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Consultants
(in alphabetical order)

ABC Polymer Consulting | Shu-de Rong
 
Address:
1 Annina Cres
Markham, L3R 4S4 Canada
Primary Contact: Shu-de Rong
Phone: +1 905.604.0529
Web Site: http://www.abcpolymerconsulting.com
E-Mail: rong-shu-de@foxmail.com
Regions Serviced: Global
Specialties: Additives, Compounding, Formulation, Product Design & Development
Brief Description: technical consulting
Overview: N/A
 
Bryan Hauger Consulting, Inc. | Bryan Hauger
Company Name: Bryan Hauger Consulting, Inc.
Address:
4129 San Marco Drive
Longmont, Colorado 80503 USA
Primary Contact: Bryyan Hauger
Phone: +1 720.378.7932
Web Site: http://www.bryanhaugerconsulting.com/
E-Mail: bryan@bryanhaugerconsulting.com
Regions Serviced: Global
Specialties: Engineering Properties & Structure, Extrusion, Technology Conference
Brief Description: Bryan Hauger Consulting is a B2B consulting firm currently featuring three expert consultants to meet a broad range of client needs. We offering broad expertise to plastic businesses—large and small with the first 30 minutes of consultation FREE. Give us a call and learn why our motto is "Our only product is a satisfied client".
Overview: Bryan Hauger Consulting, Inc. was formed to provide insights to plastic material manufacturers, convertors and asset owners. Our consultants' backgrounds include catalyst research in support of polyethylene manufacturing, additive stabilization of polymers, interaction of chemicals with plastics, extrusion production of plastic pipe, plastic pipe material technical service, failure analysis, deformulation of plastics and plastic pipe system component testing. Our consultants hold several United States patents and have published several papers and a technical standard for ASTM International. Our consultants participate in several industry organizations including API, SPE, PPI, CSA, AGA, AWWA, ASTM and ASME. Please use the company contact page to request letters of reference.
 
CE-Technologies, LLC | Kenneth Morris
Company Name: CE-Technologies, LLC
Address:
6203 Jack Thomas Dr.
Ft. Mills, SC USA 29707
Primary Contact: Kenneth Morris
Phone: +1 704.806.3046
Web Site: http://www.ce-technologies.com
E-Mail: kmorris@ce-technologies.com
Regions Serviced: Global
Specialties: Compounding, Expert Witness Services, Materials Application & Development, Product Design & Development
Brief Description: Innovative Cost Savings and Productivity Savings Solutions for your Plastics Business.

Overview: CE-Technologies, LLC provides Innovative Cost Savings and Productivity Savings Solutions for your Plastics Business.

Key services provided by CE-Technologies are:

  • Resin / Compound Specification & Compound Development
  • Resin Price Reduction Services, Resin Sourcing
  • Root Cause Analysis and Determination Failure Modes
  • Analytical Testing Services
  • Product Sourcing, and Contract Manufacturing Services
  • Product Development and Product Cost Reduction Service
  • Patent Assessment and Patent Protection Services
  • Expert Witness Services.
 
CHEMIR- A Division of Evans Analytical Group | Aaron Cassely
Company Name: CHEMIR- A Division of Evans Analytical Group
Address:
2672 Metro Blvd.
Maryland Heights, MO 63043, US
Primary Contact: Aaron Cassely
Phone: +1 800.659.7659
Web Site: http://www.chemir.com
E-Mail: info.chemir@eag.com
Regions Serviced: Global
Specialties: Expert Witness Services, Failure Analysis & Prevention, Manufacturing Analysis, Polymer Analysis
Brief Description: Independent analytical laboratory for plastic and polymer investigations: Material/contaminant identification, failure analysis, deformulation (reverse engineering), polymer testing, and litigation support. ISO 9001:2008 certified.
Overview: CHEMIR has been providing expert analytical support for the polymer industry for over 50 years. Our independent analytical laboratory’s investigative services are customized to offer chemical analysis and polymer testing, including Deformulation, or reverse engineering of plastic products, materials identification of plastics, contaminant identification, failure analysis for plastics and polymers, physical testing of plastic materials, method development, custom synthesis, including polymer synthesis, consulting for plastic problem solving, litigation support and plastic expert witness services, State-of-the-art instrumentation includes spectroscopy (FT-IR, NMR, EDS, ICP), chromatography (GC, LC, GPC, IC), spectrometry (MS), and thermal (TGA, DSC, m-DSC, TMA). Chemir’s expert services provide proven value in many industries including medical device, pharmaceutical, packaging, food/beverage, consumer products, toys and industrial chemicals. Our facility is ISO 9001:2008 Certified.
 
