Poly-Cast Welcomes Derek Birkes to its Engineering Team

Posted by pcadmin on Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Tigard, OR: October 21, 2014

Poly-Cast, Inc., a leading Northwest manufacturer of injection molded plastic parts, is pleased to announce the addition of Mr. Derek Birkes to the company as the Process/Manufacturing Engineer.

“We are excited to add someone with Derek’s talents and academic training to our engineering team” said John Schwend, Engineering/Tooling Manager at Poly-Cast. “His knowledge and understanding in design, development and fabrication, as well as his CNC programing and CAD modeling capabilities, will definitely elevate our team to the next level”. Dan Leedom, President and CEO of Poly-Cast added: “We’re constantly looking for talented people who can enhance the Poly-Cast mission of becoming a strategic asset to our clients; Derek certainly brings the right aptitudes to the table”.

In his position as Process/Manufacturing Engineer, Derek will be responsible for improving the injection molding process, help in the effort to reduce manufacturing costs, and contribute to the NPI team. Using scientific molding methodology, Derek will create precise, repeatable processes which will ensure consistency and deliver the highest quality parts. This focused objective will give Poly-Cast’s clients the assurance that discipline is applied to each stage of the molding process.

“Poly-Cast is giving me the opportunity to apply my education and experience to the challenging field of plastic part manufacturing” said Derek, “The documentation and methodology necessary to develop consistent and reliable products is what I love about engineering; meticulous attention to detail and the application of physics”.

Derek is a graduate of the Mechanical Engineering program at Portland State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree. He participated in the 2012 Boeing AIW program in Portland, OR and co-authored with Dr. Trevor Snyder the white paper, 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing: 3D Systems Technology overview and New Applications in Manufacturing, Engineering, Science, and Education. His wide knowledge base, personal experience, and his systematic approach to problem solving will be a great addition to the Poly-Cast team.