Consultant, Kevin Kennedy Associates Inc.
Senior Material Engineer, Off The Road Tire Programs, GY Tech. Center, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Akron OH
Initiated and reviewed lab studies designed to test different and new-to-be evaluated raw materials. Monitored Permafoam production of Underground Mine Tires. Worked with Latin American plants to establish RPA limits for Off-the-Road (OTR) tire Compounds. Developed a substitute to Latin American Grader tread compound for better Chipping / chunking characteristics. Provided technical assistance to manufacturing, marketing, and sales worldwide. Participated in monthly OTR European Business Unit Team Conference Calls to discuss processing, materials and field performance. Worked with regional development teams for Off-the-Road tires. Constant contact with Field Engineers to receive up-to-date feedback on existing and Newly - developed products. Member of the Global Off-the-Road Tire Development Team. Managed allocated resources and assets for improvement of productivity and minimization of waste, redundancy, and product costs. Instrumental in calculating cost reduction by minimizing reliance of the use of high-priced Natural rubber in the manufacturing of Off-the-Road tires.
Chief Chemist, Turkey Adapazari Plant, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Enhanced plant’s product yield by decreasing plant scrap produced by the calendaring, mixing, extrusion, and curing areas in the Turkey Adapazari plant.
Senior Material Engineer, Agriculture Tire Development, GY Technical Center, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Akron OH
Conducted and assisted plants with the implementation of material development programs that enabled the product to meet service demands. Evaluated outside sources for different raw materials to improve product and maximize returns. Initiated and implemented cure reduction program for Agricultural and Terra Tires produced at Freeport Illinois’s plant, considerable cost reduction was accomplished.
Senior Tire Compounder, Topeka Kansas Plant, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Factory processing and curing of heavy earthmover and light radial truck tires. Processing that includes banbury mixing, extrusion of sidewall, apex, treads, calendaring of fabric and wire carcass compounds. Thermocoupling of tires to achieve optimum cure for processing efficiency and plant cost reduction. Developed and worked with the first tread laminator introduced to the plant that resulted in improving plant building productivity and components’ uniformity.
Tire Compounder, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Involved in overseeing factory processing of various tire components, e.g. tread, sidewall, carcass, and curing of both bias truck and passenger tires.
Chemist, California Tire Plant, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Performed physical and analytical testing, utilizing specified ASTM procedures on raw materials and final mixed tire compounds. Released materials and compounds to production. Represented OTR Group in the Technical Center Safety Committee and advised all heavy tire members of safety items and relayed them to the committee for discussion and action.