Colorado Legacy Group, LLC. | Creig Bowland
 
Company Name: Colorado Legacy Group, LLC.
Address:
3155 W Zion Church Road
Shelby, NC 28150, US
Primary Contact: Creig Bowland
Phone: +1 704.466.1505
Web Site:
E-Mail: cbowland@coloradolegacy.com
Regions Serviced: Global
Specialties:Formulation, Composites, Long Fiber Thermoplastics, Fiber Sizing & Pultrusion
Brief Description: Long Fiber Thermoplastics Expert. Offering LFT technology solutions. Thermoplastic Composites Expert. Sizing Chemistry consulting. I can offer solutions and assistance in improving the impregnation, and bonding to any fiber with any resin system. Extrusion and pultrusion support as well as consulting services.
Overview: Colorado Legacy Group, LLC offers Long Fiber Thermoplastics (LFT) technology to those companies interested in manufacturing LFT products. We also offer support and process improvement in all pultrusion and extrusion processes. Our goal would be to assist you in making a better product. We also offer consultation on Sizing chemistry for any fiber or combination of fibers. We will help you improve your fiber performance in your end application of in any process. We also offer support in composite part design, engineering and testing: especially for thermoplastic composites.
 
Czuba Enterprises, Inc. | Len Czuba
Company Name: Czuba Enterprises, Inc.
Address:
1105 E. Adams St.
Suite 1034
Lombard, IL 60148, USA
Primary Contact: Len Czuba
Phone: 630.632.3560
Web Site: http://www.czubaenterprises.com/
E-Mail: LCzuba@AOL.com
Regions Serviced: Global
Specialties: Expert Witness Services, Flexible Packaging, Medical Plastics, Product Design & Development
Brief Description: We provide project consult in materials selection, processing & product design, and can help clients fill staffing gaps without adding headcount. If you need help with medical materials, packaging or in expert witness work, contact us.
Overview: Czuba Enterprises, Inc. is a product design and development firm, headquartered in the greater Chicagoland area. Its principal is Len Czuba who uses his experience working with partner firms to take products, especially medical devices, from concept to market. His extensive materials experience and broad network help his clients get things done quickly. His keen ability to communicate the business needs leading to quick solutions has impressed his list of clients throughout industry. He has a proven track record in completing successful projects. His credentials include issued patents, published papers and numerous technical presentations along with many products in the marketplace.

He has more than 30 years of experience in polymer synthesis, compounding and material development in the medical device industry. Prior to the formation of CEI, he was with Baxter Healthcare Corporation in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, where he was involved in device engineering, container and new product development. He was responsible for several new material replacements for PVC and holds 15 US patents for his work. He has worked on a wide variety of devices, both implantable and external accessories, used in the health care industry.

Mr. Czuba has been an SPE member since 1975, served 20 years on the board of directors of the Medical Plastics Division and has twice served as the Division Chairman. In May of 2000, Mr. Czuba was inducted to the ranks of Honored Service Member of SPE. He was the Society’s 2005 - 2006 President.

