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 Expert  711252

Expert in Metal Finishing

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Illinois (IL)
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Expert has 30 years of practical experience in metal finishing. He specializes in plating (electroplating, electroless plating), anodizing, degreasing, phosphating, decorative coatings, and using unique coatings for a wide variety of applications.

Expert's expertise in plating extends beyond the actual processes involved to the design and troubleshooting of plating shops and their waste treatment systems. He has participated in or headed the design of several Chicago area plating lines and waste treatment systems including a $400,000 retrofit of a 120 gpm system for Imperial Clevite. He was also Chief Consultant to Lockwood Greene Engineering in the design of a new $14,000,000 plating facility and waste treatment system for the Navy.

Expert's work in metal finishing has made him an expert in many aspects of corrosion. He is knowledgeable with respect to hydrogen embrittlement, atmospheric corrosion, corrosion prevention through coatings and electrical methods, and material selection and protection in a variety of corrosive environments. He even researched and solved a bi-metallic corrosion problem occurring in ECG electrodes that resulted in a revolutionary change in the way these electrodes are produced.

Expert has in-depth knowledge of regulatory affairs and compliance with environmental regulations.


metal finishing process


waste management


hazardous-waste management




corrosion prevention


environmental regulation


environmental compliance


hazardous waste management regulation

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Chicago, Illinois;  Rockford, Illinois;  Aurora, Illinois;  Naperville, Illinois;  Joliet, Illinois;  Elgin, Illinois;  South Bend, Indiana;  Gary, Indiana;  Milwaukee, Wisconsin;  and Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Often requested
with this expert:

Metal Finishing, Parts Cleaning, Electroplating,...
Titanium & Aluminum Anodize, All Plating and Finishing
Metal Finishing - From Anodizing to Zinc plating -...
Wastewater & Permits, Electro/ Electroless/ Semiconductor...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1980   M.S.   Metallurgy   Illinois Institute of Technology  
1974   B.S.   Chemical Engineering   Illinois Institute of Technology  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

2006 to




Vice President


Expert is the former president of Scientific Control Labs, an engineering consultancy providing services to the metal finishing industry and a wide array of environmental, physical, and chemical testing. SCL, Inc. also offers training programs for plating industry personnel, including courses on OSHA compliance, wastewater treatment, pollution prevention, and plating. In 2006, Expert sold his business and became an industry consultant and instructor/Technical Director for AESF.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of American Electroplaters and Surface Finishers Society (AESF). He is also the Technical Director of this organization (a paid position).


Expert was awarded a "Master of Surface Finishing" status by the Board of the AESF Foundation.


Expert was the recipient of the AESF Past President's Award, the NAMF Award of Special Recognition, and the AESF Leadership Award.

Publications and Patents Summary

He has written over 50 metal finishing/waste treatment related articles for Plating and Surface Finishing, Finishers Management, Industrial Finishing Magazine, Metal Finishing, and Products Finishing Magazines. He authored a full-length book, published by AESF. Additionally, he publishes a monthly article in Plating and Surface Finishing.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Plating and Surfacing Finishing  

Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Nickel Electroplating Troubleshooting.
  • Zinc plating process expert for consulting on circuit board manufacturing issues.
  • Expert in tin plating problems.
  • Expert for consulting on Zinc plating on Steel parts.
  • Expert in Metal anodizing, electroless nickel, electroplate nickel.
  • Refractory metal expert for consulting on refractory metal issues.
  • Expert in titanium for consulting on cosmetic finishes available along with projected costs.
  • Expert for consulting on consultation
  • Stainless steel pipe corrosion expert for consulting on Stainless Steel Pipe Corrosion.
  • Expert processing engineer electroplating for consulting on Chrome process.
  • Expert in analysis of dye defects for consulting on nylon/polyester fabrics.
  • Chromium expert for consulting on historical industry experience related to processes involving chromium.
  • Electroplating expert for consulting on electroplating.
  • Expert in zinc phosphates for consulting on improvements in immersion process and crystalline structures on OCTG steels as well as determine tribological properties.
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:
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.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
German   Expert is able to speak, read, and write non-technical German.

Additional Skills and Services:
Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has experience locating vendors of waste disposal, metal finishing equipment and waste treatment equipment. He also has access to a database of resources.


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