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 Expert  728952

Expert in Process/Materials Development and Optimization in the Pulp, Paper and Nonwovens Industries


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Wisconsin (WI)
USA
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Expert has 30 years experience producing fibers and structures designed to yield optimal absorbent performance on a variety of substrates (water, oils, urine, menses, etc.). Expert's structures have been adapted and implemented in numerous consumer and B2B products currently on the market.
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absorbent material

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absorbent paper

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absorbent technology

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web (material)

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composite structure

Expert has extensive experience in the design, installation, start-up, and optimization of deinking plants. Careful study of the operating characteristics of each piece of equipment ensures the right selection for each particular application. Expert has designed and started up 10 deinking plants globally using various configurations of the following technologies:

• Drum and high speed belt washers. • Shaft and disk dispergers. • Oxidative and reductive bleaching and decolorizing. • Flotation cells. • Slotted and perforated screens. • Forward and reverse cleaners. • High, medium, and low consistency pulpers.

Expert is well versed in the design and optimization of water systems and also has significant experience with chemical applications and recognition and solution of chemical interferences.

Expert has designed and started up deinking plants from 35 to 1000 tonnes per day using a variety of grades of recovered paper, including:

• Office paper • Coated book • Ledger grades • Old newsprint • Old corrugated containers

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materials recycling

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pulp de-inking

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reclaimed pulp-and-paper fiber

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recycled material

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recycled paper manufacturing

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recycled pulp-and-paper fiber

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recycling

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secondary fiber

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water distribution

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water reclamation

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paper recycling

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reclaimed fiber

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pulp-and-paper technology

Expert has extensive experience in the design, installation, start-up, and optimization of mills producing a variety of paper grades. Careful study of the operating characteristics of each piece of equipment and knowledge of the principles of operation ensure optimal process performance. Expert has extensive experience with a number of paper mills around the world and is knowledgeable about the following operations:

• Stock prep. • Forming. • Pressing. • Drying. • Slitting and rewinding

Expert has modified and started up pulp mills from 30 to 1400 tonnes per day producing a variety of paper grades, including:

• Tissue • Fine papers • Specialty papers • Newsprint • Coated and uncoated grades • Packaging grades

Expert has also been involved in a number of paper mill redesigns, expansions, and retrofits to increase throughput, reduce fiber costs, develop more efficient water use strategies, and improve quality.

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paper

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bond paper

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lightweight paper

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paper chemistry

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paper structure

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paper testing

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papermaking

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pulp testing

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pulp-and-paper processing water reuse

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pulp-and-paper testing

Expert has extensive experience in the design, installation, start-up, and optimization of virgin fiber production facilities. Careful study of the operating characteristics of each piece of equipment and knowledge of the principles of operation ensure optimal process performance. Expert has worked with a number of pulp mills around the world and is knowledgeable about the following operations:

• Batch and continuous pulping, (kraft, sulfite, CTMP, groundwood). • Brown stock washing, including pressure washers. • Oxidative and reductive bleaching. • Slotted and perforated screens. • Forward cleaners. • Pulp dryers.

Expert has led the design and start-up of pulp mills from 50 to 1400 tonnes per day using a variety of fiber sources, including:

• Northern softwood • Southern softwood • Mixed hardwood • Aspen • Maple • Eucalyptus

Expert has also been active in the development of intellectual property:

• Designed, implemented, and started-up two different pilot/research facilities for pulping and bleaching, including lay-out, equipping, staffing, qualification and start-up of a comprehensive testing facility. Pilot facility is used for research and operations support for eight global pulp mills. • Invented a pulp modification technique to reduce energy requirements for drying by 30 percent and increase finished product bulk by nearly 70 percent. Process implemented in 10 different tissue operations. • Invented a fiber treatment to perform three-stage bleaching in the same operation while increasing finished product bulk. • Five US Patents related to fiber modification. • One US Patent related to broke recycling in tissue operations. • Four US Patents related to absorbency improvement

Expert has also been involved in a number of pulp mill redesigns, expansions, and retrofits to increase throughput, reduce fiber costs, and improve quality.

