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Expert in Rubber, Polymeric Materials, Design, Testing, Production Evaluation, Processing

Expert ID: 725120 Maine, USA

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Expert joined the rubber industry in 1969 after he graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell with a B.S. Degree in Plastics Engineering. He has held various positions throughout his career involving laboratory management, compound design, process evaluation, process and product enhancement, laboratory design, compound specification development, procedural and MSDS writings, technical training as well as technical sales and service.

He has experience in Injection, Injection Compression, Transfer, and Compression molding techniques as well as process design and enhancement, compound material design, technical writing, technical training, specification development, and laboratory layouts.

Expert has experience in formulating compounds for specific application, and molding techniques that include the following polymers: IIR, IR, NR, EPT, EPDM, CR, HNB, HNBR, ACM, AEM, TFEP AND FKM.

He has been a member of ASTM International since 1986, receiving the Society’s Distinguished Service Award in 1998. Since 1996, he has represented the USA as a member, and then as a voting delegate of the International Standards Organization Technical Advisory Group - 45 on rubber.

He currently holds the position of Chairman of D11 Committee on Rubber and Chairman of committee D11.10 - Physical Testing. He has also held the positions of D11- First Vice Chairman, Chairman of the Subcommittee D11.14 - Time and Temperature-Dependent Physical Properties, Secretary of Subcommittee D11.08 - Terminology.

He owns his own consulting business which was established in 2002.
His firm is a LLC which was created in 2003. He is the sole member of this company which is a consulting company specializing in Rubber compound design, Specification Development, Process Evaluation & Enhancement, Procedure and MSDS writings, & Technical training.

In 1993, he completed advance studies, and received his MBA from Plymouth State College.


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Designer of various cost effective compound formulations to meet or exceed customer specifications, for Automotive, Industrial, FDA, Aerospace, Down hole, applications. Formulated and optimized compounds to perform in compression, transfer, injection and injection-compression molding. Polymers which he has formulated for specific applications and molding techniques include: IIR, IR, NR, EPT, EPDM, CR, NBR, HNBR, ACM, AEM, TFEP, and FKM. Provided, time line management assessments of existing production lines after on site visits, yielding more efficient processes, with less waste and lower costs.Accountable for the creation of new or updated technical procedures and work instructions to assist clients considering accreditation, updating internal records ensuring quality data generation. Provided lab layouts with multiple equipment recommendations that included storage of chemicals, mixing and milling equipment, curing presses, testing equipment (physical, rheological, chemical, etc.) and hazardous and flammable material storage.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Portland, Maine

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1969 Degree: Bachelors Subject: Plastics Technology Institution: University of Mass-Lowell
Year: 1993 Degree: MBA Subject: Business Administration Institution: Plymouth State College

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2000 to 2003 Employer: Cri-Tech, LLC Title: Laboratory Manager Department: Responsibilities: Responsible for all aspects of the company’s laboratory, including client contact, proposals, coordinating projects, and presentation of reports, staff training and development, employment, performance appraisals, compound design, MSDS writing, A2LA & ASTM representative (on both a domestic and international level), technical solutions to production opportunities directly to customers via phone or via on site visits.
Years: 1997 to 2000 Employer: Cri-Tech, LLC Title: Technical Sales Service Representative Department: Responsibilities: Responsible for the sales, and technical aspects of 53 sales accounts in New England, New Jersey and Maryland. Four of these accounts represented 41% of the company’s total sales dollars ($28 million). Sales increased by 32% or more each year over the four year period.
Years: 1994 to 1997 Employer: Cri-Tech, LLC Title: Technical Manager Department: Responsibilities: Responsible for the management of all technical aspects of the company, including R&D. Allocated and monitored all work load requirements, facilitated training, development, employment, and performance appraisals of the technical staff. Designed 39 new proprietary high performance compounds expanding the company’s product line by 75%. Designed the work instructions, and procedures required to obtain A2LA Laboratory Accreditation. Provided technical support to internal and external customers to optimize their production yield, and meet performance requirements, through formulation and process enhancement. Created material specification for all incoming raw materials used in the fabrication of products.

Years: 1993 to 1994 Employer: Eagle Picher Title: Technical Manager Department: Responsibilities: Responsible and accountable for the supervision and development of the technical staff, support and technical assistance for two manufacturing sites and mixing facilities, quoting inquiries, enhancement of existing products and development of new products and technology.
Years: 1978 to 1993 Employer: Freudenberg-NOK Title: Senior Project Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Responsible and accountable for the Silicone Manufacturing component of the Bristol, NH operation having annual sales of $5million. Supervised a technical team of four professional engineers, and five laboratory technicians whose duties included but were not limited to process and material development, mixing enhancements, cost reduction, and production engineering support. Evaluated new and or substitute materials for alternate sourcing and cost reduction. Direct liaison and technical support between the Corporate Laboratory in Bristol, NH, and the three satellite engineering labs in Indiana. Designed and coordinated the effort leading up to the awarding of General Motors GP-10 Laboratory Accreditation of three laboratories at F-NOK’s Bristol, NH facility.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Chemical Society -Rubber Division,
American Society of Testing Materials International,
International Standards Organization,
Rubber Manufacturers Association,
Society of Automotive Engineers International.


Licenses / Certifications
Kaizen Project Analysis and Design,
Hazardous Waste Management and Training,
Business Requirement Planning,
Right to Know Training,
Business Japanese Style,
A2LA Auditor -ISO 17025 (in training).
Professional Appointments
ASTM D11 Rubber – Chairman
ASTM D11.10 Sub-committee – Physical Testing Chairman
ASTM D11.45 Technical Advisory Group--Rubber – ISO
ASTM D11.14 Time and Temperature Dependant Properties past Chairman
ASTM D11.08 Terminology – Secretary

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Currently teaches:

1. Rubber Compounding and Mixing for Performance
2. Rubber Testing: Selecting, Performing and Interpreting ASTM Rubber Test Methods
Other Relevant Experience
Thirty eight years experience in the design, testing, production evaluation and processing of a wide variety of rubber / polymeric materials. Strong skills in compound design, processing optimization, technical training, specification development, production and laboratory equipment recommendation & and procurement, MSDS and technical writings and laboratory design.

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