Monolon, new trolling line for fresh and salt water fishing, features fine Monel metal wire braided around a nylon monofilament core. Made by Braided Wire Products Company of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, the new line is non-corroding, extremely flexible and virtually non kinking. It is being introduced in 30-32 and 45-50 pound test, but will be made later in a wide variety of test weights suitable for all types of tolling.
For Mother's Day gift, this frilly, feminine blouse in smooth, opaque nylon tricot will delight even the most practical person because of nylons easy care qualities. Light in weight but not too sheer, the blouse can be easily and quickly washed, dried on a towel and worn without ironing. The strength of DuPont's nylon also assures long wear and good abrasion and tear resistance. A pleated ruffle and nylon lace inserts dress up this Jo Lynn design, which is suitable for wear with suits or alone.
Voorhees, Bob (interviewee), Plasky, Joseph G. (interviewer)
In his interview, Voorhees details his role in creating and the subsequent impact of the market for Nomex engineered structures in airplanes. The interview gives insight into the DuPont marketing organization and how it was managed.
Livingston, Richard Donnan, 1921-2010 (interviewee), Plasky, Joseph G. (interviewer)
Dick Livingston begins his interview by discussing his early childhood, education, and his father's career with the DuPont Co. as an explosives expert. He then details his college education at Dartmouth and his military service in an Aircraft Repair Unit (ARU) in the South Pacific during World War II, mentioning his return trip in which he was allowed to set up a cot in the wheelhouse of a Liberty ship. He then describes his work at the DuPont Buffalo Rayon plant, going into detail about the aging machinery in the facility and his work replacing lead-covered materials with more modern corrosion-resistant materials.
Livingston remarks on his shift from supervisor to engineering associate at the Seaford Nylon plant, a newly created position which he describes as a sideways career move. He discusses a major project he worked on in this position during the 1970s to monitor and predict chemical changes in the nylon production process, in part by employing pioneering computer simulation software to calculate flows, temperature changes, degrees of polymerization, and other variables. The project resulted in a significant reference manual, and Livingston mentions being honored for his work when DuPont Co. named a room for him at its Singapore facilities. He finally spends some time speaking of his post-retirement role as a consultant for the company.
Injection molded from FM-1 nylon, these spools for electric coils actuating aircraft instruments resist operating temperatures which distort other thermoplastics. Their 0.012-inch wall thickness is far less than required with other molding powders for adequate strength. The sides of the smaller spools can be forced together until they meet; when released they resume shape almost instantly. Two types are shown still attached to the sprues with which they are formed in molding.
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (originator), Stewart, Willard S., 1915-2003 (photographer)
One entire wall in the living room of The Nylon Suite, a new deluxe feature of the Hotel DuPont is covered with draperies made of an F. Schumacher & Company floral pattern screen print. Predominantly grey in tone the drapes are all nylon twill, lined with white nylon twill. When pulled aside, the draperies reveal windows with nylon marquisette curtains. The chair and ottoman are upholstered in Schumacher's nylon organzine damask in the Broken Tree Stump pattern, which practical tests show to be longwearing, slow to soil and easily washed and cleaned. The floors of the suite are covered with James Lees and Sons Company's Sculptex carpet in grey green, with face consisting of longwearing all nylon, which does not attract moths or other insects.
Memeger, Wesley, Jr. (interviewee), Smith, John K. (John Kenly), 1951- (interviewer), Oates, Mike (videographer), 302 Stories, Inc. (production company), Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation (originator)
Wesley Memeger, Jr. details his contribution to streamlining the synthesis of Kevlar, which allowed the timely start-up of the first commercial scale Kevlar plant. In the laboratory, the polymer for Kevlar had previously been prepared by polymerizing para-phenylene diamine and terephthaloyl chloride in a mixture of two solvents, HMPA (hexamethylphosphoramide) and NMP (N-methylpyrrolidinone). Memeger found that a polymer with satisfactory molecular weight could be made using only HMPA, a discovery which made the preparation of Kevlar more commercially viable, as it allowed for a continuous polymerizer in a single solvent system.
Memeger recounts that DuPont used HMPA as the solvent for Kevlar production in the early 1970s, but after toxicology tests conducted at the company's Haskell Laboratory raised doubts about the safety of the solvent, DuPont replaced HMPA with NMP and calcium chloride. Memeger describes his subsequent work at DuPont investigating melt processible polymers, which share some properties with Kevlar but lack equivalent chemical and thermal stability, as well as his work on ring opening routes to polymers with novel properties. An accomplished artist, Memeger continues to be impressed by the elegance and simplicity of the Kevlar polymer that produces such remarkable properties.
Carter, Barney J., 1943- (interviewee), Plasky, Joseph G. (interviewer)
Interview details Carter's career at DuPont, including his move to a Louisiana plant in 1970 in response to economic difficulties, and subsequently back to Martinsville in 1973 in the spinning area, working with textiles, and finally to Chattanooga. He also discusses his theories as to why the Martinsville plant was shut down.
A flyer block of nylon, used in textile machinery, travels as fast as 15,000 revolutions per minute without lubrication. Attached to a spindle in the spinning operation, the flyer clock holds wires which provide necessary tension to the yarn. The nylon block is molded in one piece, replacing blocks of other materials which included two or more parts. It is also molded to fit the spindle. No reaming or drilling is necessary. The elimination of oil and grease lubricants is an obvious advantage in this operation.
Bentley, William (interviewee), Plasky, Joseph G. (interviewer)
In his interview, Bentley describes the research and development of a Textile Fibers product called [Pnemancil?] that was under development in the 1960s and 1970s. The work was done at the Experimental Station with a major test facility at Christina Lab. The process, which was not commercialized by DuPont, was a different kind of spinning than the melt or solvent spinning that was in use at the time. Bentley also describes his role as lead process engineer and manager for DuPont Dacron Technology Sales, and he remarks that without capacity increases it would have been very difficult to achieve the level of sales that was achieved during his time with the company.
Faigle, Gerald (interviewee), Plasky, Joseph G. (interviewer)
In his interview, Gerald Faigle describes his experience in personnel management and his impressions on plant management over the course of his career with DuPont Co. Addressing his time at the Seaford, Delaware plant early in his career, Faigle details the work environment, plant management, and employee attitudes. He also discusses the Industrial Engineering function at Seaford and its role in the plant operations in the early 1960s. Faigle then describes the personnel and various incidents in the spinning area at the Martinsville, Virginia plant. <br>Speaking of his time as Planning and Control Superintendent and later Staple Superintendent at the Wilmington, North Carolina plant, Faigle describes the pressure to increase production and improve quality as well as personnel attitudes toward and efforts made to achieve these goals. Concerning the Old Hickory plant, Faigle comments on an anticipated strike and the efforts the plant management undertook to prevent it. He also remarks on the challenges he faced as plant manager at the Richmond, Virginia plant. Faigle also describes his time with the Chemicals and Pigments Department, commenting on the internal discussion surrounding Freon as a product. He finally remarks on his work in the Safety Group and his post-retirement safety consulting.
Register, Albert N. (interviewee), Plasky, Joseph G. (interviewer)
In his interview, Register discusses the advent of quality assurance, changes in technology, globalization and ultimate failures in Dacron and Nylon businesses. He remarks on taking pride and satisfaction in training, teamwork, and the positive motivation of employees during times of change.
Synder, John (interviewee), Plasky, Joseph G. (interviewer)
In addition to detailing his work history, Synder comments on the Seaford plant management at the beginning of his career and some of the rules of negotiation with Burlington Industries, for which he was Marketing Director.