 
Dealeys Mold Engineering LLC | Bob Dealey
Company Name: Dealeys Mold Engineering LLC
Address:
351 Forest Drive
Williams Bay, WI 53191, USA
Primary Contact: Bob Dealey
Phone: +1 414.690.5700
Web Site: http://www.DealeyME.com
E-Mail: MoldDoctor@DealeyME.com
Regions Serviced: Global, Canada, Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Mexico, South America, Northeast USA, Southeast USA, Southwest USA, Northwest USA, West Coast USA, Midwest USA
Specialties: Expert Witness Services, Injection Molding, Mold Making & Mold Design, Patents.
Brief Description: Dealeys Mold Engineering, LLC is a Plastics Management, Marketing and Technical Consulting Firm. Provides expert witnesses in Intellectual Property matters. Over 40 years technical expertise.
Overview: N/A
 
Flaney Associates LLC | Dr. Joshua Otaigbe
Company Name: Flaney Associates LLC
Address:
167 Monarch Blvd
Hattiesburg, MS 39402, USA
Primary Contact: Dr. Joshua Otaigbe
Phone: 601-307-8666
Web Site: http://www.flaneyassociates.com
E-Mail: otaigbe1@mac.com
Regions Serviced: Global, Canada, Europe, India, China, Japan, Caribbean, Northeast USA, Southeast USA, Southwest USA, Northwest USA, West Coast USA, Midwest USA
Specialties: Composites, Engineering Properties & Structure, Expert Witness Services, Materials Application & Development
Brief Description: Plastics/Polymer Science/Chemicals/Materials Engineering Consultant and Expert Witness
Overview: For details, please click on the above web site or cut and paste the web site address into your internet browser
 
IdeOn LLC | Brijesh Nigam
 
Company Name: IdeOn LLC
Address:
4 Jill court
Building 22 Units 10-12
Hillsborough, NJ 08844, USA
Primary Contact: Brijesh Nigam
Phone: +1 708.205.5003
Web Site: http://www.ideonllc.com
E-Mail: brijnigam@ideonllc.com
Regions Serviced: Global
Specialties: Other
Brief Description: Printing and decorating of thermoformable and injection molding polymeric films. Thermoforming printing inks, adhesive and coatings. 
Overview: Optimize, design, develop and analyze thin film and thick film printing ink chemistry for decoration of all plastic substrates. Capability to design thermoform-able printing inks, adhesives and coatings. End use projects include, consumer products, medical devices, printed electronics, automotive, industrial applications, toys, batteries, cell phones and other chemistry related projects.
 
Kann Polymers Consulting | Yelena Kann
Company Name: Kann Polymers Consulting
Address:
6 Saturn Rd
Marblehead, MA 01945, USA
Primary Contact: Yelena Kann
Phone: +1 617.320.9663
Web Site: N/A
E-Mail: yksat1@gmail.com
Regions Serviced: Global
Specialties: Additives, Color & Appearance, Materials Application & Development, Vinyl Plastics
Brief Description: Specializing in solving technical issues in polymer degradation, stabilization and biodegradation. Expert knowledge of PVC and additive technology, bioplastics, polymer blends, analytical testing, color physics and chemistry.
Overview: With 25 years of industrial and academic experience, a talented, innovative and results oriented polymer chemist and engineer Dr. Yelena Kann can solve your technical problems, assist in product formulation, market and business development, processing and any quality related issues. Yelena has a proven record of providing outstanding research services and solving complex and challenging polymer related problems. She holds over 15 patents, over 20 publications in high impact peer reviewed technical journals, regularly presents at the well known technical conferences around the world (with best paper awards). Her polymer expertise includes bioplastics, PVC and additive technology, engineering and commodity plastics. The processing techniques she is most competent with include extrusion based processes: film and sheet extrusion and multi layer co-extrusion, extrusion coating, melt blown and melt spun fibers, mono and multi filaments, tapes, etc. She holds PhD in Chemistry from the University of Sussex (school of Prof. Norman Billingham), her industrial experience includes Lynn Plastics, Omni Guide, Metabolix, Sabic Innovative Plastics and Ecoverde.
 
