Smith Joins Plibrico as Technical Manager
Smith will be responsible for the development of innovative refractory formulas while also providing technical guidance to the company’s partners and customers.
Plibrico Co., LLC recently announced the appointment of Roger Smith as its technical manager. As the newest member of the technical team, Smith will be responsible for the development of innovative refractory formulas while also providing technical guidance to the company’s partners and customers. He will oversee product quality and assist in identifying the best materials for refractory construction projects. Smith will report to Dan Szynal, Plibrico’s vice president of Engineering.
“Smith has the ceramic engineering background and creative intelligence to identify refractory industry challenges and help develop solutions to address these performance issues,” said Szynal.
With 15 years of experience in the processing, characterization, and testing of traditional and advanced ceramics, Smith reportedly brings to his new position a demonstrated ability to successfully identify thermal processing issues and develop products and processes to address the obstacles. Prior to Plibrico, he previously worked for RHI Magnesita and Bucher Emhart Glass, where he was a ceramist for almost 10 years. As a ceramist, Smith conducted technical customer visits to address performance concerns, developed and commercialized new refractory material that increased service life by 20%, and increased plant capacity by reducing kiln cycle times by 25%.
Smith is a member of the American Ceramic Society, serving as chairman of the St. Louis, Mo., section from 2014-2016. He also was a member of the ASTM Committee C08 on refractories from 2010-2017. Smith holds a master’s degree in ceramic engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.
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