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Expert in Rubber Technology

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Tennessee (TN)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

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Having worked in the sealing industry for 15 years, Expert has extensive knowledge in developing and testing rubber compounds for the compression, injection and transfer molding process. His expertise in compound development include faster cycle times, lower scrap rates and OSHA compliant processes. Mold design, press capability and compound rheology all play an intergal part of the compression molding process.

Expert worked in the sealing industry for 15 years. Meeting the customer's sealing requirements is one of Expert's primary expertise. Expert has participated in ASTM and SAE committees and assisted in updating sealing technology test procedures.

Expert has developed several compounds which meet transfer, drive and imaging roller requirements. Expert has also developed funcitonal and static test procedures necessary to prove out roller performance.

Expert has investgated the possible effect of solvent extraction in relationship to conductive rubber performance. Expert has designed compounds that will function over a wide range of harsh environments. Solvents include MEK, Toluene and Chlorinated solutions.

Expert has developed a wide range of electrically conductive rubber compounds. His development includes both solid rubber and sponge. Several bais transfer rollers and imaging rollers have been developed based upon Expert technical expertise.

Expert has worked with most polymer compounding companies. This includes international companies. Expert expertise in this area includes but not limited to: FKM's, PU's, NBR's and EPDM's.

Expert has assisted application engineers in selecting the correct polymer in regards to the customer's application. Expert was instrumental in providing a major automotive customer with the correct polymer when converting from R22/R12 to R134 freon in their air conditioning systems.

Expert's main expertise is in rubber compounding for elastomeric sealing applications. This includes compound development, implementation and process improvements. Expert has developed over 200 compounds. Customers include automovtive, aerospace and industrial.

Expert participated in ASTM committees and contributed in updating procedures and obtaining committee approval to implement revised ASTM standards.


compression molding


compression set


conductive polymer selection


conductive rubber compound solvent effect


electrically conductive rubber


polymer compounding


polymer selection


rubber compounding


rubber durometer

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Nashville, Tennessee;  Knoxville, Tennessee;  Chattanooga, Tennessee;  and Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Often requested
with this expert:

Applied Rubber Technology, Design of Experiments, and...
Rubber and Adhesion Technology
Rubber, Polymeric Materials, Design, Testing, Production...
Bonding, Adhesion: Belt, Tire, Hose, Adhesive Failure...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1967   BS   Chemistry   Ball State Univeristy  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1992 to 2009


Ten Cate Enbi inc




Technical Manager


He is responsible for rubber compound development for new products, process and quality control of current product manufacturing, cost contaiment and technical assistance to the sales team.

1990 to 1992


Freudenberg NOK


Molded Products Division


Technical Director


He managed four laboratories and directed the compound development projects to meet customer's needs. Supported sales force in rubber compound recommendations and application engineering.

1980 to 1990


Parker Seals




Technical Director


He managed four laboratories. Served on ASTM, SAE and Aerospace committees. As Technical Director he specifically worked with Aerospace companies in resolving the Challenger o-ring failure and it's resolution.

1978 to 1980


International Packings Corporation




Plant Chemist


He assisted in the new plant start-up. After completion of the plant start-up, he managed the quality department and rubber laboratories.

Career Accomplishments:

ACS Rubber Division, Fort Wayne Rubber Group, Rubber Roller Group, Ohio Rubber Group.

Publications and Patents Summary

He is currently writing a brief article on "Why Hire a Rubber Chemist?". The article focuses on those attributes that a rubber chemist can bring to the table. Those attributes that most managers overlook when utilizing a rubber chemist in their day to day operations.

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1985 to 1986   Wright Patterson AFB   Technical Advisor   He designed and implemented work statement regarding high temperature sealing applications.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He developed a project plan in order to supply conductive imaging rollers to two major business machine customers.
  • He worked with a custom mixer inorder to develop compounds for a customer's specific application in seal technology.
  • He worked with a law firm and supplier in litigation regarding an O-ring failure. His expertise help prove that the supplier was not at fault.
  • He worked with a supplier of conductive tubing who was losing the tube conductivity after exposure to the outside environment. Root cause was determined.
  • He worked with a major automotive supplier in resolving a seal failure in an effort to find root cause.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in Rubber Seal Issue.
  • Rubber expert for consulting on Temperature effects on Viton B.
  • Expert for consulting on Resolution of EPDM brake piston seal leak issue.
  • Expert for consulting on Deteriation of conductivity in conductive rubber.
  • Expert for consulting on Rubber Molding Technical Writer
  • Expert for consulting on Elastomeric materials for use in diaphragm pump
  • Expert for consulting on Caracterise the parameters who affect the tack on rubber.
  • Expert in Semi Conductive Rubber to assist with material selection.
  • Expert in reverse engineering synthetic rubber for consulting rubber compounding for shoe industry.
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:
He has given depositions in two court cases as an expert in the field of rubber technology. Recently hired as an expert witness regarding a seal failure investigation lawsuit.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on product liability/personal injury due to polyurethane shoe sole disintegrating.
  • Hydraulic seals expert for consulting on seals in patent litigation related to hydraulic seals.
  • O-ring failure expert testimony for consulting on o-ring failure.
  • Expert in rubber adhesion for litigation involving problem with piston in transmission.
  • Rim seal adhesion issue
  • Expert in rubber molding and design needed.
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
1995 to 2000   Europe (Hungary, Netherlands, France)   He assisted in the localization for compound formulation into the US from Europe.
1996 to 1996   Singapore   He designed and implemented rubber custom mixing capabilites in a large roller manufacturing plant.
1991 to 1991   Japan   He transferred a rubber molding process from Japan to US gaining customer approval to manufacture in US.
1998 to 1998   Mexico   He designed a quality assurance system to insure the customer that the product would meet their quality standards.

Market Research:
He has experience in developing new products for automotive, aerospace and business machine industries. He understands the customer's expectations and methods for securing new business. He is highly recommended by various customers as a team player who can turn the custome's needs into a reality. He is task oriented and can meet deadlines.

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:

He has developed a rubber training seminar for company sales force as well as presented several seminars in rubber technology to customers and technical groups.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

He has knowledge in outsourcing and locating raw material suppliers in regards to rubber compound development and cost containment.

Other Skills and Services

He has experience in the education field and has a sincere desire to instruct inexperienced employees. He is a former high school science instructor.


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