LR SCHMIDT ASSOCIATES | Lawrence R. Schmidt
Company Name: LR SCHMIDT ASSOCIATES
Address:
11 Front Street
Schenectady, NY 12305-1312, USA
Primary Contact: Lawrence R. Schmidt
Phone: 518-381-4435
Web Site: N/A
E-Mail: schmidtlra@aol.com
Regions Serviced: Global
Specialties: Education & Training, Expert Witness Services, Extrusion, Injection Molding
Brief Description: LR SCHMIDT ASSOCIATES is an international plastics consulting firm specializing in advanced process designs and product concepts, technology assessment and root-cause analysis of processing problems.
Overview: Larry Schmidt, President of LR SCHMIDT ASSOCIATES, has over 40 years of industrial experience working in the field of plastics and polymers, including 22 years with the General Electric Company. He has a basic knowledge of all major shaping processes and an in-depth understanding of polymer behavior, in particular, complex viscoelastic melt rheology.

He has published over 50 papers on precision injection molding, extrusion (single and twin-screw configurations), thermoforming, continuous melt polymerization in extruder-reactors, and rheological behavior of polymers, blends and filled/reinforced systems.

Expert witness services are available for patent infringement, product liability and breach of contract. Short courses and seminars are offered on injection molding, extrusion, compounding and melt rheology.

Dr. Schmidt received chemical engineering degrees from Ohio University, Washington University and the University of Colorado. He has received several awards from SPE, including the Extrusion Division Distinguished Service Award, and was elected a Fellow in 1990. Currently he serves on the Board of Directors of the Injection Molding Division and presents an SPE sponsored short course on advanced concepts and analyses for injection molding.

 
The Madison Group | Jefrey Jansen
Company Name: The Madison Group
Address:
5510 Nobel Drive
Suite 215
Madison, WI 53711, USA
Primary Contact:
Phone: +1 608.231.1907
Web Site: http://www.madisongroup.com
E-Mail: jeff@madisongroup.com
Regions Serviced: Global
Specialties: Engineering Properties & Structure, Expert Witness Services, Failure Analysis & Prevention, Injection Molding
Brief Description: The Madison Group is a recognized global leader providing consulting services, technical expertise and innovative technology to the plastics industry.
Overview: The Madison Group has been a recognized global leader providing consulting services, technical expertise and innovative technology to the plastics industry since 1993. What we do is simple, we solve plastic problems and find economic solutions that help drive product development to yield higher quality parts. Whether the problem occurs during manufacturing or during the lifetime of a product, our knowledge and technical expertise can provide you with solutions. From consulting and technical expertise to engineering and design solutions, The Madison Group can help! Failure Analysis Material/Design Evaluation Moldflow Analysis Subrogation Engineering Expert Witness
 
Material Answers LLC | Chris Scott
Company Name: Material Answers LLC
Address:
Weston, MA 02493, USA
Primary Contact: Chris Scott
Phone: +1 617.378.1976
Web Site: http://materialanswers.com
E-Mail: cscott@materialanswers.com
Regions Serviced: Global
Specialties: Engineering Properties & Structure, Expert Witness Services, Failure Analysis & Prevention, Product Design & Development
Brief Description: Consulting services in polymer science and engineering
Overview: Material Answers, LLC is a technical consulting firm specializing in polymer science and engineering. We have experience with thermoplastics, thermosets, blends, composites, and multicomponent formulations. Projects include manufacturing improvements, product development, product design, patents, failure analysis, and expert witness services. Applications have included automotive components, consumer products, medical devices, coatings, rubbers, construction materials, and packaging.
 
