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Expert in Plastic Packaging Technology, Molding, Creating New Technology, Intellectual Property, New Products

Expert ID: 724339 Illinois, USA

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Expert developed multilayer packaging materials for oxygen barrier and moisture barrier for bottles, trays, films via co-extrusion, lamination, and insitu multi-component structures.

Expert has a 40-year history of product development efforts including material selection, process development to mate with the material, functional package development, product design to accomplish both protection, function, and promotion. The development history has included lightweighting and redesign for better functionality. Close cooperation with the customers, consumer panel testing, and marketing, sales, manufacturing, and distribution has driven the product development projects.

Innovations such as child proof closure/bottle structures, plastic food cans, retortable food cans and trays, incorporation of recycled material in personal care products, and lightweight plastic beverage bottles are exemplary.

Expert's package development expertise has embraced all aspects from design, to material selection, to process development, to downstream equipment integration, to customer in-plant cooperation.

Expert's leadership ability for new product development management has led him through several levels of management from manager to director to vice president within several major packaging companies. Regardless of the level, he interacts with personnel on a personal hands-on basis, encouraging, developing, synergizing, and leading to create new products in an efficient, effective, and energetic manner.

His fundamental training in Polymer Science and Engineering has enabled him over the years to be able to select packaging materials that fit the application in a way that is both cost effective and appropriate for the product and the environmental considerations.

He was part of a team (technical part) that 'saved' plastic packaging in Wisconsin from being banned during the early '90's draconian recycling legislation.

He has been responsible for purchase and development of new processes and equipment for packaging to expand the use of plastic packaging into markets not previously penetrated. Most notable was the seven-layer asymmetrical coextrusion blow molder, a powder metallurgical process for making plastic food cans, and a sanitary assembly machine for attaching floats to straws for PopStraws.

He has led groups for many of the major packaging companies that have selected, developed, tested, and created unique plastic packaging material regimes for new products and product line extensions.

He worked with the client to develop new plastic pallet formulation and worked on the floor to mold, inspect, test, and qualify the new product technology.He worked with the client to develop packaging structures for Lithium battery components, designed structures, found converters, gained testing samples, and aided in specification preparation.He worked with the client to maximize bottle design, QC procedures, and testing protocol, and material selection for conversion from PVC to PET bottles.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Chicago, Illinois - Rockford, Illinois - Aurora, Illinois - Naperville, Illinois - Peoria, Illinois - Joliet, Illinois - Elgin, Illinois - South Bend, Indiana - Gary, Indiana - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1969 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Macromolecular Science Institution: Case-Western Reserve University
Year: 1966 Degree: M.S. Subject: Polymer Science & Engineering Institution: Case Institute of Technology
Year: 1964 Degree: BChE Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1997 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal Department: Consultancy Responsibilities: He created new technology and intellectual property for client companies.
He provided resources and encouraged successful project accomplishments.
Years: 1997 to 2001 Employer: The PopStraw Company Title: V. P. Technology Department: Technology Center Responsibilities: He created intellectual property, established development networks, commercialized two products.
He successfully performed multiple roles and exhibited function flexibility.
Years: 1994 to 1997 Employer: Crown Cork & Seal Co., Inc. Title: V.P. Plastic Technologies Department: Corporate Technologies Responsibilities: He rebuilt/merged bottle technology and closure technology groups into a functional multidisciplinary Plastic Technology Team for bottle/closure co-developments.
NAPCOR Board of Directors.
Years: 1990 to 1994 Employer: Silgan Plastics Corp. Title: V.P. Technology Department: Technology Center Responsibilities: He provided Leadership to a bottle technology group developing new products and processes and providing equipment support for food, beverage, and personal care consumer product applications.
He successfully merged two technical groups.
NAPCOR Board of Directors.
Years: 1985 to 1990 Employer: American National Can Title: Director, Plastic Packaging Technology Department: Plastic Technology Centers Responsibilities: He created and led a product development group to develop PET & multilayer plastic bottles and rigid multilayer thermoformed plastic packaging.
He pro-actively responded to legislative solid waste management issues and successfully lobbied the technical aspects of the Wisconsin Recycling Law.
Years: 1974 to 1985 Employer: Continental Group Title: Director, Special Projects Department: Continental Packaging Co. Responsibilities: He led a materials group providing support for all business groups.
He let a materials & development group for a new venture business and developed new products.
He created a technical center for these activities.
He created a "skunk works" technical center for new product development and future technology development.
Years: 1968 to 1974 Employer: Union Carbide Corp Title: Project Scientist Department: Chemicals & Plastics Div. Responsibilities: He formulated LDPE resins.
He developed photo/bio-degradable versions of LDPE and HDPE.
He developed synthetic paper. Acroprint.
He developed and serviced paralene pellicle applications.

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