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Expert in Coloring, Formulating and Compounding Thermoplastics for all Processes, Rotomolding expert, materials specializing in stabilization of long life outdoor products

Expert ID: 724965 Florida, USA

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He has worked in or supplied the rotational molding industry since 1969. He designs and sells CNC machined research test molds to the roto industry. He has developed technology to dry color rotomolded parts without reducing the physicals and to color XLHDPE without interfering with the crosslinking or allowing the peroxide to interfere with the pigments or additives.

He has designed several compounding and rotational molding plants. He has owned a color manufacturing plant, a compounding plant and two pulverizing plants. For his plants he designed the mixers, the high speed multivented extruders, extruder mixing screws, classifiers and pulverizers.

He has helped develop new rotationally molded products for clients, bringing them to market successfully. He has two patents related to granite colorants and metalflake colorants for rotomolded parts.

He has 24 years experience manufacturing thermoplastic colorants including Concentrate (Masterbatch), Dry Color, Liquid Color, Paste Dispersions and Precolor (Compounded Resins). These products colored almost all commercially available resins, but his companies specialized in polyethylene, polypropylene, ABS, Nylon, Acrylic, Polycarbonate, Silicone and Styrenics. He specialized in Flow promoters, In Process Antistats, Fragrances and Blowing agents in liquid and powder form. His customers were rotational molders, injection molders, sheet, profile and film extruders.

He specialized in color and additives for extruded monofilament and slit film used in the rope industry. He developed a defibulator additive for slit film rope, improving the tensile and elongation and eliminating the rough surface of the rope. His colorant company specialized in high temperature colorants and stabilization systems to improve weatherability and heat stability of polymers. UV stabilization of all resins, including polyolefins, and pigments and dyes were continually tested using QUV and Zenon Arc equipment. Antioxidants and Ultraviolet absorbers were continually tested to reduce polymer degradation and improve the quality of the additive concentrates and compounds.

He is an accomplished Color matcher and developer of thermoplastic compounds. He has trained dozens of Color matchers and Quality Control technicians. He currently sells and specifies QC equipment and trains his customers in the use of the equipment. He has started (Greenfield) two plants and managed five Colorant and Compounding plants.

He started his career in Plastics Product Development in the Research Center of one of the major rubber companies. He gained experience in thermoforming, reverse roll coating, flocking and casting urethane foam. He became efficient in the use of very advanced testing equipment.

He then became a plant chemist in a thermoset rubber profile extrusion and compression molding plant, where he converted all of the products into thermoplastic polymers. Some products he converted to thermoplastic rubber, EVA and some to PVC (vinyl). The company also had an injection molding division that injection molded the thermoplastic parts that were previously compression molded thermosets.

He then became a vinyl chemist at a rotational molder manufacturing balls, boat fenders, toys, automotive mechanical rubber products and rubber balls. He developed all the vinyl (plastisol) compounds. He invented and developed the vinyl ABA red white and blue basket ball. He was in charge of technicians, testing all molded products and quality control of incoming materials and compounds.

He has helped bring new products to market, from design to production. The most recent product required development of new advanced molding techniques to manufacture a successful product. He has designed and built three state of the art production molding and extrusion facilities, creating three of the most highly automated plants of their kind in the industry.He has designed high speed extruders and screws creating the fastest, most efficient production compounding extruders in the world at that time. They have effectively operated at up to 5 times the speed of standard commonly used extruders in the industry. Not only is the throughput much greater, but the quality is greatly improved. He has designed and built pulverizers that reduce plastic pellets to 35 mesh powder used in the rotational molding industry. These pulverizers are still the industry standard and used internationally. As a consultant, a large part of his work has been in improving plant efficiency and reducing scrap. Usually during the plant visit, to reduce scrap, he puts on a workshop to teach fundamentals of the process to the employees. The workshops are designed for machine operators and management.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Miami, Florida - Orlando, Florida - Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Hollywood, Florida - Port Saint Lucie, Florida - Miami Beach, Florida - West Palm Beach, Florida - Tampa, Florida - Palm City, Florida

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1977 Degree: BS a few hours short Subject: Plastics and Chemical Engineering Institution: Univ. of Akron and College of Dupage

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1995 to 2019 Employer: Self Employed Title: Owner-President Department: Plastics Consulting Responsibilities: Consulting and sales of plastics and rubber quality control equipment
Years: 1977 to 1995 Employer: Accurate Color Title: Owner and President Department: Research Responsibilities: President, General Management, Sales, Research Director
Years: 1988 to 1995 Employer: Accurate Compounding Title: Owner and President Department: Accurate Compounding Responsibilities: General Management, Sales, Plant Engineer

