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 Expert  107751

Expert in Polymer Foam Process & Materials

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

New York (NY)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness

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Expert is an Adjunct Professor in the Packaging Science Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he teaches plastics processing and research methods. He has extensive experience with the extrusion and thermoforming of cellular plastics, especially polystyrene foam. He is knowledgeable of the polystyrene resin degradation impact on foam properties and the shear rate viscosity data for polystyrene blowing agent mixtures. He is familiar with product design and prototype development and can assist with equipment procurement. Expert can supply and set up laboratory equipment for the characterization of foam sheet and products including cell size, orientation, and open cell content.

Expert has conducted fundamental studies of properties related to process variables. He developed a process for production of tough and flexible meat trays. Expert is proficient with developing tests to study cell size, volatile content, orientation, and mechanical properties. He managed the development of a unique recycling system based on thermal densification. He can help with manufacturing cost estimates and competitive product testing. Expert managed the implementation of McDonald's foam product containers. He is knowledgeable of the foam market (including institutional and consumer segments), plant design, start-up and safety requirements, emission (VOC) studies, microwave applications of foam products, and tooling design and fabrication. He has applied statistical process control, design of experiments, process capability studies, and quality criteria and test methods to polymer foam processes. Expert has access to a 3 1/2" by 4 1/2" foam extrusion line and can supply foam sheet samples and conduct developmental projects. He can also supply prototype tooling and semi-commercial quantities of products for early market testing.

Expert is experienced in developing new plastic products. This includes trash bags (he developed 2-ply and cinch sak products for Hefty), food product containers, and TFPP microwaveable product containers. He has conducted fitness-for-use customer interviews, developed a system for screening new product ideas, and has strong technical-marketing skills. His vendor contacts enable Expert to obtain semi-commercial quantities of new products. Because of his strong project management background, he can deliver management presentations related to manufacturing costs, capital requirements, and methods to reduce time-to-market. Expert has assisted in the development of a modified atmosphere packaging system (machine and packaging material) to extend the shelf life of fresh cut red meat.

Expert has experience with low-cost thermoforming tooling and thermoforming productivity improvements. He led the development of a unique steam operated thermoformer for polystyrene foam and of a new Irwin thermoformer that yielded a 50% productivity improvement for OPS. He has used laboratory equipment to test full-scale production methods.


cellular plastic


expandable polystyrene


polystyrene foam


foam material


polymer foam process


plastic product development



Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Buffalo, New York;  Rochester, New York;  Syracuse, New York;  Utica, New York;  and Niagara Falls, New York.

Often requested
with this expert:

Polyurethane Foam Formulations/ Processes,Automotive...
Packaging Economics, Supply Chain, Benchmarking, Products,...
Polyurethane (PU) Materials Development for various...
Plastic Failure Analysis, Expert Witness

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1969   PhD   Polymer Chemistry   Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute  
1964   BS   Chemistry   St. Peters College  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1994 to


(Undisclosed Consulting Company)




1969 to 1994


Mobil Chemical Company



He worked in capacities from Research Chemist through Manager of New Business Development.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of the American Chemical Society, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Packaging Professionals, and the Society of Plastics Engineers.


He has received three Mobil Technical Excellence Awards.

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has 18 patents and 10 publications.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Science and Technology of Polymer Processing Proceedings, International Conference  
 - Society of Plastics Engineering  
 - Journal of Cellular Plastics  
 - Journal of Polymer Science  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description

Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in Wire coating/insulation processes using solvent based systems.
  • Polystyrene expert for consulting on foam extrusion quality improvements.
  • Expert in Development of Plastic Foam.
  • EPS expert for consulting on EPS department.
  • Quality control expert in statisical process control in new york area for consulting on Implement SPC to quality control.
  • PLA plastic expert for consulting on Inquiry.
  • Expert to assist in Switching from PVC to Polyethylene film
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in FDAcompliance food packaging.
  • Polyurethane foam expert witness for consulting on Polyurethane foam.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary

Additional Skills and Services:
Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has experience locating vendors of thermoformed prototypes, thermoforms, and semi-commercial quantities of thermoformed packaging products.


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