Specialty Chemicals Manufacturing and Polymer Compounding Consultant

Technical Consultant #2072


Expertise

  • Plastic pipe manufacturing.
  • Extrusion process design.
  • Compounding plastics and processes.
  • Quality management and continuous improvement/ISO 9001 implementation.
  • 6 sigma analysis for chemical and extrusion processes.
  • Scale up of chemical processes.
  • Product cost and business analysis.
  • Product pricing and market segmentation for specialty chemicals.
  • Production forecasting modeling.

Expert Witness Experience

  • Managed all claims for a well-known petroleum municipal distributor.

Experience

Undisclosed Company, President, 2013 - Present

  • Developing and manufacturing intermediary chemicals for the petroleum and chemical industries.
  • Specialty products for the drilling, medical and polymer industries.
  • Consulting on chemical processes, polymer pipe for oil exploration and production, and product pricing market space analysis.

Phillips 66 Company, Houston, TX, Chief Engineer, 2012 - 2013

  • Scale up CPreme┬« (lithium ion battery anode) production process and verify operating costs.
  • Developed and design mill processing for CPreme commercial plant.
  • Developed fluidbed calcining process for CPreme commercial plant.
  • Validated commercial processing costs via testing and engineering design calculations.
  • Significant operating cost reductions were achieved.

ConocoPhillips Co., Houston, TX, 2001 - 2012

Marketing Manager, 2007 - 2012

  • Performed value in use product analysis for lithium ion anode materials that justified 10-15% price premium for CoP (Chemical oil Products) products.
  • Developed marketing strategy for product positioning and pricing for heavy oil products that allowed CSPI to retain excellent product margins with a new product in a new market.
  • Provides analysis of strategic feedstocks to CSPI and their associated impact on COGS.
  • Developed pricing models for procurement group on all critical feedstocks.

Director of Business Analysis and 6-Sigma, 2003 - 2007

  • Obtained capital project approval of a fueling station at Freeport-Seaway Crude Terminal.
  • Determining LNG (Liquid Natural Gas), tanker values (spot market values. Time charter and spot market vs. purchase).
  • Negotiated fuel contracts.
  • Quantified fuel quality impacts on fleet operations.
  • Developed fuel testing protocol to ensure vessel operation.
  • Optimal dredge interval to maintain Clifton ridge draft.
  • Fleet fueling, optimization (Freeport vs. Lake Charles).
  • Vessel hull fouling and cleaning interval.
  • Vessel hull optimal coatings.
  • Motor maintenance cost, (repair or replace).
  • Lost profit opportunity metrics for fleet operations.

Product Development Manager, 2001 - 2003

  • Responsible for technology, quality, production, and marketing efforts non-automotive.
  • Negotiated tolled (outsourced / 3rd-party) manufacturing processes.
  • Implemented custom processes within carbon fiber commercial plant.
  • Developed contingency production plans for manufacturing of commercial products.
  • Secured first sales contract in business unit.
  • Developed pricing and market penetration plans.

Ico Inc. , Houston, TX, Business, 1997 - 2001

Development Manager, 1998 - 2001

  • Prepared financial analysis on existing business units, potential new investments and, possible acquisitions for ICO corporate.
  • Evaluated new acquisitions for plastics processing, oilfield services, and internet B2B.
  • Used supply chain analysis, value added analysis, real-options and risk management tools to estimate the financial impact of investments.
  • Developed new products that leverage ICO Ink's manufactured feedstocks.
  • Optimized existing plant processes.
  • Filed five patent applications; 3 new products and 2 process patents.
  • Improved coating division gross margin by 50%.

Plant Manager, LaPorte, TX, 1997 - 2001

  • Managed 6 compounding production units.
  • Supervised 42 employees having a capacity of 60 million pounds per year.
  • Implemented new procedures for ISO 9001.
  • Increased productivity 20% by organizing staff and scheduling.
  • Created database that linked employee performance measures with production-reporting.
  • Created new hire training and safety programs.

Phillips Petroleum Company, Richardson TX, 1989 - 1997

Quality Lead/Process Engineer, Driscopipe Division, 1993 - 1997

  • Administered ISO 9001 quality system for 6 production locations that produced gas and water distribution piping components.
  • Coordinated PPI/DOT (Pixel Per Inch/Dot Per Millimeter) product validation testing, maintained validation while at the same time cut validation testing costs by 50%.
  • Participated in industry association meetings (AWWA, NSF, PPI, CSA, IAPMO).
  • Coordinated research investigations and risk management for product failures and customer complaints.
  • Developed technical programs for defect reduction at plant locations using experimental design and statistical techniques.
  • Reduced operating cost by 10% with changes to testing and feedstock specification.
  • Coordinated company litigation.
  • Created sales forecasting models with overlay on working capital and inventory turns.
  • Optimized Driscopipe's extrusion processes and evaluated extruder screw designs.
  • Improved business unit gross margin by 40% implementing feedstock source changes and supply chain management.

Process Engineer, American Thermoplastics Division, Houston, TX, 1992 - 1993

  • Conducted numerous studies using an experimental design approach to increase production rates and improve product quality.
  • Made process improvements for the Manufacture of Ryton (PPS), and Marlex (HDPE).
  • Improved Plant Productivity by 10% (HDPE-Processing).
  • Improved Product Losses by 30% (Ryton PPS).

Lab Supervisor, Bartlesville, OK, Chemical Division, 1989 -1993

  • Responsible for pilot plant operations.
  • Manufactured developmental materials for customer evaluation.
  • Supervised technician staff.
  • Specified twin screw, single-screw, co-kneader, and FCMs extrusion processes for new products; PPS, HDPE and PP, PMP-Polymethylpentene.
  • Performed technical service calls and customer presentations as needed.
  • Coordinated equipment design between research and development and corporate-engineering for new products.

Dexter Plastics Inc., Grand Prairie, TX, Project and Process Engineer, 1987 - 1989

  • Developed products and the extrusion processes to supply products for specific customer applications in the automobile industry.
  • Developed reactive extrusion processes.
  • Conducted ASTM tests, operated injection molding machines, and made technical service calls.
  • Responsible for formulation, lab evaluation, customer samples and process scale-up.

Honors & Publications

Credentials

  • ISO 9001 Lead Auditor
  • 6 Sigma Certificate
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery Fundamentals
  • Experimental Design

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Plastics Engineers
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Publications and Patents

  • Author of a publication numerous patents filed.

Education

  • MBA Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ
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