PARISONS BLOW MOLDING | Lew Ferguson
 
Company Name: PARISONS BLOW MOLDING
Address:
P.O. Box 383
Stone Harbor, NJ 08247, USA
Primary Contact: Lew Ferguson
Phone: +1 609.368.7230
Web Site: N/A
E-Mail: parisonsblowmolding@gmail.com
Regions Serviced: Global
Specialties: Blow Molding
Brief Description: Knowledge worker in Blow Molding: processing, training, product development, materials and quality issues. Packaging and industrial customer support ranges from product design to operator training. Experience with engineering thermoplastics. 
Overview: Lew Ferguson provides product development, technical service and training services to global packaging and industrial blow molding clients in North America, Latin/South America, Europe and Asia. Clients include blow molding part manufacturers, equipment and material suppliers, designers, and end-users.

With over 40 years of experience in the industry, Lew works with both commodity and engineering thermoplastics resin applications using continuous extrusion, reciprocating screw, accumulator and injection blow molding equipment.

Customized in-house classroom and hands-on processing training topics for operators include understanding the blow molding process, machine adjustments, molds, materials, drying, regrind, quality, process optimization and process/product troubleshooting.

Business management support includes new application design and development evaluation programs, manufacturing method selection, customer deliverables, process / product troubleshooting and quality issue resolution.

Lew is an active member of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) since 1966. He is a Fellow of the Society, an Honored Service Member, currently a member of the Blow Molding Division Board of Directors, and a past chairman of the Division.

Lew has more than 40 published papers and presentations related to blow molding, impact modifiers, plastic alloys and engineering thermoplastics processing and design.

He retired from GE Plastics to establish Parisons Blow Molding in 1997, as an independent adviser to the blow molding industry. Lew earned a BA in Chemistry from Rutgers University and an MBA in Marketing from West Virginia University.

 
Paul Mastro LLC | Paul Mastro
Company N1ame: Paul Mastro LLC
Address:
63 Forest Drive
Palmyra, VA 22963, USA
Primary Contact: Paul Mastro
Phone: +1 501.658.1103
Web Site: N/A
E-Mail: paulfmastro@msn.com
Regions Serviced: Global
Specialties: Injection Molding, Manufacturing Analysis, Product Design & Development, Vinyl Plastics
Brief Description: Paul Mastro, LLC provides expertise in plastics design and development, materials processing, tool design, manufacturing productivity and plant layout. Process expertise includes injection molding, extrusion, machining, and prototyping.

Overview: Paul Mastro, LLC provides expertise in plastics design and development, materials processing, tool design, manufacturing productivity and plant layout. Process expertise includes injection molding, extrusion, machining, and prototyping.

Overview: Plastics design and development support includes advice on product design, material and process selection, as well as help in the design process itself, helping customers incorporate lean principles to improve their design process and reducing their time to market. Assistance can be provided in selecting prototyping processes and in procuring prototypes if required. Material processing support includes help on identifying and correcting process issues and analyzing and improving processes. Process expertise is in injection molding, extrusion, and machining of plastics. Tool design support includes advice on how to design tools to maximize productivity and minimize costs. Support can be provided to procure tool designs and tools. Manufacturing productivity includes reviewing current equipment, processes, and tooling and developing a plan (usually a series of options) to improve outputs and quality while reducing costs. Plant layout reviews and recommended improvements to optimize flow and improve outputs can be made for existing facilities as well as proposals for additions or new facilities.

Training is provided via internet or on site in injection molding, product design process and product design.

 
Pete Walters Innovation | Pete Walters
Company Name: Pete Walters Innovation
Address:
247 W. Lincoln Ave.
Barrington, IL 60010, USA
Primary Contact: Pete Walters
Phone: +1 847.521.8445
Web Site: http://www.petewaltersinnovation.com
E-Mail: pete@petewaltersinnovation.com
Regions Serviced: Global
Specialties: Injection Molding, Materials Application & Development, Product Design & Development, Project Management
Brief Description: PWI can provide innovation services from idea to production including concepts, CAD & project management. Although many products can be done, PWI's specialty is in packaging especially dispensing systems.

