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Raymond J. Sinatra selected for 2018 TSS Meritorious Service Award

April 09, 2018
Source: ASM International

Raymond J. Sinatra, Senior Specialist, Materials Technology (retired), at Rolls-Royce Corp., has been selected for the Meritorious Service Award by TSS President Douglas G. Puerta. 

This award recognizes exceptional service to the Thermal Spray Society and to the larger thermal spray community as well. Mr. Sinatra has dedicated untold hours over the years to various TSS committees, especially the critical Accepted Practices Committees. He was a member of the Accepted Practices Committee on Metallography from 2006 to 2008. He was a member of the Accepted Practices Committee on Metallography and Mechanical Testing from 2008 to 2014, and was Chair of the committee from 2009 to 2010. He served on the more general Accepted Practices committee from 2014 to 2018.  

In addition to these technical committees, he served on the TSS Board from 2003 to 2009, on the TSS Awards and Nominations Committee from 2004 to 2007, and on the TSS Training Committee from 2007 to 2010.

Ray Sinatra was employed at Rolls-Royce Corp. for 23 years and has 47 years of continuous employment in thermal spray processing. He worked in surface technology where he developed numerous proprietary coating systems, including optimized target parameters, erosion-resistant coatings for polymer matrix composites, bonding mechanisms for ceramic matrix composites, ceramic abradable coatings, advanced masking concepts for small effusion air passages, and precision braze bonding materials for dissimilar metals.

For the past ten years, Ray has concentrated on thermal spray abradable seal coatings, pursuing new material formulations for future engine applications that require higher temperatures and longer engine on-wing service life. He has spent considerable time working with rare earth ceramics for ceramic matrix composite (CMC) materials, and holds multiple patents in coating surface technology.

Prior to Rolls Royce, Ray was employed at United Airlines in San Francisco, as a Process Engineer working on the specification and application of thermal spray coatings for engine component repair. He implemented the very first articulated arm robot for plasma spraying, and increased product consistency through reduced MRB, which removed the operator from the harsh thermal spray environment.

His work in thermal spray and welding led to increased responsibility as a project manager for five repair centers, planning new equipment and managing a capital budget in excess of one million dollars annually. His responsibilities included arranging focused work cells, coordinating capital requests, and the specification of equipment, product selection, and installation.

Ray’s career started with a major manufacturer of thermal spray equipment and materials (Metco Perkin Elmer), where he was given increasing roles of responsibility in Materials Engineering, Equipment Engineering, Field Service, and Sales/Technical Training. His early high school vocational training in Tool & Die gave him the fundamental skill set for understanding machine tools and manufacturing practices. Extensive global business travel has given him the opportunity to observe a variety of manufacturing and repair processes in use on industrial and commercial products. He has initiated and co-developed materials and process methods on collaborative projects for companies and external suppliers.

Ray has been an active member of ASM International since 1990, and has helped organize national conferences for the advancement of thermal spray processes and materials.  He served as Chair for the Indianapolis Chapter of ASM International (2001-2002) and helped earn a five-star chapter rating. He was elected a member of the Board of Directors of the ASM Thermal Spray Society in 2003 and was re-elected to a second term in 2006.


Subject Classifications

Materials Processing and Treatment | Surface Engineering

Materials Processing and Treatment | Thermal Spray Technology

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