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 Expert  717826

Expert in Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Pumps, Valves, Hydrostatic Drives and Propulsion Systems

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Minnesota (MN)
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Expert has over 44 years experience designing and applying fluid power systems. He has applied hydraulic and pneumatic components as well as automatic lube systems in industrial applications such as metal processing, material handling, chemical processing, and manufacturing. In mobile and off-road applications, he has designed systems used in agriculture, mining, forestry, construction, and marine equipment.

As an applications engineer, he has consulted with numerous clients to help select and apply all types of hydraulic pumps, motors and valves. These include axial and radial piston, gear, and vane units in both fixed and variable displacements. He has also worked extensively with gerotor pumps and motors as well as all type of high torque low speed motors. Due to his extensive applications experience, he has served as a consultant to major manufacturers on new pumps and pump control designs.

As Chief Engineer and General Manager of the valve division of a major fluid power company, Expert has directed and supervised development of valves and custom valve packages used throughout the mobile hydraulics industry. He directed development of a family of electro-mechanical servo-positioners for use with directional control valves, and hydraulic pumps. Most recently, he has developed and brought to market a line of electromechanical flow controls for use in the mobile market.

Expert has applied hydrostatic transmissions in propulsion systems for off-road machinery, processing and manufacturing machinery, conveyor drives, and other equipment. Applications range from small horsepower drives on lawn and garden equipment to large conveyor drives of 1000+ HP. He designed the propulsion system for the people-mover tour trams at Universal Studios, Universal City, CA.

Expert has selected and applied hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders for use in applications ranging from machine tools to physical therapy and hospital equipment to off-road machines. His experience includes material selection, construction, and seal designs.

Expert has participated in design of hydraulic systems involving pumps, motors, directional and pressure controls for both off- and on-road machinery as well as for industrial and marine applications. Duties have included component selection as well as design of custom cylinders, valves and specialty components.


fluid power


fluid power system




axial piston


gear pump


pump selection


hydraulic valve


directional control valve


control valve


automatic control servovalve


automatic control valve


relief valve


hydrostatic transmission


hydraulic cylinder






hydraulic motor


hydraulic pump


hydraulics design


poppet valve

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Minneapolis, Minnesota;  Saint Paul, Minnesota;  Rochester, Minnesota;  Burnsville, Minnesota;  Saint Cloud, Minnesota;  Eden Prairie, Minnesota;  Minnetonka, Minnesota;  and Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Often requested
with this expert:

Mechanical Engineering & Design, Hydraulic Systems, Tow...
Pump Design and Applications
Design of Pumps, Design of Fluid Systems, System Operation,...
Valves, Control Valves, Piping, Pipe Couplings, Pipe...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1967   B.S.   Mechanical Engineering   University of North Dakota  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1995 to





Independent Consultant


Expert procures and develops application of custom-engineered electro-mechanical actuators, hydraulic valves and components to the OEM market. He provides consulting services as opportunities arise.

1991 to 1994


ADDCO Manufacturing


Industrial Products Group


Director of Sales


He developed the market for line of electro-mechanical actuators for industrial and mobile markets.

1978 to 1991


J.N. Fauver Company, Inc.


Mobile Engineering Center


Chief Engineer, General Manager


Expert provided engineering support to sales staff of approximately 100 technical sales staff. He managed design and manufacturing operation for one of the nation's largest fluid power distributors.

1973 to 1979


J.N. Fauver Company, Inc.


Minneapolis Branch


Territory Manager


Expert promoted sales of hydraulic components and systems to Mobile and Industrial markets in assigned territory.

1972 to 1973


Air Hydraulics Systems, Inc.



Sales Engineer


He promoted sales of hydraulic components and systems to Mobile and Industrial markets in assigned territory.

1967 to 1972




Electro Products Div.


Project Engineer


Expert managed projects developing production machinery and systems for production of connectors for building trades and the telecommunications market.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a Registered Professional Engineer in Minnesota

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - SAE Paper  
 - Hydraulic and Pneumatics Magazine  

Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
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  • Expert for consulting on Compact rotary speed control system.
  • Expert for consulting on Product Development.
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  • Expert in R&D Vision & Technology Road Map Design for hydraulic motor.pump/valve.
  • Hydraulics expert for consulting on 20t excavators.
  • Mobile hydraulic engineering expert minnesota for consulting on Hydraulic telecscopic excavator.
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  • Expert for consulting on Use of Polymers in Actuators.
  • Expert for consulting on Fluid Power Engineering Project.
  • Gerotor expert for consulting on Gerotor pump.
  • Hydraulic pump expert for consulting on Hydraulic Pump Design.
  • Expert in Review Air valve and Analyze valve.
  • Hydraulic expert for consulting on Hydraulic system.
  • Expert in Hydraulic Services to assist with reviewing plans for a hydraulic pumping system.
  • Hydraulic valve expert for consulting on market opportunities for fluid control assemblies.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert has served as expert witness in suits involving product failures, personal injury, and death where fluid power issues were involved. He has been deposed in State and Federal venues. Most recently, he served with a team of consultants advising the US Dept. of Justice on issues involved in the Deepwater Horizon Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. He was deposed on these issues in Federal Court, New Orleans District. He is a registered Mechanical Engineer in the State of Minnesota
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Evaluation of Wheelchair Lift Failure.
  • Hydraulic pump expert for consulting on hydraulic pump involved in the malfunction of an amusement park ride.
  • Expert in dump truck hydraulics for consulting on dump truck hydraulic system.
  • Hydraulics system expert needed for consulting on hydraulic systems.
  • Hydrostatic drive expert for consulting on hydrostatic drive heavy equipment issues.
  • Valve expert for consulting on solenoid pneumatic valve issues.
  • Hydraulic motor expert for consulting on hydraulic rock saw.to serve as expert witness in litigation case.
  • Fluid power expert for consulting on Deal v. HPS.
  • Pump expert for consulting on pump failure issues.
  • Hydrostatic transmission expert witness for consulting on Vermeer rockwheel with hydrostatic transmission in product liability case.
  • Expert in hydraulics for litigation involving possible crane hydraulics failure.
  • Hydraulic cylinders expert witness for consulting on Litigation involving a hydraulic pump installed in the cab of a dump truck.
  • Expert in hydraulic press machinery to evaluate overall functioning of machine and tooling of machine for litigation case.
  • Expert in Auto Lift Accident Case
  • Expert in hydraulics.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:
Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

He has experience locating vendors of: hydraulic, pneumatic, and vacuum components; lubrication equipment, and special machining. He has access to the following resources: printed materials, personal contacts, and databases.

Other Skills and Services

Expert presently consults in his areas of expertise and has an impressive list of companies that have or are currently using systems or components he has developed. These companies include Agco, CNH, John Deere, and Caterpillar, among others.


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