February General Meeting
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
520 Elliot Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
The INOTC meeting in on the 9th of February. Our speaker John Blanchfeild Retired Chief Engineer Norfolk Southern Corporation. He will be enlightening the group about invention and engineering from
the Train industry and what it takes to move things into the market.
John H. Blanchfield Bio:
Recently retired after 38 years with Norfolk Southern Corporation, a Virginia based
Class I Rail Transportation Company, encompassing 22,000 miles of main line track
in 22 states in the Eastern United States.
Responsibilities: The Chief Engineer of Maintenance Equipment (CEME) is responsible
for the purchase, design, and reliability of a fleet of highly mechanized rail track
rehabilitation machinery consisting of 3000 major pieces of equipment with a replacement
value of $670 million. The position requires extensive travel throughout the United
States and overseas.
Annual Budget: $105 million consisting of $73 million expense and $32 million capital
Inventory- $15.3 million with 2.8 turns per year.
Facility Infrastructure: Major centralized production facility with 130 highly
skilled technical design and fabrication personnel located in Charlotte, N.C. with
a centralized material distribution center supplying 9 satellite facilities and
36 major mobile track rehabilitation teams in 22 Eastern United States.
Personnel: 480 highly skilled technicians and staff consisting of engineers, designers,
and multidisciplined craftspeople including 320 mobile technicians equipped with
33,000 GVW CDL required vehicle’s Entire group finished with a safety ratio of
0.76 for 200,000 man hours one of the best 2007 safety ratios in the North American
Affiliations /Awards: Member American Railway Engineering Maintenance Association
(AREMA) 21 years serving 9 years on Committee 27 Roadway Equipment as Secretary,
Vice Chairman and Chairman Awarded 3 United States Patents pertaining to Railway
Equipment Lead negotiator representing all North American Railroads in the formulation
and publishing of Federal Railway Administration Regulation 214.5 Roadway Maintenance
Machinery Safety Awarded Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in the Republic
of South Vietnam 1967-68, U.S Army
Education: AAS degree in Business Management, King’s College Executive Management
Program Fuqua School of Business, Duke University Certified Locomotive Engineer
Community: Elected Board of Directors Four Seasons Homeowners association Coached
youth soccer 10 years obtaining Class “D” license from NASF
Family: Married 42 years with two children and one grandchild
Hobbies: Golf, reading, boating and cooking
Last Meeting (January)
Scott has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from
ECU. He has worked for manufacturers in consumer products (Tetra) and appliance
products (BSH Home Appliances). He has 4+ patents pending from my time at BSH.
Having many years of experience in various CAD platforms.
His company is CADdesignhelp.com. Some of the services he provide are:
- 1. Product Design in 2D and 3D, for companies or individuals
- 2. Product Manual Images, like assembly view or exploded views
- 3. Photorealistic renderings
- 4. File format conversions
- 5. Reverse Engineering
- 6. Technical drawings
- 7. Patent drawings
President @ CADDesignhelp.com
Always remember to invite friends or business associates which would benefit from INotC. Collectively we have a deep wealth of knowledge as a group. Invite other inventors, engineers, entrepreneurs, financiers, professors, manufactures and anyone else that would enjoy the process and business of product development. Knowledge is power!!
- This meeting cost $20 for guest or $75 for the entire year.
- Check and Cash are accepted.
- Thank you once again for supporting the INotC.
- Collectively when we network, mountains can be moved!
- Through creativity, we can develop a civilization worth living in!
When we commercialize, we give our value and vision to the world! Network, Develop, Commercialize We look forward to seeing you Building info: If you have not been to our meetings before, the building is located at the end of Elliot street on the right. Then you go through the fence and down the driveway. The front door is located on the left side. Once you go in follow the hall way to the end then go through the door and turn left to the meeting room door.
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