A 1970 chemical engineering graduate from the University of Cincinnati, Terry Kochersperger began work as a co-op student for Monsanto Corp. at its Port Plastics plant in Addyston, Ohio, that made ABS and SAN resins. Upon graduation, he worked from 1970-73 at the folding-carton manufacturing plant in Kankakee, Ill., operated by Olin Corp.´s Olinkraft division.
From late December 1973 until 1976, Kochersperger worked for Armour Pharmaceutical in Kankakee, first in the human blood derivatives department, then in the insulin and enzyme manufacturing departments, providing processing support. He left in August 1976 to join Baxter Healthcare Corp., then known as Travenol Laboratories Inc., as a senior project engineer.
There he worked on plant expansions and installations of new processes, gaining experience in the area of large-volume parenteral solution manufacturing in both flexible and rigid containers. Over the next two years he oversaw a pair of multimillion-dollar plant expansion projects and, in 1978, was promoted to section manager, project engineering., where he managed a team of six engineers. In 1983, Baxter promoted Kochersperger to group manager for manufacturing project engineering, overseeing 20 engineers dealing with both medical-device and solution manufacturing.
In 1984, the company promoted him to director of sterile fluids engineering. In that post, he directed the work of an R&D department responsible for new-product development and support of intravenous and irrigation solutions, with responsibility for the blow molding and extrusion engineering departments.
In 1987, Kochersperger assumed responsibility for Baxter´s engineering services department, which was responsible for product documentation, process development, laboratory equipment metrology, and chemical storeroom for the R&D organization.
In 1990, he assumed his current responsibilities directing the technical center. This organization consists of three product support groups: medical devices, container engineering, and anesthesia engineering. It also includes process technology (automation), packaging engineering, bonding technology, prototype shop and plastics engineering. In addition, group has two materials engineers who are responsible for resin selections, material cost-reduction projects, and resin supplier process change approvals. This organization employs approximately 70 engineers, technicians and mold and model builders.
In the area of plastics, the group is responsible for part designs, molding, assembly, and material approvals. All of the products for which the organization is responsible are disposable medical products and are made from plastics. The main focus of the product support groups is cost reduction.
The plastics engineering group is responsible for injection molding, handling both new and existing components. They also are responsible for the design and approval of injection molds. Mold flow analysis is an integral part of this department´s work, using this analytical tool for all new molds and for troubleshooting existing molds that may be experiencing difficulties.