Intellex Acquires Expert by Big Village

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Expert Details

Glass Technology and Manufacturing

ID: 108272 California, USA

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SODA-LIME GLASS MANUFACTURING; GLASS CONTAINER. Expert has expertise in many aspects of the commercial container and tableware manufacturing of soda lime glass. His 27 year technical management career and six years as an independent consultant has focused on all aspects of glass production. These have included considerations of raw materials, batch formulation, designing and operating melting furnaces, process control for glass temperature conditioning, and satisfying environmental requirements.

GLASS TECHNOLOGY; GLASS BATCH FORMULATION; GLASS DEFECT IDENTIFICATION. Expert has established and specified raw material quality standards and vendor partnerships. He has defined batch formulations for desired glass properties, color development, and optimized melting properties. He has worked to define quality specifications and processing requirements for glass recycling and has evaluated alternate raw material substitutions. He is also familiar with glass testing requirements, defect identification, and fracture analysis procedures.
Consulting areas:
- Batch Formulation Calculations
- color changes, color development & control
- glass defect identification and elimination

GLASS MELTING FURNACES. A significant portion of Expert's career has been involved with all phases of continuous glass melting furnaces. He has designed, purchased, constructed, operated, and audited all-electric and gas, electric boosted, and oil fired regenerative furnaces. These efforts have included budget development, specifying refractories, choosing combustion equipment, contractor selection, choosing instrumentation. He has also determined operating procedures for optimizing energy efficiency, satisfying glass quality requirements, and optimizing furnace life. Expert is very knowledgeable about issues involving 100% oxygen fired melting conversions. He also conducts customized training programs for operators and technicians.

GLASS MELTING FURNACE AIR EMISSIONS. Expert has had significant involvement with air emission generation and control issues for glass melting furnaces. This has included efforts to minimize particulate, SOX, and NOX by process modifications and evaluating alternative add-on control equipment. He has played an active role in the process for California (CARB & SCAQMD) and Federal (EPA) Rule Development for glass furnaces.
Consulting areas:
- Project concept and scope definition, budget development and control
- Refractory Applications, Design Review, and Purchasing considerations
- Contractor Selection, Compliance Control, Schedule Development, Cost Control, Owner Representation

GLASS MELTING OPERATIONS. Expert has performed audits and troubleshooting of furnace and forehearth areas. He has worked with energy conservation and cost reduction programs. Additionally, he has conducted refractory inspections for life expectations and replacement considerations.
Consulting areas:
- Audits, Training and "Trouble Shooting" of Furnace and Forehearth areas
- Energy Conservation and Cost Reduction programs
- Refractory Inspections for life expectations and replacement considerations
- Optimization of operating parameters
- Training to develop improved Employee performance

Consulting areas:
- specification and quality monitoring systems
- vendor assessments
- material substitutions

- Operation optimization for Particulate, SOx, NOx
- Compliance assessment and review

- Industry Orientation Presentations and Introductions
- Meeting / Workshop Development, Representation, Reports
- Technology Assessment / Feasibility Studies / Executive
- Summary Reports / Topical Seminar Presentations


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1965 Degree: B.S. Subject: Ceramic Engineering Institution: University of Illinois

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1992 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Glass Industry Consultant Department:
Independent Consultant since 1992; background and abilities to assist organizations in a number of important areas. From a phone consultation or document review, to an office or site visit.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1977 to 1992 Employer: Kerr Glass Mfg. Corp Title: Divisional VP Department: Batch and Furnace Engineering
Manager of corporate technical staff, responsible for supporting glass container manufacturing plants. Implement technology improvements into production operations for increasing productivity, cost reductions, and energy efficiency.

- Glass Technology: Raw Material Specifications and technical communications with suppliers, Batch Formulations, and Glass Quality target definitions for maximizing production and improving costs.
- Furnace Design: Refractory selection for optimizing service requirements, design parameters for operating performance, Instrumentation and Combustion system
- Furnace Rebuilds: Direct responsibility for all refractory material purchasing, contractor selection, field construction supervision, design evaluation, project coordination and cost control.
- Furnace Operations: Monitoring of daily plant operating data. Support plant personnel with establishment of operating procedures, training seminars, routine audits. Assist with plant programs for cost reductions, quality improvements, and tighter process control. Coordinate environmental compliance requirements for air emissions.
- Budget Development: cost justification, and project management (typical project size $3-5 million+)
- Corporate Reporting: of furnace performance, glass production, costs and energy consumption analyses
- Environmental Issues: compliance responsibility for furnace air emissions (NOX, SOX & Particulate) and hazardous waste disposal of refractory flue debris
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1972 to 1977 Employer: Federal Glass Title: Department Mgr. - Glass Development and Furances Department:
Responsible for all glass production of soda-lime and borosilicate tableware operations. Department consisted of two engineers, three supervisors, and 33 hourly employees. Activities included developing new glass colors into production, melting furnace fuel conversions, energy conservation, and cost reductions in raw material substitution programs.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1968 to 1972 Employer: Glass Containers Corp. Title: Area Furnace Engineer Department:
Corporate Staff support of nine production plants for operational training and "trouble shooting." Responsibility to Engineering for projection of furnace rebuild forecasts and inspection of construction for compliance with design specifications.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1965 to 1968 Employer: Anchor Hocking Glass Co. Title: Department Head of Batch and Furnace Department:
Joined immediately after college graduation and entered extensive training program for placement into their manufacturing division. Responsible for start-up of new batching facility in Fla. Two years as Department Head of Batch & Furnace in Calif.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Phoenix Award Committee; member
Glass Problems Conference Advisory Board 1984-2009 (15 papers presented)
Professional Appointments
Glass Packaging Institute (Industry Trade Assn.)- Glass Firing Task Group; Chairman
Phoenix Award Committee; Chairman
Awards / Recognition
American Ceramic Society; Fellow
Society of Glass Technology; Fellow
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has authored, presented, and published a number of technical papers relating to glass production issues.

Glass Problems Conference Advisory Board 1984-2009 (15 papers presented)
American Ceramic Society (4 technical papers)

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has performed services as an expert witness in jury trial and both domestic and international arbitration.
Training / Seminars
Expert teaches a variety of seminars at American Glass Research regarding glass melting operations. He also conducts on site training on a variety of production subjects at manufacturing sites.
Vendor Selection
Expert has experience locating vendors of glass making raw materials, glass container manufacturing equipment, glass furnace refractories and combustion/ temperature process control.

He has access to the following resources to aid in vendor location: personal experience and industry contacts.
Marketing Experience
Expert does not get involved with Sales/Marketing issues, but can discuss a variety of manufacturing issues which contribute to manufacturing costs.

Fields of Expertise

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