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Expert in Ceramics Industry

Expert ID: 718038 Pennsylvania, USA

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Expert has over 49 years of experience in the ceramic whitewares industry, covering dinnerware, wall and floor tile, and sanitary ware. While with The Pfaltzgraff Company, he held company wide responsibility for the functions of ceramic engineering, decorating development, industrial engineering, CAD/CAM technology, process control, and quality assurance. His work encompassed several major expansion projects for new facilities; cost saving programs; introduction of new manufacturing technology and products; development of bone china product and manufacturing facility; and involvement in FDA and environmental regulatory issues.

In 1991, Expert established an international ceramic whitewares consulting firm. He assists in establishing cost effective engineering approaches to solving ceramic problems in manufacturing; development of products and processes, as well as improved ceramic formulations; cost reduction; productivity and quality improvement; equipment specifications; state-of-the-art manufacturing technology; facility expansion programs; and the import and marketing of quality ceramic dinnerware and giftware products. He developed special bodies (compositions) for bake and cookware, as well as high strength, durable institutional ware.

Expert was involved in development work related to the introduction of dry press technology, spray drying, in line decorating-drying-glazing, and semi fast firing of products (tunnel kilns). The process resulted in a labor requirement of one-third of the conventional forming and processing system. Expert expanded and developed the dry press technology for non-symmetric products, such as airline trays, platters, and bakeware items.

Expert worked on the development of lead free glaze and color systems for china products, bone china, and stoneware. He implemented new decorating systems for underglaze/overglaze decal application; underglaze/inglaze decal technology; and direct application and banding.



Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1981 Degree: M.S. Subject: Ceramics Institution: Technical College of Nuernberg, Germany
Year: 1954 Degree: B.S. Subject: Ceramics Institution: Johann F. Boetger Institute College of Ceramics, Germany

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1991 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department:
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Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1982 to 1990 Employer: The Pfaltzgraff Co. Title: Vice President Department: Engineering
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Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1967 to 1982 Employer: Shenango China Co. Title: Director Department: Quality & Ceramic Engineering
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Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1954 to 1967 Employer: The Mosaic Tile Co. Title: Ceramic Engineer Department: Corporate R & D
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International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: to Present Country / Region: Summary: Expert has developed and maintained strong relationships with the European ceramic communities, especially manufacturers and suppliers to the industry. He has consulted on porcelain manufacturing in Ukraine and developed markets for products in western countries.He also consulted in Mexico for ceramic dinnerware operations.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a member of the German Ceramic Society and the American Ceramic Society. He has been a member of the ASTM subcommittees C21.04 Whiteware Clays and C21.03 Fundamental Properties, as well as the American Association of Ceramic Industry Board of Directors.
Awards / Recognition
The American Ceramic Society awarded Expert with the Title of "Fellow of the Society" in Recognition of Notable Contributions to the Ceramic Arts and Sciences, April 26, 1994.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
German Expert is fluent in German.

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