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Expert in Packaging Economics, Supply Chain, Benchmarking, Products, Processes, Market Data, Design, Financial

Expert ID: 717438 Minnesota, USA

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Expert has both a theoretical background and hands-on knowledge of extrusion processes of all types, including coatings, lamination, and film production. He has broad experience with these processes and the corresponding equipment. He has worked on the production floor with the most sophisticated extrusion, coextrusion, and extrusion/coextrusion coating operations. He has worked extensively with resins, including PVDC, EVOH, nylon, and the full range of polyolefin resins (including metallocene).

Expert has experience designing products from virtually every available flexible film, particularly for packaging designs. He also has experience manufacturing most of the individual films or laminates that make up the product design. Expert has knowledge of a wide variety of film and film laminates, including their important advantages and normal uses. Each film or laminate has many properties, such as barriers to moisture, oxygen, and flavor; mechanical properties involving tensile strength, elongation, COF, and machinability; and chemical properties, such as resistance to hydrocarbons or grease. Expert has worked for over 20 years to build his knowledge of films and laminates, each of their characteristics and real world experience on how to apply them to applications. He has worked with biaxially-oriented film, blown film, cast film, and extruded film.


Expert has designed flexible packages from nearly every available flexible substrate. He has integrated the needs of the end user and the packaging producer, both technically and economically. He has worked with market plans, pricing, and in the area of new product development. This includes the market development, although Expert's work typically included the development of a new product, not just the development of a new market for an existing product.

While with Rexam, Expert worked extensively with medical device packaging materials. He is knowledgeable of ISO and GMP programs associated with marketing and manufacturing plastic films for accounts such as Baxter International, Becton Dickinson, and Johnson & Johnson. He managed strategic and technical goals of marketing, product, process, and application teams.


Expert has experience designing packages from a variety of plastic materials. He is familiar with the manufacture of plastic sheet and the use of thermoforming. He has worked extensively with folding cartons, where a lamination of board and plastic film is used.

Expert has experience with polymer processing and the resultant properties of most polymers. He can apply specific polymers for the end use application and take into account the myriad variables involved in processing the polymer into a final product.

With his broad experience in the plastics and flexible packaging industries, Expert can profile most participants and many of their products currently on the market. He knowledge also lends itself to competitive intelligence within the plastics industry.


Expert has worked his entire career closely associated with the new product development process. An extremely important aspect of this process is determining market potential. Expert has become very adept at the entire new product development process through over 20 years working in this field. His work has involved not just developing the market and the product itself, but also the process used to produce the product.


Expert has extensive knowledge of the production and application of shrink films, barrier shrink films, shrink bags, and barrier shrink bags. He has on-the-production-floor experience making these products with the biaxial orientation process. He also has experience marketing shrink wrapped films to end users.


Expert has specified and used a wide variety of polymers for heat seal materials. He has worked with polyethylenes, EVA, EAA, LLDPE, VLDPE, ULDPE, ionomers, metallocenes (including Dow Affinity and Exxon Exact), random copolymer polypropylenes, and metallocene polypropylenes. Applications include high hot tack materials (ionomer, LLDPE, and new metallocene) for vertical form fill sealing applications. EVA and very low-density materials in combination with irradiation for low-temperature shrink bags. Expert has detailed knowledge of peelable heat seal materials for the medical packaging market, where very exact peel characteristics and tamper evidence are required.


Expert has been involved with polyethylene for over 20 years. He has packaging design and processing experience with high-pressure polyethylene, including the subtle variations in the resins made from autoclave and tubular reactors. EVA resins, especially for shrink applications, are well-known to Expert. He worked for Union Carbide when the first low-pressure linear low-density polyethylene resins were introduced. He has worked with very low-density, ultra low-density and metallocene products as they have been developed and introduced into the marketplace. Expert knows the packaging performance characteristics and processing parameters for all of these materials.


Expert has extensive experience and has developed a very sophisticated software and content tool for economic analysis.

Expert has consulted on-site for many companies for market analysis and strategy.

Expert has consulted on-site for many companies for the purpose of product and process development.

Expert has consulted on-site for many companies for the purpose of benchmarking and economic analysis.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1983 Degree: MBA Subject: Marketing Institution: University of Chicago/Lewis University
Year: 1976 Degree: BS Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: University of Illinois

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1996 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1993 to 1996 Employer: Graphic Packaging Corporation Title: Manager Department: Product & Process Development Responsibilities:
Years: 1990 to 1993 Employer: Rexam Medical Packaging Corp . Title: Director of Technology Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1988 to 1990 Employer: Mogensen Associates Title: Consultant Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1985 to 1988 Employer: Bemis Company Title: Manager Department: Printing and Sealing R&D Responsibilities:
Years: 1981 to 1985 Employer: Bemis Company Title: Business Manager Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1976 to 1981 Employer: Bemis Company Title: Extrusion Manager Department: Responsibilities:

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: to Present Country / Region: Europe Summary: Expert has traveled to Europe on many occasions for product and process development.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a member of the Institute of Packaging Professionals and the Packaging Consultants Council.
Licenses / Certifications
Expert is a registered Professional Engineer and Packaging Professional.
Professional Appointments
Expert served as Conference Chairman for Flex Pak Asia, Flex Pak, and Film Pack. He served as the technical advisor to Packaging Strategies Newsletter for five years.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has three awarded patents and other patent applications in process. Expert has approximately 5,000 published pages.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has worked extensively in the capacity of packaging expert witness.
Training / Seminars
Expert has worked extensively on internal process training.
Vendor Selection
Expert has experience locating vendors of Packaging sources and Plastic materials.
Marketing Experience
Expert has marketed shrink films, shrink bags, barrier shrink films, and barrier shrink bags. These products are made with biaxial orientation technology and provide very special properties for the end user. This category does not include shrink films made with blown film technology, although Expert has marketed these products as well. Expert has also marketed medical device packaging and is knowledgeable of the requirements associated with Good Manufacturing Practices and ISO guidelines.

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