On a daily basis, more than 900 Amway scientists, engineers and technical professionals are responding to market demands by devising products that closely fit an infinite variety of customer needs and desires. Their accomplishments are truly amazing.
The company’s Research & Development Distinguished Scientific Leadership Society is built to acknowledge individuals within this group, people with a longstanding record of scientific and technical excellence during their Amway career.
It is the R&D division’s highest level of technical recognition. Earlier this month three new members were inducted:
Donald J. Pusateri — Don has been involved with more than 70 plant concentrates and dehydrates featured in Nutrilite™ products today. His technical excellence has resulted in 35 patents, six publications and multiple Amway awards.
Ron J. Sharpe — Ron has brought many high-performing, new technologies to Amway as an Open Innovation Scientist, filling the beauty pipeline with discoveries that help to fuel ARTISTRY™ Intensives Skincare Renewing Peel and Youth Xtend. Ron is recognized as an industry expert in Open Innovation and has seven publications, four patents and multiple industry and Amway awards.
The three inductees join four others who were recognized last year to make up the society’s seven-person membership. Thanks to the work of these individuals and their colleagues, Amway R&D continues to use the power of science to help people live better lives. Congratulations to the inductees!
You may have seen recent news of a major retail laundry detergent brand announcing a commitment to move to a phosphate-free formula. We say, ‘Welcome to the club!’
If you use an Amway laundry detergent, you can be assured you’re using a formula that doesn’t contain phosphates – no matter where in the world you purchased it.
Amway has manufactured phosphate-free laundry detergent for all its markets, even countries that don’t regulate phosphates, since the early 2000s, and even longer in the U.S.
Why is that important?
Because phosphates can get into lakes and streams where they promote excessive plant growth and decay. That causes water quality to deteriorate and suffocates aquatic life.
Many countries have banned phosphates in detergents as a result. Some countries still allow phosphate detergents – and some major retail detergent brands sold in those countries still contain phosphate. But not Amway.
Want to know more about our phosphate-free formulas and how we got there? Visit the Amway Global Newsroom for the full story.
Those are just a few of the words that describe Amway’s Bob Hamilton, THE go-to person for policies and regulations in the home care and beauty products industries.
“His practical approach is highly valued by regulatory professionals worldwide,” says Dr. Nico Raczek, Amway global director of regulatory policies.
What else makes Bob stand out? “Good science, and products that are safe for our families as well as our communities are primary motivators for Bob,” says Terri Gaskey, who leads our quality assurance and global technical services.
“He has worked tirelessly over many years to strengthen the work we do on behalf of the industry,” says Ernie Rosenberg, ACI President & CEO. “We could never say ‘thank you’ enough for all that he has done.”
Quick, list some of the most annoying things that result in a bad hair day. Here’s a start: flat and lifeless locks filled with split ends or frizzy beyond all control.
Did you know that the starting point for those problems is your hair’s breaking strength? Amway Senior Research Scientist Lane Duvel did. Of course, it’s his job.
As part of the $75 billion-a-year haircare industry, he’s been researching ways to improve haircare for 15 years. He and his team recently perfected a way to significantly increase hair’s elasticity and strength. That means more life, less split ends and less frizz.
The result is Enerjuve, a patented formula exclusive to Amway’s Satinique line of premium haircare products. Enerjuve uses several of the same compounds that your body produces naturally to increase the breaking point of hair. That same new-found strength also helps hair resist the effects of air pollution, ultraviolet rays, heat from hair dryers and repeated washings.
That’s some powerful science to fight a bad hair day. Read more about the research and discoveries behind our new Satinique line at our Amway Global Newsroom.
For some Amway scientists, their “lab” might be a farm in Asia, the halls of academia, fjords in Norway, a trade show in France or a TED talk in New York.
It’s all about Open Innovation, a non-traditional approach to new product development that has been used at Amway since 2005. It’s built around the idea that new technologies can come from beyond the four walls of a laboratory.
Our Open Innovations team canvasses the planet for what team leader David Groh calls “the game-changers” – things like plants, proteins and prototypes with the potential to transform existing Amway products … or trigger completely new ones.
“We find some pretty amazing technologies out there,” Groh says. “But the bottom line is whatever we bring home and pitch as ‘product potential’ must meet the needs of our customers.”
One of the most important items in the laundry lab at our World Headquarters where we test our products is not a washing machine, it’s a refrigerator. Why? It’s full of perfectly preserved stains.
The refrigerator holds nearly 50 different types of stains produced in laboratories all over the world – from Germany to China to North America. They are all tested in our Big Appliance Room – BAR for short – where we have multiple types of washing machines.
Jim Pell, our resident stain expert, said soil cloths made in laboratories provide the uniformity and reliability necessary to formulate the most effective laundry detergents. Regular dirty laundry can’t offer that.
“And there is quite a bit of blending of soils in normally soiled clothing,” Pell said, “so we would never quite be sure if each ingredient was performing to our strictest standards.”
Thanks to this detailed research and testing, Jim can tell you how best to remove just about any stain. (He’s quite popular at parties with new moms!) Click on over to our Amway Facebook page for a video with tips on removing grass, wine and motor oil.
The “worst” list includes trekking through snake-infested terrain in search of monkey dung, using axes and knives to slice and dice a moose carcass amid thousands of maggots and ticks and spending your days feeding rabbit blood to bed bugs.
On the “best” list, however — right along side an ice cream flavor developer and a Corvette performance engineer — is our own “Room of Doom” Manager Mark Gammage and his team of extreme product testers in the Amway Reliability Lab. “The group’s real directive is to invent ways to torture and destroy everything the company makes,” the article states.
They drop things, pound things, burn things and throw things over and over and over again. They use machines to simulate years of constant use.
Gammage told Popular Science one of his favorite tests is looking for weaknesses in water-treatment tanks, pressurizing them until they blow up.
“You can hear it and see it as it explodes inside the protective clear case,” he said.
Sounds like fun, but it’s a serious job. As we wrote in a 2011, all the tests result in high quality products.
“The Reliability Lab makes sure that when our products go out the door, they’re the best they can be,” Gammage said.
You may be familar with Satinique, as it has been part of the Amway brand porfolio since 1963. But now, there’s a new Satinique in town.
Making its fall 2013 debut, we’ve revamped and reformulated this complete collection of haircare, treatment and styling products featuring patented technology and botanicals with proven results that make bad hair days a thing of the past.
The key to Satinique lies with its patented Enerjuve technology. Developed by Amway scientists, Enerjuve is a positively charged complex of strengthening lipids, creatine and smoothing 18-MEA (amino acids). The Enerjuve positive charge counteracts hair’s naturally negative charge. The results are quite literally, a new movement in hair.
“Amway’s deep commitment to scientific innovation elevates Satinique to be among the best haircare brands on the market,” explains Maud Pansing, vice president global beauty. “We’ve raised the bar in the category with technology and performance in the formulations that truly make a diffrence to the health of hair – inside and out.”
Complete with custom fragrances and color-coded packaging, Satinique is poised to unleash the power of hair.
Disclaimer: The authors of these blogs are Amway employees. The opinions expressed here are not necessarily reviewed in advance by anyone but the individual author. These opinions do not necessarily reflect the view of Amway or any other person or company.