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 Expert  717438

Expert in Packaging Economics, Supply Chain, Benchmarking, Products, Processes, Market Data, Design, Financial

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Minnesota (MN)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

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Expert has both a theoretical background and hands-on knowledge of extrusion processes of all types, including coatings, lamination, and film production. He has broad experience with these processes and the corresponding equipment. He has worked on the production floor with the most sophisticated extrusion, coextrusion, and extrusion/coextrusion coating operations. He has worked extensively with resins, including PVDC, EVOH, nylon, and the full range of polyolefin resins (including metallocene).



coextrusion coating


extrusion laminating


film extrusion

Expert has experience designing products from virtually every available flexible film, particularly for packaging designs. He also has experience manufacturing most of the individual films or laminates that make up the product design. Expert has knowledge of a wide variety of film and film laminates, including their important advantages and normal uses. Each film or laminate has many properties, such as barriers to moisture, oxygen, and flavor; mechanical properties involving tensile strength, elongation, COF, and machinability; and chemical properties, such as resistance to hydrocarbons or grease. Expert has worked for over 20 years to build his knowledge of films and laminates, each of their characteristics and real world experience on how to apply them to applications. He has worked with biaxially-oriented film, blown film, cast film, and extruded film.

barrier film technology


barrier polymer


biaxially oriented film


blown film


cast film


plastic film


polymer film production


polymer-film laminate


polyolefin film

Expert has designed flexible packages from nearly every available flexible substrate. He has integrated the needs of the end user and the packaging producer, both technically and economically. He has worked with market plans, pricing, and in the area of new product development. This includes the market development, although Expert's work typically included the development of a new product, not just the development of a new market for an existing product.

flexible barrier packaging material


flexible packaging film


flexible packaging laminate


flexible packaging material production

While with Rexam, Expert worked extensively with medical device packaging materials. He is knowledgeable of ISO and GMP programs associated with marketing and manufacturing plastic films for accounts such as Baxter International, Becton Dickinson, and Johnson & Johnson. He managed strategic and technical goals of marketing, product, process, and application teams.

medical device packaging material

Expert has experience designing packages from a variety of plastic materials. He is familiar with the manufacture of plastic sheet and the use of thermoforming. He has worked extensively with folding cartons, where a lamination of board and plastic film is used.

moisture-barrier packaging material


plastic packaging material


water vapor barrier packaging material


multi-layered packaging material

Expert has experience with polymer processing and the resultant properties of most polymers. He can apply specific polymers for the end use application and take into account the myriad variables involved in processing the polymer into a final product.

polymer application


polymer property

With his broad experience in the plastics and flexible packaging industries, Expert can profile most participants and many of their products currently on the market. He knowledge also lends itself to competitive intelligence within the plastics industry.

plastics industry

Expert has worked his entire career closely associated with the new product development process. An extremely important aspect of this process is determining market potential. Expert has become very adept at the entire new product development process through over 20 years working in this field. His work has involved not just developing the market and the product itself, but also the process used to produce the product.

new product design

Expert has extensive knowledge of the production and application of shrink films, barrier shrink films, shrink bags, and barrier shrink bags. He has on-the-production-floor experience making these products with the biaxial orientation process. He also has experience marketing shrink wrapped films to end users.

shrink wrapping


barrier film

Expert has specified and used a wide variety of polymers for heat seal materials. He has worked with polyethylenes, EVA, EAA, LLDPE, VLDPE, ULDPE, ionomers, metallocenes (including Dow Affinity and Exxon Exact), random copolymer polypropylenes, and metallocene polypropylenes. Applications include high hot tack materials (ionomer, LLDPE, and new metallocene) for vertical form fill sealing applications. EVA and very low-density materials in combination with irradiation for low-temperature shrink bags. Expert has detailed knowledge of peelable heat seal materials for the medical packaging market, where very exact peel characteristics and tamper evidence are required.

heat-sealable polymer

Expert has been involved with polyethylene for over 20 years. He has packaging design and processing experience with high-pressure polyethylene, including the subtle variations in the resins made from autoclave and tubular reactors. EVA resins, especially for shrink applications, are well-known to Expert. He worked for Union Carbide when the first low-pressure linear low-density polyethylene resins were introduced. He has worked with very low-density, ultra low-density and metallocene products as they have been developed and introduced into the marketplace. Expert knows the packaging performance characteristics and processing parameters for all of these materials.


