Interview: Gregg Shemanski, President and Co-founder, Custom Processing Services
Gregg Shemanski is president and co-founder of Custom Processing Services, based in Reading, PA. He and Jeff Klinger founded the company, which specializes in particle size reduction and allied services for numerous technical grade and cGMP materials, including technical ceramics, waxes, pigments, minerals, and pharmaceutical ingredients. Custom Processing Services excels in commercializing the production of nanoparticles by utilizing fluidized bed jet milling and media milling.
Gregg had previous experience with pulverizing equipment, micronizing, and mineral processing, including importation of raw material and international manufacturing.
Please tell us about your current role. What are your key focus areas and responsibilities?
My current role is to build the vision of the company; to look at new opportunities from a technological point of view as well as fulfilling market needs, especially those in the micron and nano processing of ceramics; to continue to build our professional team of scientists, engineers and managers; to assure we have the focus on research and development in the cutting edge of processing; and to guarantee that the funding, legal, and environmental, health and safety portions of this focus are properly aligned.
What inspired you to join/start this company?
After successfully directing a number of manufacturing operations, we saw that others were hesitant to employ new technologies in processing. We felt that there is always a better mousetrap and we decided to build it! We seek to continually improve and stay ahead of the curve of tech and push the limits to new heights.
What do you think sets your company apart from your competitors?
It’s the Custom Processing Services experience that sets us apart from our competitors. We do not just provide the equipment and operators to convert our customers’ materials, but we help them create a customized process to give them what they want. It’s not giving customers what we have, it is understanding what they want. Through our engineering group, we work on many aspects of the chemical and physical properties of these materials, and help create a commercially viable processing methodology to assure mutual success for us and our customers. We also offer the ability to partner with them – their products and our process. Our client service team also strives to create a personalized, satisfying business relationship with our customers.
What are the key opportunities and challenges your company faces at present?
Processing nano- and micron-sized materials with a high purity level, specific shape, and designated surface area are opportunities in the ceramics sphere. As always, we need to ensure that the challenges of all environmental, health, and safety portions of operating a successful business are fully met.
Are there any new technology developments that you are working on at the moment? Can you tell us about them?
There are a number of technological innovations we are working on: improvements in autogenous grinding are in place; uses of new specialty ceramic materials of construction are being put into our mills; and new technologies of particle separation are being researched.
What would you say most excites you about your role?
I am most excited about the ability to collaboratively work with our engineers/scientists and the customers’ needs and to create a wonderfully viable processing solution that achieves the particles that our customers crave.
How do you think the industry will develop within the next five years? Can you tell us about the key trends emerging?
A key trend in the next five years will be the demand for smaller and smaller particles with higher and higher purities. These trends also showcase themselves in the revolutionizing of the additive manufacturing (3D printing) arena, the battery industry, as well as the medical industry.
What do you hope to achieve at the show next year, and what connections do you hope to make?
We hope to showcase how we continue to lead in the development of materials for the additive manufacturing, battery, and medical industries that are trending now. We see opportunities to partner with manufacturers of the 3D printing platforms as our ability to provide cost-effective powders marries well with their need to stay at the forefront of improved quality and part resolution. Our battery material processing capabilities are proven to achieve very high-performing battery systems; a partner in this area would propel both companies very high in this market. The applications for nanoparticles in the medical industry are only just beginning.
CUSTOM PROCESSING SERVICES will be exhibiting at Ceramics Expo 2018 in booth 141