RDAbbott has hired Craig Lustek as their next application engineer. Craig has more than 20 years of experience in process engineering, research and development, product management and manufacturing with suppliers of elastomers and processing equipment.
Before joining RDAbbott, Craig was an application engineer for one of the largest manufacturers of plastics injection molding machines (IMM). There he supported the setup and testing of new thermoset projects. He has also worked as a process engineer for liquid injection molding systems (LIMS) for a global Japanese silicone supplier. In other ventures, Craig directed and supported process development systems for silicones, epoxy resins, and polyurethanes as a project manager. With his expertise in LSR, Craig is also a part-time instructor for a university-sponsored course in silicone fabrication and technology.
As an application engineer for RDAbbott, Craig will share his in-depth knowledge of equipment and processes with customers and potential customers. For example, he can provide expert advice about IMM setup, metering and mixing systems, and auxiliary systems—like chillers and pumps. He can also provide recommendations for molds and end-of-arm tooling (EOAT).
In addition, Craig will help customers define the optimal process for their materials and share how to validate variations. He will assist with creating and updating start-up procedures and troubleshooting guides. By performing these and other activities, Craig will demonstrate RDAbbott’s commitment to the advancement of elastomer technologies through collaborative problem solving and industry-leading materials.
“RDAbbott welcomes Craig Lustek and will benefit greatly from his deep knowledge of the silicone industry,” said Keith Thomas, president of RDAbbott. “The expertise Craig has developed through his work with fabricators and equipment manufacturers will help us to grow not just as a supplier, but as a technical leader that provides greater value to its customers.”