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 Expert  722680

Expert in Thermal Systems, New Product Development, Finite Element Analysis


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Michigan (MI)
USA
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

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Expert managed a concurrent engineering team that designed and developed the world's first commercial scroll refrigerant compressor. He was responsible for developing the compressor design, manufacturing processes and production implementation of those processes. The compressor was a commercial success, meeting all design goals and expectations, remaining in production for over ten years, allowing the company to increase market share and margin on products utilizing this new compressor technology. Expert has experience in research and development, concept evaluation and development, design and analysis, performance and reliability testing, production implementation, and production support including quality improvement and cost reduction.

The effective design and development of a refrigerant compressor includes knowledge of many functional areas of engineering expertise. Among these are machine design, stress analysis, bearing design (rolling element and hydrodynamic), lubrication, tribology, materials analysis and selection, induction motor design and motor protection, fluid flow, heat transfer, thermodynamics, noise and vibration, performance testing, reliability testing, packaging and shipping, air-conditioning applications, heat pump application, and refrigeration application.

In addition to his compressor and related HVAC experience, Expert was vice president of engineering for a company that manufactured heat exchangers for domestic and commercial refrigeration products. Expert has knowledge of the design and manufacture of refrigerant heat exchangers, domestic refrigeration appliances (white goods), and commercial refrigeration equipment.

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compressor design

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bearing design

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design engineering

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heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning equipment

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machine design

Expert has extensive experience developing new mechanical and heat transfer technology with 17 years in progressive engineering management positions, including vice president of engineering. He also has five years experience managing numerous consulting projects. . Expert is a strategic thinker with vision and innovative solutions to complex technical and managerial problems. He has strong expertise and a proven track record at developing new technology, new methods and new systems in complex engineering environments. He is an inventor on over 29 patents.

Expert developed a new web-based system to find and display engineering drawings to any authorized person in the company, greatly improving communication and reducing errors. He developed a new web based engineering change management system improving communication, eliminating errors and reducing average approval time from 31 to 11 days. This system was adopted for electronic document approval throughout the company.

Expert developed a new web-based product cost estimate system reducing average completion time from 40 days to 15 days. He implemented a new project management system incorporating stage/gate processes to better communicate, manage and ensure strategy alignment of all engineering projects. All projects completed under budget and on schedule. Expert selected and implemented computer aided engineering tools including Computer Aided Design (CAD), Product Data Management (PDM), and Finite Element Analysis (FEA). Implementation of these tools improved team communication, product quality and reduced product development time.

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development engineering management

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integrated product team

Expert has over 30 years' experience in product development, including 17 years in progressive engineering management positions culminating with seven years as vice president of engineering. During this time, Expert focused heavily on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the engineering process by eliminating errors and reducing time to market. This was accomplished by developing and implementing state of the art tools aimed at creating a process oriented, procedure driven engineering culture. These procedures and processes included a well-defined stage gate project management process based on design and manufacturing reviews, integrated project teams, concurrent engineering and six-sigma product design. As part of the executive management team, Expert also implemented the tools and procedures to develop product and technology strategy in support of the business strategy. This included portfolio planning and project matrix analysis. Taken all together, these tools and processes constitute Integrated Product Development whereby Expert was able to improve the entire product realization process by minimizing non-value added effort while reducing time to market and improving customer satisfaction.
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design process

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design review

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integrated product development

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new product development

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machine design review

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project management

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stage gate process

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thermal technology


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Detroit, Michigan;  Warren, Michigan;  Flint, Michigan;  Sterling Heights, Michigan;  Lansing, Michigan;  Ann Arbor, Michigan;  Livonia, Michigan;  Dearborn, Michigan;  Fort Wayne, Indiana;  and Toledo, Ohio.

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Compressor Design and Evaluation
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Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1975   B.S.   Mechanical Engineering   University of Nebraska - Linclon   With Distinction

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2003 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 


 

Owner

 

Expert is owner and principal consultant of this engineering consulting and technology development company. He has extensive experience developing new mechanical and heat transfer technology with 17 years in progressive engineering management positions, and five years experience in managing numerous consulting projects. He is a strategic thinker with vision and innovative solutions to complex technical and managerial problems. He has strong expertise and proven track record at developing new technology, new methods and new systems in complex engineering environments. He is an inventor on over 29 patents.

1999 to 2003

 

Brazeway

 

Refrigeration Products

 

Vice President, Refrigeration Engineering

 

Expert managed the refrigeration business unit engineering department. This included product research, design and development, manufacturing engineering, fabrication engineering, engineering laboratory, sample shop and all engineering records and support functions. He developed the engineering organization into a self-directed, procedure driven, project oriented team with greatly increased resource capabilities, including both people and facilities.

