History of Innovation, Experience and Customer Care
For more than 20 years, Francisco has worked to innovate resin processing. His plastics processing experience is mainly in injection and blow molding, but it is supported by solid experience in sheet-extrusion thermoforming and rotational molding. Francisco is using this expansive knowledge and understanding of converters’ needs to oversee Shell Polymers’ resin design.
“I am heavily involved in defining which type of resins we will produce and what their performance and characteristics will look like, so that we have relevant products for the markets that we want to address,” he says.
Extensive Industry Knowledge and Technical Insights
Using his two decades of experience, Francisco is currently preparing training tools for both the Shell Polymers team and its customers. These tools will focus on different topics related to injection and blow molding operations.
Francisco’s experience across the polymer industry enables him to provide unique insights and meaningful contributions to the different aspects of resin designs and their in-use performance.
Leveraging Equipment and Experience for Problem Solving
Over the years, Francisco has been gathering experience into the most effective tools for troubleshooting processing or part quality issues. He says infrared thermometers can be very useful for checking the temperature of the melt, and portable infrared imaging equipment has also proven its value by helping to identify issues such as fluctuations in heating bands, and hot or cold spots in the machine.
Sometimes though, he relies more on his trained eye. “I like to carry a magnifying loupe, similar to the ones used for jewelry,” he says. “It has often helped me to identify foreign contaminants that show as specks in a part.”