Polyurethane Specialties Company, Inc. (PSC), in Lyndhurst, New Jersey was established in 1983. It is a privately held company, which employs upwards of 50 people. The company manufactures polyurethane intermediates, including polyester polyols, polyurethane prepolymers and specialty polyurethane coatings. A few examples of products that use PSC materials include spandex fibers, holt melt adhesives, roller blade wheels toner wiper blades for photocopiers, rollers used in newspaper production, adhesives used in military meal packs and specialty coatings used in lighter-than-air craft (blimps).
The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc. (NJMEP) contacted Polyurethane Specialties to assist them in confirming that their mission critical manufacturing equipment was Y2K compliant. A representative from Bergen Community College trained and collected an inventory of the items in Polyurethane Specialties’ mission critical systems. During the study, PSC concluded that their computerized business and plant operating systems were the most critical.
It was found that PSC’s systems were Y2K compliant.
This project reinforced PSC’s plan to further upgrade portions of their computer systems in order to maintain their capability to function at a high level of technology. In support of this goal, PSC is currently investing in excess of $100,000 in state-of-the –art hardware/software. PSC individuals involved in this process included Frank J. Gasparrini, Vice President and General Manager, Dr. Eugene C. Gilbert, Corporate Director of Technology, John Nolan, Operations Director, and Dr. Peter Slagan, Process and Development Manager