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International Exposure Jim Sykes, P.Eng, GDTP-S, has lived in large cities & small towns in Ontario, Canada. Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Stratford, Ottawa, Mississauga, Brampton, Orangeville. Now Jim calls Oakbank, Manitoba home. His work has taken him to England, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Mexico, Indonesia, Tunisia and some 30-plus states in the USA, and half-a-world-away to Indonesia. This great social exposure taught two lessons. First, that technology-based businesses are the same everywhere you go, trying to do their best with the least resources. Second; cultural and social differences exist, and recognizing these differences can be the difference between our clients' success and failure.

Education & Employment Jim graduated from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, in 1993 with a Bachelors' Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a Concentration in Management Studies.
His first job after graduating was with Blow Mold Tooling (1972) Ltd., in Mississauga, Ontario; an amazing training experience.
Jim moved to the Bolton Mold Operations of Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd., in 1995, and attained his Professional Engineer License (P.Eng) in the Province of Ontario in 1998.

Hands-On Education At Husky, Jim was able to transition through various engineering roles, including production and refurbishment design, standardization, Team Coordinator, and product development.

An early history of goal commitment and success lead to Jim starting the engineering group of Husky's Bottle Development Centre (BDC) and developing the A.D.A.P.T.® modular molding systems for prototyping PET preforms and bottles. After developing a small team of designers and lab technicians for the BDC and securing resources for producing quick-turnaround components, Jim was appointed BDC Team Coordinator. In this position, he lead the technology side of the business and worked closely with clients to develop their products and deliver prototypes. During this phase, Jim also developed business plans for team growth and restructure based on market emergence; many of these plans were adapted and implemented after Jim left the group to work in Product Development.

As a Product Development Engineer, Jim experienced diversity of projects, challenges and opportunities. He was involved with and lead varied projects including Field Service Resolutions, Engineering Unification and Standardization, GD&T Implementation, and Corporate GD&T Standardization.

The initial phase of the GD&T Implementation into the Mold and Hot Runner business units included the unification of mold designs from two international business units, the implementation of numerous product improvements accumulated from service resolutions, design rationale and value analysis, and the initial engineering application of Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing to 8 baseline molds. The team size varied to some 35 designers plus manufacturing, purchasing and CAE specialists in three international locations. The team addressed tight timelines and scope creep with determination and commitment to meet the goals, and they did ... with a few hours to spare. The second phase of the implementation established the infrastructure needed for the final phase of implementation by improving the GD&T controls applied to the designs, and developing skillsets in manufacturing and inspection to use and verify the controls. That lead directly to Jim's involvement with sourcing metrology hardware and software, and manufacturing capability reviews for new machining centers. Per the Implementation Plan, the final phase would include in-house and supplier manufacturing capability studies, and the incorporation of those results in a redefinition of the basic mold components.

Internal, external and client resources from around the globe committed to these projects and attaining their goals. By drawing out their known and hidden abilities, Jim lead these teams to an enviable success record.

Industry Relations Through his involvement in the International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT) and the Closure Manufacturers' Association (CMA), Jim gained recognition for leading the voluntary standardization of bottle thread finishes, and for leading the resolution of a critical industry safety issue. Jim has also participated in SPI and ASME events, and was listed in SPE's inaugural edition of Who's Who In Plastics.

Intellectual Properties and Publications Along the way, Jim also managed to develop several strategic technologies, being named as inventor on several Husky patents, including four published US patents, two US patent applications and a World Intellectual Property Organization patent application. Jim is also a named inventor on a US Provisional Patent Application for a proprietary closure design developed for a Profile Services client.

Jim Sykes has several published articles in corporate and industry trade magazines, and has authored ISBT publications and presentations. The www.threadspecs.com website, originally published by Jim, was introduced as a way to distribute voluntary standard bottle thread finishes to the entire beverage industry via an open and no-cost channel. The threadspecs.com site has grown to be the preferred international resource for sourcing finishes, and the TFRSC Nomenclature and Finish Features cards created by Jim and distributed by the ISBT have set the standard for baseline communication in the beverage bottling industry worldwide. Jim negotiated a transfer of the threadspecs.com site, owned by the ISBT and managed by Husky, from the ISBT to the CMA, allowing the collection to continue to expand.

Some Recent Accomplishments While starting Profile Services in 2005, Jim studied for and passed his ASME certification exam in GD&T, gaining him the GDTP-S (Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing Professional - Senior Level) designation for ASME Y14.5M-1994.