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Dale Groth's Experience as a Product Development Engineer at Strouse

Posted by Sue Chambers Aug 15, 2014 5:19:00 AM

This summer we've been fortunate to have Dale Groth, junior from York College of Pennsylvania work in our engineering department. Dale is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and sought after an internship at Strouse through York College PA’s Engineering Co-op program. The program is aimed to provide students with real-life work experiences while allowing them to explore career options in a real-world context.


Dale Dale Groth (right) works with our engineering team on medical device components in our ISO 7 cleanroom.

Dale worked with the engineering team at Strouse as a Product Development Engineer on many projects including several medical devices using stick-to-skin adhesives. Dale was tasked with troubleshooting issues with medical adhesive dressings and producing fixtures for assembly. He also spoke with customers providing material suggestions and methods for sterilization of medical devices. Dale also worked on smaller projects such as fixing technical drawings, making parts in our machine shop to enhance the functionality of our presses, and he spent some time producing adhesive prototypes.

Let’s get to know Dale Groth.

What made you want to study engineering?

The desire to make improvements and wanting to know how everything works. I was the kid who was always taking motors apart just to see how they operated. I would then reassemble the motor with everything still working and have a few screws and gears left over. Also, I would always sketch drawings of products and make my own little revisions that I thought would improve the part.

What did you find most challenging in your time here at Strouse?

Prioritizing tasks to get everything done in a timely fashion while juggling multiple projects.

What did you do to become better at this?

I had to get a better understanding of each project, how they were progressing, and when deadlines needed to be met. Some tasks, such as building parts to enhance our press capabilities, were much more urgent than others. Occasionally alterations would need to be made to the press while a job was running. In order to complete the job on or ahead of schedule, these tasks took priority over others.

What did you enjoy most about working with our engineering department?

How they seemed to be a close knit group who could hold conversations about more than just work and how they brought me into the group to get to know me.

Has your opinion or understanding about the industry of adhesive converting changed since you started working here?

Honestly, I did not know much about the converting industry before I started. I didn’t know a lot about tape other than the difference between common tapes like masking tapes and duct tapes. So now I know the characteristics and properties of adhesives along with the complexity of producing so many different die cut and converted parts.

If you were an adhesive what would you be and why?

I would be an adhesive transfer tape because they hold a variety of materials together similar to how I am able work on a variety of projects at the same time.

Sue Chambers

Written by Sue Chambers

President and CEO of Strouse