor Selection
Expert has experience locating vendors of blow molding machines.
Marketing Experience
Expert worked for the North American agent of Magic mp, Italy, and sold machines in North America, Mexico, and the People's Republic of China. He created press releases and marketing brochures, quoted the equipment, including complete plants and supervised many installations.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert learned process engineering from the ground up and has become an excellent trouble-shooter for machines and processes.

In an area of secondary expertise, Expert has gained knowledge of software designed to analyze the forming of the plastic parison inside the mold. He is working closely with the makers of the software package to fine-tune the performance of the models. He has done verifications that compare simulated with experimental results with good success. Modifications to the software are being implemented and in the near future, and Expert will offer simulation services to the industry.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
German Expert is fluent in German as he was born in Germany and lived there until 1987.
French Expert can speak, read, and write French. He learned French in school and has practiced it in France, Algeria, and Quebec.
Spanish In the process of acquiring more skills in this language

Fields of Expertise

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