Overview: PWI can provide the following services:

  • Patentable ideas
  • Design strategy, critique & thinking
  • Concepts and sketching
  • Creative and analytical needs
  • CAD generation and drawings
  • Patent searches
  • Injection molding, blow molding, extrusion, and film laminate designs with manufacturing and function in mind
  • Product engineering
  • Plastics material and processing expert
  • Mentor and trainer
  • Closure, bottle, dispenser, packaging, and small mechanism designs
  • Design for hand-assembly or high-volume, high-speed assembly
  • Test protocol and validation
  • FMEA, Problem Analysis, and Decision Analysis
  • Plastic material selection
  • Cost analysis and financial justification
  • Training and mentoring
 
Polymer Diagnostics, inc. | James D. Isner
Company Name: Polymer Diagnostics inc
Address:
33587 Walker Road
Avon Lake, OH 44012, USA
Primary Contact: James D. Isner
Phone: +1 440.930.1605
Web Site: http://polymerdiagnostics.com
E-Mail: james.isner@polyone.com
Regions Serviced: Global
Specialties: Expert Witness Services, Failure Analysis & Prevention, Polymer Analysis, Vinyl Plastics
Brief Description: Polymer Diagnostics Inc. (PDI) provides world class solutions for problems in Polymer Rheology, Failure Analysis, Litigation Support, Fire Science, Weathering, Deformulation and Physical Property Evaluations.
Overview: Polymer Diagnostics Inc. (PDI) has many world-class capabilities and disciplines to provide cost-effective solutions to your polymer or material issues. Failure Analysis, Litigation Support, Compound Deformulation, Rheology, Accelerated Weathering, Physical Property evaluation or other, our mission is to become an extension of your technical staff.
 
Polymetrics LLC | Tom Haas
Company Name: Polymetrics LLC
Address:
13706 Nuttree Woods Court
Midlothian, VA 23112, USA
Primary Contact: Tom Haas
Phone: +1 804.245.4365
Web Site: N/A
E-Mail: thaas@vcu.edu
Regions Serviced: Northeast USA, Southeast USA
Specialties: Education & Training, Expert Witness Services, Failure Analysis & Prevention, Patents
Brief Description: Physical/mechanical testing including DMTA, DSC, TGA, SEM, plastic part design/failure analysis, product evaluation/testing, injection molding, manufacturing problem solving, patent infringement, consultant and expert witness
Overview: Dr. Thomas W. Haas received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from SUNY Buffalo, a M.S. degree in engineering mechanics from the Pennsylvania State University and a M.A. and Ph.D. degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Science from Princeton University in the Polymer Materials Program. His thesis advisor at Princeton was Professor Bryce Maxwell.

Dr. Haas joined Virginia Commonwealth University in 1983 as Professor and Director of the Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program, a consortium of Virginia engineering schools leading to a master’s degree in engineering delivered by interactive television from the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, George Mason University and Old Dominion University. He also served as Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs of the new School of Engineering at VCU from 1995 to 1999.

Dr.Haas is also a Past President (1982-83) of the Society of Plastic Engineers. Prior to assuming the post of Society President, he was also a member of the SPE Executive Committee and was Secretary, Second Vice President, and President Elect. He also served for 10 years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) representing the Society of Plastic Engineers.

In addition to being a Distinguished Member of SPE, he is a Fellow of the Plastics and Rubber Institute (now the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining in the U.K.) and a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Society of Rheology (SOR), and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), having served as the 2000-2001 Chair of the Central Virginia ASME Section. He is currently a past chair and Executive Director of the Richmond Joint Engineers’ Council (RJEC). RJEC is an umbrella organization encompassing professional engineering societies in the greater Richmond area.

Dr. Haas has also been elected Fellow of the Virginia Academy of Science (VAS), having served as both Secretary and Chair of the Engineering Section. He was elected President Elect of the Academy and became the 77th President at the 1998 Annual Meeting. VAS is the fifth largest science academy in the nation.

