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Expert in Packaging Machinery and System Design

Expert ID: 108124 Canada

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1. General
Over 50 years of successful international experience in high-speed beer, beverage, and food packaging systems as an end user, designer, and supplier. Efficiently, and effectively, provided the project management and design of an internal Engineering department. He has developed innovative line layout designs with unique control applications resulting in higher productivity and lower capital investment. His experience includes the design and installation of high speed container sorting systems for returnable containers. Expert has extensive experience in the design of line layouts for food, distilling, wine, and non-proprietary pharmaceutical industries including automatic warehousing and order picking systems.
Expert developed purchasing and operational specifications for packaging machinery, conveyors, and installation. He has extensive experience in packaging machinery design and operation including case and bulk Depalletizer, Uncaser, bottle washers/rinsers, bottle/can fillers and closing machines, aseptic filling, pasteurizers/warmers, electronic inspectors, packing equipment, case sealing, and palletizers.
2. Operational Efficiency Audits:
Provided innovative cost effective high efficiency layouts recommendations, machinery and equipment performance analysis, maintenance effectiveness reviews, developed material specifications, and analyzed operational manpower to improve plant productivity and efficiencies. Improved efficiencies by applying Continuous Improvement Techniques.
3. Project Management:
Performed and provided feasibility studies, concepts, innovative cost effective, high efficiency layout recommendations, line controls, machinery selection, installation and start-up supervision for beverage, and food industries. Annually supervised packaging line installations worth $40, 000,000. Designed and installed medium and high speed distillery production lines.
4. Technical Support to Equipment Suppliers:
Assisted equipment suppliers providing expert line layout, installation supervision, and post-sales trouble shooting designed to enhance equipment sales.
5. Design and Engineering
Created and installed innovative line designs for returnable beverage containers and high speed beer and beverage can lines.
6. Production Line Preventative Maintenance Control Systems
Designed and installed unique Preventative Maintenance control systems in Production line Industries including introduction, Preventative Maintenance Routines (Inspection, Lubrication, and frequencies), Work Orders (Customer Requests), Work Order Backlog Control System, Emergency Downtime analysis, Planning, Action, Measurements, Spare Parts Inventories, Auditing Services, and Automation (Software Application). Instituted planning documents (time sheets, weekly and daily work sheets) Developed Opportunity Log Summary to combat persistent problems. Weekly Maintenance Report showing key measurements, trends, and relation of measurements to pre-determined targets. Demonstrated Prototype time limited efficient communication tradesmen meetings.
 7. Consumer Packaging Design and Modifications
Expert developed new cost efficient, consumer- oriented packaging systems for the beverage industry including boxboard and corrugated consumer packages for returnable bottles and recyclable cans. He participated in the design and testing of new glass containers, plastic retripper cases, and automatically inserted container shipping case separators. He supervised the development of material specifications and test for beverage industry containers


Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1978 Degree: Brewing Course Subject: Brewing Institution: Master Brewers Association of the Americas
Year: 1967 Degree: Successful Business Writing Course Subject: Business Writing Institution: University of Western Ontario
Year: 1967 Degree: United States Brewer's Association Course, Madison, Wisconsin Subject: United States Brewer's Association Course, Madison, Wisconsin Institution: United States Brewer's Association Course,
Year: 1967 Degree: American Management Association Marketing Course Subject: Marketing Institution: American Management Association
Year: 1966 Degree: Public Speaking Course Subject: Public Speaking Institution: University of British Columbia
Year: 1966 Degree: Corporate Finance Course Subject: Corporate Finance Institution: University of Briitish Columbia
Year: 1965 Degree: Business Statistics Course Subject: Business Statistics Institution: McGill University
Year: 1965 Degree: Basic Mathematics Course Subject: Basic Mathematics Institution: McGill University
Year: 1982 Degree: BASc Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of Toronto