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pulp mill

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pulp bleaching

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pulp equipment

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pulp manufacturing

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pulp-and-paper processing

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pulping

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sulfate pulping

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sulfite pulping

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board

Expert has extensive experience in the design, installation, start-up, and optimization of airlaid production lines. Careful study of the operating characteristics of each section of the line and knowledge of the principles of operation ensure optimal process performance. Expert has extensive experience with a number of airlaid mills around the world and are knowledgeable about the following operations:

• Fluff pulp and fiberizing operations. • Synthetic fiber addition systems. • Air forming. • Compaction and embossing. • Curing and drying ovens. • Web handling and converting. • Particulate addition systems. • Latex addition and bonding.

Expert has led the modification and start-up of airlaid lines from 30 to 300 tonnes per day using both DanWeb and M&J technology.

Expert has been active in the development of intellectual property and proprietary product redesigns:

• Led absorbent material re-design for product improvement in FDA compliant industry. • Led proprietary material development to increase product absorbent capacity over 200%. • Four US Patents related to product/materials absorbency improvement. • Three US Patents related to process efficiency improvement.

Expert has also been involved in a number of airlaid line redesigns, expansions, and retrofits to increase throughput, reduce fiber costs, and improve quality.

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nonwoven fabric

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fiber web forming

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nonwoven fabric manufacturing


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Milwaukee, Wisconsin;  Madison, Wisconsin;  Green Bay, Wisconsin;  Appleton, Wisconsin;  Waukesha, Wisconsin;  Oshkosh, Wisconsin;  and Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Often requested
with this expert:

Durable Applications for Nonwovens, Quality Management...
Absorbent Technology
Textile Fibers
Baby Diapers, Non-Woven, Absorbent Products, Films, Wipes,...

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1980   BS   Chemistry   Michigan Technological University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2004 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 


 

President

 

As president of a successful manufacturing process consulting company Expert is focused on improving clients' profitability by using technical excellence and focused experimentation techniques to increase process efficiency, reduce waste, develop structures with improved function, choose optimal raw materials and implement efficient and effective quality control systems in their fiber- and web-based businesses.

1980 to 2003

 

Kimberly-Clark Corp.

 

Various

 

Senior Research Scientist

 

Expert's broad and deep technical knowledge regarding the production, modification, and use of fibers to engineer specialized structures led to the implementation of many of his developments throughout the Family Care and Personal Care businesses.


Publications:
Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Nonwovens World  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2009 to 2009   Iowa Prison Industries   Consultant   Produced feasibility study for construction of an inmate-operated bath tissue production line.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Developed method to turn cigarette filter material into medical gauze pad substitutes.
  • Developed method to reduce dust in thermal bonded airlaid by 80 percent.
  • Solved bleed-through problem when applying aromatic to personal care substrate.
  • Developed cement additive manufactured from paper mill sludge.
  • Developed method of manufacture for next-generation paper towel.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in web slitting for consulting on The Cutting Of Absorbent Materials.
  • Paper machine expert for consulting on Seeking Tissue Machine Design Manager.
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 consulted as an expert witness during three separate litigations regarding potential patent infringement with respect to pulping equipment design.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in Paper.
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
2007 to 2007   Italy   Optimized airlaid machine to reach design output and quality.
2004 to 2005   Canada   Developed method to reduce dust in thermal bonded airlaid by 80 percent.
2009 to 2010   Viet Nam   Helped paper recycler meet production targets and improve quality with existing equipment.
2006 to 2006   Turkey   Solved bleed-through problem for personal care product manufacturer so that aromatic add-on did not contaminate absorbent layer.
2005 to 2005   Turkey   Worked with paper manufacturer to develop paper grade suitable for the manufacture of tea bags.

Market Research:
One of Expert's particular strengths is the multi-sector experience he provides. This allows Expert to recognize potential cross-sector solutions to problems that may not be obvious to less experienced or more narrowly focused consultants.

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:
Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

30 years of industry contacts have given Expert a remarkably wide network of equipment and material suppliers with which he maintains a friendly working relationship.

Other Skills and Services

Expert has had formalized training in both Organizational Leadership and Entrepreneurial Development and leverages both to his clients' advantage.


 

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