Dr. Haas recently acted as an expert for the defendant, Reynolds Consumer Products, in a suit dealing with their alleged patent infringement of a patent for a nylon plastic liner used in slow cookers. He prepared reports on patent invalidity and non-infringement and subsequently was deposed in New York City by plaintiff’s attorneys. The case went to trial in Judge Rodney Gilstrap’s court in the Federal District of East Texas (Marshal Division). During the three day trial, Dr. Haas gave testimony as the technical expert for Reynolds. After about an hour of deliberation, the Texas jury found in favor of Reynolds Consumer Product in that there was no patent infringement. The lead attorneys for plaintiff were Scott Bornstein and Allan Kassenoff, Greenberg Traurig, New York City

 
Premier Polymer & Processing Consulting Inc. | Elvira (Ella) Rabinovitch
 
Company Name: Premier Polymer & Processing Consulting Inc.
Address:
1345 Turnbridge Trail
Algonquin, IL 60102, USA
Primary Contact: Elvira (Ella) Rabinovitch
Phone: +1 847.658.1905
Web Site: http:///www.p3consultants.com
E-Mail: ella.rabinovitch@sbcglobal.net
Regions Serviced: Global
Specialties: Compounding, Extrusion, Formulation, Vinyl Plastics
Brief Description: Consult in siding, fencing, decking, window, custom profile, film, sheet industries, including compoind formulation, extrusion process, cost reduction, field failures, weatherability, act as expert technical witness, provide technical training.

Overview: Ella Rabinovitch is globally recognized expert and industry leader on polyvinyl chloride with 37+ years of experience and outstanding record of achievement in Research & Development of vinyl polymers. She worked for BF Goodrich / Geon / PolyOne (same company) for 27 years. During her career she conducted basic research on PVC, developed new compounds, worked with customers to launch new products, worked with manufacturing to establish quality control and product specifications, worked closely with raw material suppliers evaluating and approving additives for use in PVC, worked with the industry organizations to establish industry standards. She started her career as an engineer, but she was frequently promoted and  become the first female Senior R&D Fellow in the company's history. She developed expertise on formulating vinyl compounds and vinyl color concentrates, compounding, processing, weatherability, dimensional stability, long term properties, new product development and launch, performance testing, quality control, industry standards, technical selling, writing and public speaking. She published over 65 technical papers on polyvinyl chloride, received unprecedented 8 best technical paper awards from the SPE Vinyl Division, is the first female Fellow Member in 61 year history of SPE, received SPE Award for technical contribution to vinyl industry. She was a chairman of technical committees at Vinyl Window & Door Institute of the Society of Plastics Industry, Vinyl Siding Institute and American Architectural Manufacturers Association from 1976 up to 2003. She developed and worked with the industry on most of the test methods and performance standards used by the vinyl window, decking, fencing and siding industry today. She issued 6 patents on PVC. She conducted numerous seminars and developed and conducted training programs on PVC. She is presently Vice President of Premier Polymer & Processing Consulting Inc. She successfully provides technical consulting on PVC to national and international clients in Canada, South America, Europe and Asia. List of her services includes rigid and flexible PVC formulating, composites technology, foamed compound formulations, color concentrate technology, cost reduction, compounding process development, extrusion processing, productivity improvements, extrusion and product performance problem investigation and solving, technical training on PVC extrusion, weathering, testing; acting as an expert technical witness in legal cases. Examples of accomplishments:

  • Developed numerous PVC extrusion powder and pellet rigid and flexible compounds for various applications, including vinyl siding, windows, fencing, decking, custom profile weather-stripping, pondliners, films, sheet, etc.
  • Developed expertise on PVC processing morphology resulting in many publications and ability to solve customer's problems, optimize compounding, extrusion and co-extrusion process.
  • Developed expertise on PVC degradation, stabilization, weathering, lubrication, impact modification, reinforcement, which resulted in many technical publications, issuance of patents and most importantly ability to formulate for best performance at the lowest cost.
  • Developed expertise on dimensional stability of the exterior application products, resulting in development of composites with superior field performance in these applications and technical publications.
  • Conducted plant audits, identifying areas for improvement and problem solving. Increased extrusion plant productivity by 40-50%, improved product quality, reduced compound cost realizing $1.5MM/year cost savings without sacrifice in performance.
  • Acted as an expert technical witness in legal cases, resulting in client's win.
  • Trained numerous technical personnel, including engineers, plant supervisors, operators, etc
 