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1992 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Proprietor Department: Responsibilities: Consultant to Molson Breweries, Coca Cola Beverages, and U. S. and Canadian companies. Installed successful Maintenance Control Systems. Trained potential Project Managers. Increased efficiency of high speed beverage canning and PET operations from 45% to 75% in 6 months. Managed projects up to $10,000,000. Designed and installed 600 can per minute used equipment beer line. Upgraded 400 bpm returnable bottle line to 700 bpm.
Years: 1988 to 1992 Employer: Labatt Brewing Co. Title: Packaging/Equipment Development Manager Department: Engineering Responsibilities: Managed teams (engineers, lab technicians, and suppliers, creating highly motivated, productive, synergetic units. Created innovative Ideal Line design for 25% less capital investment, 25% increase in productivity and material savings of $40,000,000 annually. Supervised the development of new products and systems:
(Brewer returnable plastic cases, using Q.F.D., Patented one-piece automatically inserted Partition
- Second generation of consumer-friendly twist-off crown
- Brewery bottle washer plastic inserts. Implemented programs to reduce material losses and improve quality. Developed TQM materials specifications. Analyzed over fills, under fills and false rejects. Improved machinery performance. - Increased returnable containers trippage.
Years: 1976 to 1992 Employer: Labatt Brewing Co. Title: Packaging Equipment Manager Department: Engineering Responsibilities: Directed a team of designers, draftsmen, and project engineers in the design, estimating, installation, and start-up of $40,000,000 of packaging projects annually. Converted 16 packaging lines to produce private mold returnable bottles. Increased packaging national line productivity by 15%. Maximized the return on assets of various plant operations by the manipulation of existing lines and equipment. Introduced state-of-the-art electronic programmable control equipment.
Years: 1974 to 1976 Employer: House of Seagram Can Ltd. Title: Manager of Engineering Design Department: Engineering Responsibilities: Managed a team of designers, draftsmen, and project engineers to complete projects worth $15,000,000 annually. Co-ordinated the activities of functional areas including packaging, process, utilities, electrical, and environment.
Years: 1973 to 1974 Employer: Geo. J. Meyer Manufacturing Co. Title: Assistant General Manager Department: ATO Do Brazil Responsibilities: Assisted in the manufacturing, marketing, and sales of packaging machinery and parts. Contributed to the company's only profitable year (sales of $1,500,000).Implemented competitive pricing strategies, nationalization of parts programs, and a proactive service organization
Years: 1970 to 1974 Employer: Geo. J. Meyer Manufacturing Co. Title: Product Planning Manager Department: Marketing Responsibilities: Made technical marketing decisions for the introduction of new equipment into the product line of a multi-plant packaging machinery manufacturer.
Created successful machinery pricing strategy for profit maximization and improved machinery performance.
Liaised with the sales force and customers through sales presentations, production line efficiency surveys, and solving post-sales service problems.
Years: 1969 to 1970 Employer: Geo. J. Meyer Manufacturing Co. Title: Sales Engineer, Department: Marketing Responsibilities: Sold and provided customer service of packaging machinery systems in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.
Achieved sales of $200,000 in a four-month period
Years: 1967 to 1969 Employer: Geo. J. Meyer Manufacturing Co. Title: Sales Application Engineer Department: Marketing Responsibilities: Provided technical judgment and developed specifications and strategies for the marketing and sale of existing and new machines systems. Dealt with a broad range of labeling and filling machine applications in the food, beverage, distilling, winery and pharmaceutical industries.
Years: 1966 to 1967 Employer: House of Seagram Canada Ltd. Title: Plant Engineer Department: Engineering Responsibilities: Managed plant maintenance of two operating distilleries with a staff of 35 tradesmen and 5 supervisors. Administered major capital program. Installed maintenance control systems, and capital project cost control systems.
Years: 1965 to 1966 Employer: House of Seagram Canada Ltd. Title: Staff Engineer Department: Engineering Responsibilities: Evaluated the operations of five producing distilleries on an on-going basis. Performed project justifications, new site studies, and post-project evaluations.
Years: 1962 to 1964 Employer: House of Seagram Canada Ltd. Title: Bottling Maintenance and Line Supervisor Department: Production Responsibilities: Supervised in excess of 100 hourly paid tradesmen and line employees. Responsible for capital projects involving the design and installation of medium-and high-speed distillery packaging systems. Set up cost control system for a central parts manufacturing facility. Installed Standard Costing System for multi-plant packaging operations.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1973 to 1974 Country / Region: Brasil Summary: ATO Do Brazil division of Geo. J. Meyer Manufacturing Co. as Assistant General Manager. Assisted in the manufacturing, marketing, and sales of packaging machinery and parts. Contributed to the company's only profitable year (sales of $1,500,000).Implemented competitive pricing strategies, nationalization of parts programs, and a proactive service organization

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has provided expert witness services in 4 cases to date.
Vendor Selection
Expert has experience locating vendors of:
* Packaging equipment
* Packaging materials.

He has access to the following resources:
* Printed material
* Personal contacts.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Expert can speak and read French.

Fields of Expertise

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