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Expert in Flexible Packaging

Expert ID: 733626 Florida, USA

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Expert's key expertise resides in applying his understanding of the molecular structure of polymers to design structures to cost effectively satisfy engineering requirements. He is a specialist in polyethylene and its copolymers and has a superior understanding of Nylon and a good working knowledge of polyester and PP.
Expert's expertise extends to:
i. Films for industrial, food, agriculture, and general packaging applications as well as specialties, including extended term service life films.
iii. Molecular determinants of creep and crack (ESC, Flex and SCG) failures and its prevention.
iv. Molecular determinants of elastic/flexural rigidity, impact and puncture strength as well as those for sealability and barriers.
v. Composite/multilayer film structures (barrier and not).

Expert specializes in new film development and on improving by reformulating the performance of existing products. He is adept at using tolls like QFD, DFM and TQM to deliver workable solutions. His main focus is in identifying fitness for use requirements, anticipating probable failure modes and taking into account manufacturing conditions to deliver an optimal solution.
He is also quite skilled at specification development and applying following suitable testing methods to evaluate compliance and/or to reverse engineer existing products. Expert compliments his offering with a extensive experience in product performance troubleshooting and analyzing the root causes of substandard performance and failures.

A significant number of Expert's expert engagements are related to improving manufacturing operations of small/mid-small film producers/converters/manufacturers. The most common assignments involve:

i. Rationalization of product recipes for cost/performance optimization by improving machine uptime (reducing changeovers which optimizes runtime and minimizes labor, machine and material waste)
ii. Analysis of production costs and design of manufacturing cost estimating systems and the establishment of performance standards.

Expert's expert knowledge and effective communication skills allow him to act as an expert witness in film related performance issues both in English and/or Spanish.
He is also qualified to perform technical and operational audits in particular those related to technical and operational due diligence proper of M&A activity of flexible packaging and film businesses and/or those related to the evaluation/assessment/installation of new film plant and equipment.

1. Design a structure to provide under weather conditions (outdoors in a 150 Kly.yr zone), constant hydrostatic loads and frequent chemical washes a service life of 6 years. Find, select and qualify vendors.
2. Design a film structure to meet requirements in the Agricultural, Industrial, field
3. Improve machine ( or plant output).
4. Investigate a film performance issue
5. Find and develop structures to run on existing equipment. Typical case: client buys a coextrusion line and needs to find higher value uses for his line.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2006 Degree: MA&FM- Masters Subject: Accounting and Financial Management Institution: DeVry University – US
Year: 1976 Degree: MBA Subject: Operations Management Institution: University of Windsor (Canada)
Year: 1974 Degree: Bachelor of Science Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of Windsor (Canada)

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2002 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Speaker Department: Responsibilities: Consultant and Speaker at technical conferences on Blown Film and Converting operations Latin Pack over 12 seminars and conferences.
Years: 1990 to 1998 Employer: Ellehammer Industries, Inc. Title: V.P Manufacturing and Technology Department: Responsibilities: Blown film extrusion and converting, USA and Canada plants
Years: 1998 to 2001 Employer: Sun Chemical, Inc. Title: General Manager- Southern Cone of So. America (Brazil, Argentina, Chile) Department: Responsibilities: Ink systems for flexible packaging film converters.
Years: 1988 to 1990 Employer: Lecofilms and Polyhouse, Inc Title: Plant & Technical Manager Department: Responsibilities: Blown film extrusion and converting, Toronto Canada
Years: 1978 to 1988 Employer: Plastimag Title: Plant and Technology Manager Department: Responsibilities: Blown film extrusion and converting

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1976 to 1987 Country / Region: Colombia Summary: Banking, plant and technical manager film extrusion plant. Ag and liquid packaging.
Years: 1976 to 1987 Country / Region: Canada Summary: Plant and technical manager of film and flexible packaging
Years: 1998 to 2001 Country / Region: Brasil, Argentina and Chile Summary: Plant and Operations Management, Acquisitions
Years: 1990 to 1998 Country / Region: USA and Canada Summary: Plant and technical manager of film and flexible packaging manufacturer. Plants in the US(WA) and Canada (BC)

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
(1994): 1) Issue: Ink adhesion problem and moisture transmission. Presented technical and business argument to opposing attorney. No further action
(1990): Issue: Premature failure of Agricultural film. Investigated the complaint accepted client's claim.
(Chile 2002); Issue: delayed adhesion failure in coextruded structure. Hired as expert. Found 15X slip and PPA concentration in retained sample of resin. Report issued
(2004): Plan to set up a printing operation; evaluate the claim for the likelihood that a new flexo-printing printing machine could fully replace the output of 3 old machines; prepare an expert document for a delayed coextrusion delamination.
Santa Marta, Colombia: Issue: Excessive seal leakers in automatic packaging of milk pouches. Claim against resin manufacturer for low melt strength and wrong MI resin.
Sigdopack- (Chile 2003): Prepared and conducted a 1 day seminar to support the introduction to packaging convertors of their first new BOPA line
Vendor Selection
Have conducted 4 or 5 vendor audits with the objective of qualifying and ranking
Marketing Experience
1. Product needs analysis and design. Product positioning.
2. Cost analysis to support pricing decision.
3. Experienced in preparing technical promotional literature for client: Specification sheets and Tech Notes
4. Technical presentations to promote/support a new or existing product. Prepared and conducted a 1 day seminar to support the introduction to packaging convertors of their first new BOPA line. Prepared tech presentations for MAP in its early stages ( 1996-97).

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Perfectly Fluent. Spoken and written
Spanish Perfectly Fluent. Spoken and written.
Portuguese Enough to understand and be understood. Cannot write

Fields of Expertise

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