Rudolph K. Schimmer Bio

Professional Experience

Oct. 2010 – Present Rolf Schimmer Consulting, LLC Daphne, AL Sr. Partner and Owner
  • Consulting services to multi-national manufacturers and operators of high capacity bulk material handling equipment
  • Static and dynamic conveyor design and analysis – new projects and existing installations
  • Design, design audits and FEA of mechanical and structural components and assemblies for high capacity bulk handling systems
  • Evaluation, supervision and quality control of mechanical and structural sub-contractors in North and South America, Europe and Asia
Oct. 07 – Oct. 10 Joy Global – P&H MinePro Winfield, Alabama Product Engineer – JLV Pulleys
  • Sold JLV Technology to Joy Global (Continental Conveyor Products)
  • Helped established assembly line and manufacturing processes
  • Assisted with design and marketing of JLV Conveyor Pulleys ! Demonstrated feasibility and profitability of JLV Product Line
2000 – Sept. 07 JLV Engineering, LLC Daphne, Alabama Sr. Partner
  • Re-established company to design, market and manufacture heavy duty Engineered Pulleys for the USA and South American market
  • Expanded services offered to designs of conveyors and material handling equipment, as well as design analysis (FEA and MES) of mechanical and structural components
  • Established JLV Engineered Pulleys as the product of choice for some of the largest Electric Energy Producers in the United States
1993 – 1999 NAI – LONG-AIRDOX Co. Daphne, Alabama Vice President – Joint Venture NAI – JLV
  • Solely responsible for the design, manufacturing, and marketing of heavy duty Engineered Pulleys and TurboLoc keyless locking elements for the USA and South American market – built sales to $11,000,000 annually
  • Solely responsible for purchasing all materials required to manufacture JLV Engineered Pulleys and Turbo-Loc keyless locking elements
  • Responsible for the programming, tooling, and maintenance of five CNC lathes, as well as installation and maintenance of LAN and WAN networks
  • Involved in all aspects of design and manufacture of EXALON and TRANSALL idlers and the design of production line equipment
  • Eliminate production problems and resolved customers’ problems on site, often underground
  • Conduct sales presentations and training sessions for distributors and end users; call upon end users or distributors to sell idlers and pulleys; present products to Consulting Firms to be included in specifications. Conduct product presentations at trade shows and material handling seminars
1983 – 1993 JLV Engineering, Inc. Theodore, Alabama President / Owner
  • Started company to design, manufacture, and market heavy duty Engineered Pulleys for the USA and South American market
  • Developed company single-handedly and with limited resources to approximately $6,000,000 annual sales
  • Sold assets only to North American, Inc. (later Long-Airdox Co. – now DBT-USA, Bucyrus, Caterpillar)
1978 – 1983 PHB Weserhütte (ThyssenKrupp) Johannesburg, S.A. Chief Engineer
  • Project management, contract planning, equipment design, sub-contractor evaluation and quality assurance of multimillion Dollar projects
  • Solved problems during manufacture and commissioning; responsible for the manufacture and sales of spares
  • Liaison with clients and their engineers and consultants
  • Designed and commissioned complete open-pit crushing systems, rail mounted stackers and reclaimers, coal blending systems, mobile conveyor bridges, crawler mounted stackers and crushers (800t Service Weight); and overland conveyor systems with capacities in excess of 10,000 t/h and belt speeds up to 1,500 f/min
1971 – 1978 Self-employed Johannesburg, S.A. Design Engineer
  • Designed and supervised manufacture of various types of material handling equipment – airport luggage handling; grain elevators; fertilizer blending & packaging plants, monorail systems; high rise storage systems; fork lifts and fork attachments; and re-bar bending machines
  • Designed and supervised manufacture of many types of mining equipment – high and low seam roof bolters; long-wall shields and armored face conveyors; rapid yielding hydraulic support props; under ground shuttle cars; continuous miners and haulage systems; man & material mine hoists; and underground and overland conveyor systems



1998 – Present SolidWorks / Dassault Systems Boston, MA USA Courses for proficiency in 3D CAD & FEA/MEA software utilization
  • 2-5 day courses 1-2 times per year for the effective use of the latest 3D CAD & FEA/MES software for mechanical and structural design analysis
  • Distance learning courses in utilizing FEA/MES in conjunction with 3D design and modeling software
1977 – 1981 Eden School of Management Johannesburg, S.A. Advanced Degree in Business Administration
  • Post graduate course included Production Management, Marketing, Finance, HRO, Law, Tax, and Business Policy
1979 The Welding Institute Cambridge, England Quality Assurance & Non-Destructive Testing
  • Design, Manufacturing and Quality Control of complex weldments
1966 – 1970 Technical College Bad Tölz & Munich, Germany Degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Four Year Mechanical Engineering Course with emphasis on Strength of Materials, Machine Design and Manufacturing Technology