about_hylton_2   Donald Hylton Biography

Donald is a 35-year veteran of the plastic industry. IN 1995 he started DCHylton Thermoforming Consulting.  Five years ago he joined McConnell Company, the premier thermoforming consulting firm in the world.  Donaldís consulting expertise focuses on material behavior, developing specifications, material selection, material testing, test method development, characterization, troubleshooting, laboratory and ASTM testing and training, in-house training, quality assurance, quality control, and computer simulation of the thermoforming process. His expertise also includes sheet extrusion and processing.  Donald was a pioneers in developing Polypropylene for thermoforming. His developments include commercial grades for pressure forming, melt phase forming, and blow-molding. Because of his unique understanding of the rheology of the processes, the grades he developed for thermoforming and blow molding out performed the competition leading to Exxon grades becoming the number one seller in both processes.


Donald has a unique understanding of the science of thermoforming.  He is a leader the effort to provide more fundamental understanding of the thermoforming process.  More importantly he is capable of communicating complex scientific principals on elementary levels so that all involved in thermoforming such as operators, engineers, laboratory personnel, and management will gain similar understandings.  This has led to regular appearances as an invited lecturer to thermoforming symposiums, conferences, technical and training sessions. 


Donald is a member of the Society of Plastic engineers since 1987.  He is a fellow of the Society.  Fellows are recognized for their long term technical contributions to the plastic industry.  There are less than 200 fellows in the Society that peaked at over 30,000 members.  He has received the Societyís outstanding achievement award for thermoforming.  He is a member of the Thermoforming Board of Directors.  As chairman of the Boardís student affairs committee he was instrumental in setting up the committee and establishing the divisionís Scholarship program.  He also served as the chairman for the Divisionís ANTEC technical program.  He continues to serve as the Thermoforming Divisionís Technical Program chairman for the ANTEC conference.  He teaches a one day seminar for SPE on Material Testing and Behavior in Thermoforming. 


He has served as chairman of ASTMís D20 subcommittee on Plastics Film and Sheeting.  During his tenure all of the methods pertaining to film and sheeting were reviewed and made current.  For his effort he received an appreciation award from ASTM.


He is currently a research scientist at the Thomas W. Cole Science Research Center at Clark Atlanta University.  He conducts research in thermoforming technology.  Before joining Clark Atlanta University he was a staff scientist for Exxon Chemical Company.  At Exxon he developed polypropylene products for thermoforming, blow molding and non-wovens.  He also managed a laboratory and led the effort for the laboratory successful ISO certification.  His final assignment in Exxon was in converting technology where his responsibilities included fundamental understanding of Exxon polymers in processing and translating the understandings to developing new product applications, improve troubleshooting techniques and increase productivity.  Defore joining Exxon Donald worked at General Electricís Appliance Park Plastic Application Center.  At GE Donald was responsible for instrument and test method development.  This effort led to the early development of a new instrument that was successful in measuring and predicting the behavior of materials in thermoforming.  This was the first such development.  The technology is now gaining notoriety as the primary method for gaining an understanding of material behavior as it relates to thermoforming.  Before General Electric he was an analytical chemist for E. I. Dupont neoprene plant in Louisville, Kentucky. 


Donald has published extensively on thermoforming.  Many of his papers focus on understanding material behavior in thermoforming.  He has written a book titled Understanding Plastics Testing.  


His education include undergraduate school at Kentucky State University;  Graduate school at the University of Louisville.  In graduate school he studied the Physical Chemistry of Polymers.  He also completed a program on Quality Control in the Laboratory at Clemson University.



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