Expert has extensive experience and has developed a very sophisticated software and content tool for economic analysis.

chemical process economics


economic loss analysis


economic market development


economically-important plant


engineering cost


engineering economics


environmental economic analysis


operating cost analysis


project cost control


project cost engineering

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Minneapolis, Minnesota;  Saint Paul, Minnesota;  Rochester, Minnesota;  Burnsville, Minnesota;  Saint Cloud, Minnesota;  Eden Prairie, Minnesota;  Minnetonka, Minnesota;  and Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Often requested
with this expert:

Package Development and Testing
Plastics: Extrusion & Flexible Packaging
Package Manufacturing, Plastic/ Paper Packaging, Plastic...
Food Packaging, Retail Products Packaging, Foodservice...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1983   MBA   Marketing   University of Chicago/Lewis University  
1976   BS   Mechanical Engineering   University of Illinois  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title  

1996 to







1993 to 1996


Graphic Packaging Corporation


Product & Process Development




1990 to 1993


Rexam Medical Packaging Corp .



Director of Technology


1988 to 1990


Expert Associates





1985 to 1988


Bemis Company


Printing and Sealing R&D




1981 to 1985


Bemis Company



Business Manager


1976 to 1981


Bemis Company



Extrusion Manager


Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of the Institute of Packaging Professionals and the Packaging Consultants Council.


Expert is a registered Professional Engineer and Packaging Professional.

Professional Appointments

Expert served as Conference Chairman for Flex Pak Asia '97 (September), Flex Pak '98 (March), and Film Pack '98 (December). He served as the technical advisor to Packaging Strategies Newsletter for five years.

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has three awarded patents and other patent applications in process. Expert has approximately 5,000 published pages.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Allied Development Corp.  
 - Packaging Strategies  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert has consulted on-site for many companies for market analysis and strategy.
  • Expert has consulted on-site for many companies for the purpose of product and process development.
  • Expert has consulted on-site for many companies for the purpose of benchmarking and economic analysis.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Consulting on Specification and Testing of Plastic Film for Medical Disposable.
  • Polypropylene film expert for consulting on Seal strength on PP blend containers.
  • Expert for consulting on Stand Up Pouch Input.
  • Expert in semi-rigid sheet for medical device packaging needed for consulting.
  • Cast film extrusion expert for consulting on training and plant setup.
  • PLA plastic expert for consulting on Inquiry.
  • Expert to assist in Switching from PVC to Polyethylene film
  • Polyethylene compounding expert for consulting on Polyethylene Bag Materials Selection.
  • Medical device packaging expert for consulting on blister packaging of contact lenses.
  • Expert in polyethylene for consulting on producing a pyramid-shaped flexible, collapsible, disposable plastic "bag/vessel" with fitment at the tip of the pyramid.
  • Expert for consulting on IVD Test Fluid Container Design.
  • Expert for consulting on Marketing of BIO-based thermo plastic for blow molding.
  • Plastic recycling expert for consulting on data from lab regarding irrigation tubing for the agricultural market.
  • Expert for consulting on CRP - Continious thread Reusable Cap.
  • Plastic film expert to consult on a sealing problem related to bi oriented polyolefin shrink film, to make a formulation for a calendared PVC film, and to develop a plastic paper film.
  • Expert in packaging for consulting on a design for medical devise.
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:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert has worked extensively in the capacity of packaging expert witness.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in engineering for consulting on litigation involving the design of coffee cups.
  • Expert in flexible packaging material for US Customs taxation case.
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:
Country / Region   Summary
Europe   Expert has traveled to Europe on many occasions for product and process development.

Market Research:
Expert has marketed shrink films, shrink bags, barrier shrink films, and barrier shrink bags. These products are made with biaxial orientation technology and provide very special properties for the end user. This category does not include shrink films made with blown film technology, although Expert has marketed these products as well. Expert has also marketed medical device packaging and is knowledgeable of the requirements associated with Good Manufacturing Practices and ISO guidelines.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Expert has worked extensively on internal process training.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has experience locating vendors of Packaging sources and Plastic materials.


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