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1982 to 2018 Country / Region: Thailand, Trinidad, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Germany, Austria, England, Shanghai China, Canada, Italy, Columbia South America Summary: He has consulted, lectured and put on workshops. He has provided products and services to companies in over 30 countries.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Association of Rotational Molders (ARM) 1981 to 2018
Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) 1969 to 2018
Rotomolding Division of SPE 1999 to 2018
Awards / Recognition
The Rotational Molding Hall of Fame 31st member elected
Fellow of the Society - SPE Elected
Distinguished Service Award - ARM Awarded
Publications and Patents Summary
The ABC's of Rotationally Molding Molding PVC
The ABC's of Rotationally Molding Nylon
The ABC's of Rotationally Molding Polycarbonate
The ABC's of Welding Rotationally Molded Parts
The ABC's of using Color in Rotationally Molded Products

Patents:
Universal Master Batch and two for Specialty Coloring of Rotationally Molded products

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has been an expert witness three times. The cases were quickly dismissed due to his expertise. None went to trial.
Training / Seminars
He developed an interactive workshop on the Fundamentals of Powder Quality for the Rotational Molding Industry. He presented it for the first time in Shanghai, PRC.
He has presented 5 workshops and over 40 technical presentations world wide. He has written about 20 TECHNICAL BULLETINS for testing, quality control and plastics processing.
Vendor Selection
He is very well known in the plastics industry. He easily locates and qualifies raw materials, molds and equipment suppliers. He writes practical purchasing and manufacturing specifications for materials, molds and equipment.
Marketing Experience
He has worked in the plastics industry since 1964. He has been a senior Member of the Society of Plastics Engineers since 1969. He has been a member of the Association of Rotational Molders since 1981. He worked his way up laboratories and production in industry while attending college in night school for 13 years. This hands on experience, as he worked his way up, has provided many years of valuable hands on experience while attaining his formal education. He has been a quality supplier to many major international corporations including Rubbermaid, Dupont of Canada, Union Carbide, Exxon Mobil, A.Schulman, GE Silicones, Borg Warner, Paxon, Equistar and Phillips Chemical.
Other Relevant Experience
He has vast experience in International sales. He has sold products and performed services into 28 countries around the world. He is knowledgeable in physical testing of plastics and ASTM stds. and therefore can specify the proper plastic and process for a product. He is usually available on short notice.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Spanish He reads general content.
German He reads general content.

Fields of Expertise

extrusion, plastic stability, plastics plant design, plastics quality control, polyvinyl chloride compounding, polyvinyl chloride degradation, polyvinyl chloride plastisol, polyvinyl chloride stabilization, rigid polyvinyl chloride, rotational molding, vinyl compound, additive color mixing, ceramic pigment, color formulation, color matching, color metamerism, color quality control, color stability, inorganic pigment, organic pigment, phthalocyanine, pigment dispersing, pigment durability, pigment manufacturing quality control, pigment technology, plastic color concentrate, plastic coloring process, plastic dye, plastic masterbatch, ultraviolet plastic degradation, plastic molding, plastic product development, plastisol, polyolefin resin, polyolefin stability, rotational molding tooling, thermoplastic extrusion, thermoplastics compounding, polyvinyl chloride industry, polyvinyl chloride formulating, polyvinyl chloride quality control, commercialization, tooling, high visibility color, polymer processing, new consumer product development, polystyrene extrusion, polyvinyl chloride extrusion, inspector training, dry color, vinyl resin, dye selection, nylon extrusion, mold maker, color shift, ultraviolet absorber, amorphous plastic, polymer powder, light-stable thermoplastic material, polyvinyl chloride stabilizer, ethylene-vinyl acetate extrusion, injection molded plastic, color management, extruded plastic, amorphous polymer, aluminum mold, quality evaluation, polymer degradation, food pigment, plastic drying, color perception test equipment, polypropylene extrusion, color selection, slush molding, granular plastic, masterbatch, elastomer compounding, injection compression molding, polymer grinding, polyethylene extrusion, plastic resin, color blindness, polymer pelletizing, polypropylene heat stabilization, polypropylene ultraviolet light stabilization, polymer technology, vinyl acetate based polymer, color specification, industrial color quality control, in-mold decorating, polymer stabilizer, pilot plant scale-up, product development cycle time, double-flighted extrusion screw, multiple-flighted extrusion screw, metering extrusion screw, quality standard, colorimeter, plastic product, color measurement, color difference measurement, material product development, color, new product development, plastic material, color technology, plastic profile extrusion, lake (dye), styrene, powder, polymer crosslinking, total quality control, extrusion screw, quality control, polyvinyl chloride, polymer, polymer extrusion, polymer compounding, plastic injection molding, plant layout, pigment, lithopone, liquid mixing, engineering thermoplastic, dye, color standard

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