WINONA, MINN., USA — Dr. James A. Harvey, consulting materials engineer to PlastiComp, Inc., has been named a Fellow of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE). Harvey will be inducted at the International SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition in Long Beach, California on May 17, 2004.
SAMPE Fellows are selected based on their contributions to materials and process engineering, innovation, professional growth and development of other people in the field. It is the highest honor that SAMPE bestows on its members, and only 88 scientists and engineers have been previously inducted as Fellows.
Harvey has enjoyed a long and productive career in the areas of polymers and plastics, composite materials, adhesives, electronic materials and smart materials and structures. As a professor at Winona State University, he helped establish the first undergraduate composite materials engineering program in the United States. Harvey went on to lead materials applications research at the University of Dayton Research Institute and Hughes STX Corporation, and to consult on materials applications, analysis and testing at Hewlett Packard Company. Harvey now owns a consulting company, Under the Bridge Consulting, and works with PlastiComp on materials development and applications.
With over 50 articles and book chapters and 23 patents, Harvey has been a prolific contributor to materials applications and process engineering. In addition to his consulting work, he continues to teach numerous classes, short courses and technical seminars.
For PlastiComp, Harvey is working to further develop materials and applications for the company’s Pushtrusion® technology. In the Pushtrusion composites molding process, fiber and molten polymers are fed directly into the injection molding barrel while still hot, eliminating the need for pre-compounded resin pellets and giving molders the ability to maintain longer fiber lengths. Composite product performance is greatly increased, while costs are lowered dramatically. Pushtrusion technology is compact and can be retrofit to existing conventional injection molding machines.
PlastiComp, Inc. focuses on developing and providing long fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite technologies to partners worldwide. These include ready-to-process reinforced long fiber thermoplastic (LFT) pelletized compounds, along with process development and manufacturing equipment licensing for LFT pultrusion, in-line direct long fiber thermoplastic (D-LFT) Pushtrusion®, and in-line direct glass mat thermoplastic (D-GMT®) technologies. PlastiComp’s injection moldable Complēt® LFT composite compounds are available as standard and custom formulations that combine long glass, carbon, and other specialty fiber reinforcement with thermoplastic polymers from polypropylene to PEEK.