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Expert in Plastics: Extrusion & Flexible Packaging

Expert ID: 721718 Canada

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Expert has applied his background in chemical engineering to film extrusion with raw material suppliers, equipment suppliers and film fabricators. His background is useful for benchmarking, product development, troubleshooting and training in most polymer film processes. He has purchased, installed and commissioned state-of-the-art singe and co-extruded lines throughout North and Souch America. He offers classroom and hand-on training programs that result in measurable productivity improvements.

Expert has applied his background in chemical engineering with raw material suppliers to design and optimize film properties for barrier applications. His completed projects include purchase, installation and commissioning of state-of-the-art co-extrusion lines throughout North and South America.

Expert has performed plant and equipment audits and benchmarking.He has done business evaluation for purchase of used equipment.He has provided procurement assistance for new building and equipment, both for "green field" and plant expansions.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1984 Degree: MBA Subject: Marketing & Finance Institution: York University
Year: 1977 Degree: B.Eng. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: McGill University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1995 to 2000 Employer: PW & Associates Title: President Department: Responsibilities: Expert provided consulting in plastics processing, did troubleshooting of blown film and flexible packaging lines, and did training, procurement, and productivity audits. He also gave expert witness testimony.
Years: 1997 to 2000 Employer: Haremar Plastic Manufacturing Ltd. Title: Technical Director Department: Responsibilities: He was manager of production, product development, continuous improvement, and quality control groups. He also worked in key account development, training, and procurement.
Years: 1990 to 1997 Employer: Canadian Plastics Industry Association Title: Manager Department: Information Services Responsibilities: He managed education programs for the Canadian plastics industry, technical library, and Information Technology systems. He provided consulting and training throughout North and South America.
Years: 1987 to 1990 Employer: Macro Engineering Co. Ltd. Title: Sales Manager Department: Responsibilities: He managed the sales force for a major blown and cast film equipment manufacturer.
Years: 1986 to 1987 Employer: Mobil Chemical of Canada Ltd. Title: Technical Sales Representative Department: Responsibilities: He managed the greater Toronto sales territory for BOPP films.
Years: 1984 to 1985 Employer: Imperial Oil Limited Title: Project Analyst Department: MIS Group Responsibilities: Expert supported mainframe computer systems for Esso Chemical Canada Ltd.
Years: 1981 to 1984 Employer: Esso Chemical Canada Ltd. Title: Financial Analyst Department: Vinyls Group Responsibilities: Expert provided financial analysis for the vinyls group. He performed variance analysis, budget preparation, and computer system automation.
Years: 1977 to 1981 Employer: Dow Chemical Canada Ltd. Title: Senior Research Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Expert provided technical service and product development for polyethylene film, extrusion blow molded bottles, injection molding, and rotational molding. He was responsible for training and maintenance of the physical test laboratories in the R&D department.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1995 to 1995 Country / Region: Brazil Summary: Expert trained instructors in extrusion and blown film processing at SENAI in Salvador, Brazil.
Years: 1995 to 2001 Country / Region: U.S.A. Summary: He presented several seminars on blown film extrusion for SPE, University of Wisconsin, and Edison Technical Services.
Years: 2000 to 2001 Country / Region: Saudi Arabia/Egypt/Tunisa/Morocco Summary: He presented several seminars on blown film extrusion and hands on consulting for blown film processors on behalf of SABIC.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a member of SPE, TAPPI, PEO (Professional Engineers of Ontario), AIC, (Association of Independant Consultants), and CPIA (Canadian Plastics Industry Association).
Licenses / Certifications
Expert is a licensed Professional Engineer.
Professional Appointments
Expert is an officer on the Society of Plastics Engineers Board of Directors - Ontario Section (current position: Treasurer, former positions: Vice-President, Secretary, Education Chair).
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has published six articles in trade journals, and a manual for a 2-day seminar ("Troubleshooting the Blown Film Process").

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has given expert witness testimony, but must keep this information confidential to protect his clients.
Training / Seminars
Expert developed and delivered blown film extrusion courses at the Canadian Plastics Training Centre (Toronto), SENAI (Salvador, Brazil), SABIC (Saudi Arabia), and the University of Wisconsin. He has delivered hands-on training courses on film manufacturing throughout the U.S. and Canada. The following are a few examples of his work in this area: at SPE at ANTECs, NPE, and Plastic USA, he spoke on "Troubleshooting the Blown Film Process";
at CPIA, he spoke on "Introduction to Plastics Technology," "ABC's of Buying Plastics," and "Plastics In Brief."
Vendor Selection
Expert has extensive experience in this area. He is familiar with almost every significantly sized extrusion, blending and converting company operating in the U.S. and Canada.
He assisted several companies with the purchase, installation and commission of blown film lines ranging from baby bottle lines to geomembranes.
Marketing Experience
He increased sales for Macro Engineering by a minimum of 200% every year for four years.
He developed and marketed very popular seminar programs for the CPIA for eight years.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert developed the popular Plastic Identification Kit that is available from CPIA and SPE.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Expert is comfortable in conversation and reading.
Hungarian He is comfortable in conversation.

Fields of Expertise

cast film, bag manufacturing, coextrusion, extrusion, film conversion, polymer film production, blown film, flexible packaging material production, polymer process machinery, film manufacturing, biaxially oriented film, polymer process tooling, barrier film technology, film testing, packaging material selection, polymer film property, polyethylene film, process machinery, package design, medical polymer extrusion, chilled roll, controlled environmental packaging, polyethylene terephthalate film, gas transmission, film casting, nylon extrusion, dry film thickness, heat-sealable polymer, bag-in-box packaging process, film radiation curing, polyester fabric, polyvinyl chloride compounding, polyester bag, extrusion laminating, moisture-resistant packaging, plastics printing, ethylene-vinyl acetate extrusion, cold seal packaging process, film curl, food wrap, microwave susceptor film, flexible coating material, oxygen barrier film, plastic drying, melt flow, air-permeable film, polypropylene extrusion, plant operations management, cast polypropylene film, elastomeric film, film thickness, thermoplastics compounding, polyester film coating process, film handling, cooling system, polyethylene oxide, capillary rheometer, lineal extruded product, extruded film, film extrusion, medical device package testing, polyethylene extrusion, polymer pelletizing, flexible packaging product odor, microporous plastic battery separator, packaging adhesive material, flexible packaging film, packaging technology review, extrusion screw design, blown film tubular die design, flexible packaging material, die (device), packaging evaluation, packaging-material management, modified atmosphere packaging, medical device packaging process, high-performance polymer, computer simulation, blister packaging process, curling die, foil packaging material, plastic packaging material, moisture barrier material, barrier film, plastic film mulch, polymer film laminating, plastic profile extrusion, food packaging plastic, coating material, packaging material, sterile packaging process, polymer, polymer compounding, pelletizing, package testing, oriented polymer film, liquid packaging process, injection molding, finite element analysis, extrusion coating process, electrolytic capacitor, die making, computer application process, aseptic packaging process

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