Probst Plastics Consulting, LLC | Ed Probst
 
Company Name: Probst Plastics Consulting, LLC
Address:
PO Box 26365
Wauwatosa, WI 53226, USA
Primary Contact: Ed Probst
Phone: +1 414.476.3096
Web Site: N/A
E-Mail: ed.probst@probstplastics.com
Regions Serviced: Global
Specialties: Education & Training, Expert Witness Services, Product Design & Development, Thermoforming
Brief Description: A consultancy that specializes in all aspects of thermoforming
Overview: Probst Plastics Consulting brings 28 years of custom plastics experience to the table. Leveraging our success in being a key contributor to the growth of Profile Plastics, a worldwide leader and innovator in heavy gauge custom thermoforming, we are able to assist you in finding opportunities for growth and profitability. We focus our service in several key areas. Design is recognized as the primary component in the success of any new product. It also dictates how the components will be manufactured. We assist in design review for manufacturability in all the primary plastics processes along with narrowing the search for materials, analyzing tooling options, new tool project management and tooling transfer programs. We also offer training seminars in how to design for thermoforming and all its variations. Proper job shop sales management keeps your backlog filled in the near and long term. We provide analysis of your current base of business along with a review of your of manufacturing capabilities to check for the proper fit and any missed market opportunities. Along with this we provide job shop focused mentoring for senior level managers and coaching for inside and outside sales associates. In addition we bring 15 years of CRM experience and assess and assist your sales team with any sales software investments and implementation. At the core of our consulting is a passion for product design, manufacturing, and sales strategies that when applied with rigor and integrity make your organization more profitable.
 
VanattaConsultants | Bill Vanatta
Company Name: VanattaConsultants
Address:
1409 Birch St
Shelbyville, TN 37160, USA
Primary Contact: Bill Vanatta
Phone: 931-224-2783
Web Site: N/A
E-Mail: billsvanatta@hotmail.com
Regions Serviced: Global
Specialties: Die Design, Education & Training, Engineering Properties & Structure, Environmental (Plastics & Recycling)
Brief Description: Technical consulting in design and manufacturing of profile, tube and other multi layer extrusion products. Use most plastic/rubber including thermoset and thermoplastic elastomers

Overview: VanattaConsultants was founded by Bill Vanatta in February 2000 after a lengthy career with Sanford. Bill has many years’ experience formulating rubber/plastics at Rubbermaid Sanford Corporation. While at Sanford, Bill was in charge of developing new rubber/plastic formulations and experimental tooling/machines. Bill is a hands-on polymer chemist and engineer. VanattaConsultants works, as a team, with your employees to manages the compete project from conception to completion. We do in plant trouble shooting, demonstrate the attributes of the equipment and train employees to operate the new equipment. Some of the products we have designed and installed are:

  1. bump medical tubing
  2. polymer writing pencil
  3. ballpoint ink welds
  4. inside house molding-chemical and gas blown
  5. drain and pressure pipe & tubing
  6. profile seals in thermoset and thermoplastic materials.
We are a consultant for engineering designers, tooling manufacturers & machine builders. Our tooling works with most plastic/rubber formulations and configurations.

VanattaConsultants is a Global plastic engineering company with experts specializing in most areas & materials of the plastic/rubber industry. We manage the complete project from conception to completion or work with you on any part of project.

We supply one line or a complete plant from material mixing, extrusion and all special sizing.

In house startup in your plant with hands on engineering is available.

The first consultation is free.

 

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