* Initiated Six Sigma at Brazeway resulting in $2M savings in the first two years. Trained as Six Sigma Executive, Champion and certified Green Belt. * Focused engineering Six Sigma effort on Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) utilizing Quality Function Deployment (QFD) and Design of Experiments (DOE). * Developed a new welding process using Design for Six Sigma tools and techniques with a production defect rate less than 50 ppm for a direct annual cost savings of $1M. This offers realistic elimination of leak testing and an additional $2M cost savings potential. * Completed engineering material and quality cost reduction projects resulting in $1M annual cost savings. * Developed new web based system to find and display engineering drawings to any authorized person in the company, greatly improving communication and reducing errors. * Developed new web based engineering change management system improving communication, eliminating errors and reducing average approval time from 31 to 11days. This system was adopted for electronic document approval throughout the company. * Developed new web based product cost estimate system reducing average completion time from 40 days to 15 days. * Implemented new project management system incorporating stage/gate processes to better communicate, manage and ensure strategy alignment of all engineering projects. All projects completed under budget and on schedule.

1996 to 1999

 

Tecumseh Products Company

 

North American Compressor Group

 

Vice President, Product Engineering

 

Expert was responsible for entire refrigerant compressor product engineering department of 120 people with an annual budget of $15M. This included design engineering, engineering records, test laboratory, engineering tool room, model shop and sample shop.

* Implemented accelerated life test techniques, greatly improving product reliability and durability while reducing product development time. * Selected and implemented computer aided engineering tools including Computer Aided Design (CAD), Product Data Management (PDM) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA). Implementation of these tools improved team communication, product quality and reduced product development time.

1975 to 1996

 

Trane Company

 

Various

 

Manager, Engineering

 

1990-1996 Manager – Scroll Compress Engineering, Tyler, Texas

Expert managed a concurrent engineering team developing a new residential scroll refrigerant compressor. Responsible for developing the compressor design, manufacturing processes and production implementation of those processes. Expert developed basic scroll compressor technology resulting in extensive patent portfolio used as an asset in forming a joint venture partnership with a major competitor.

1986-1990 Manager – Scroll Compressor, LaCrosse, Wisconsin Expert managed the scroll compressor development engineering department. He designed and developed the world's first commercial scroll refrigerant compressor. Supported production implementation, meeting all development goals and expectations. Compressor design was in profitable production for over ten years allowing Trane Company to increase market share and margin on products utilizing this technology.

1975-1986 Development Engineer, LaCrosse, Wisconsin Expert successfully served as development engineer and test engineer prior to managerial promotion.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

Expert is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). He active in many technical committees; currently a member of TC 8.9 Residential Refrigerators and Freezers; TC 8.1 Positive Displacement Compressors; and is Chairman of SPC 179P Methods of Test for Life Testing Positive Displacement Refrigerant Compressors. He is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

He is an inventor with over 29 U.S. patents.


Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • A client developing a new vending machine was having "freeze up" problems with a rotating shaft. Two days of Expert's on-site consultation resulted in a determination of the cause of the problem, a redesign of the shaft seals, and a happy client.
  • Designed 75-200 T liquid and air cooled chiller line using screw compressors and brazed plate heat exchangers.
  • Designed 50 T water cooled chiller for domestic water heating application.
  • Analyzed, designed and tested air source swimming pool heat pumps to meet increased minimum efficiency standards in Florida.
  • Designed forced air refrigerated food service table to meet new NSF temperature requirements.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Refrigeration Expert needed for consultation regarding Refrigeration recovery compressors.
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  • Refrigeration pressure vessel engineer expert needed for consulting regarding low pressure CO2 storage vessels, refrigeration system design.
  • Expert in how to get cb certificate for refrigeration for consulting on Obtaining CB Certification for Refrigeration Equipment.
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:
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Compressor expert for consulting on scroll compressor issues.
  • Expert in manufacturing of air conditioning units for consulting on design and manufacturing of commercial air conditioning unit.
  • Expert for consulting on request: refrigeration for patent litigation.
  • Expert in mechanical engineering for consulting on fire risk product analysis.
  • Expert for consulting on stability of industrial chiller regarding an industrial accident.
  • Scroll compressor expert for consulting on scroll compressor design.
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.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1982 to 1992   Japan   Expert was responsible for technology transfer and technical support of four compressor licensees in Japan.
1996 to 1998   Brazil   Expert lead an effort to develop global specifications, engineering procedures, and product platforms with a satellite compressor engineering department located in Brazil.
1996 to 1998   France   Expert lead an effort to develop global specifications, engineering procedures and product platforms with a satellite engineering department located in France.
1999 to 2003   Great Britain   Expert was responsible for technology transfer and technical support of a heat exchanger licensee with headquarters in Great Britain and operations in Turkey and China.

Market Research:
As an integral part of his new product experience, he has taken products from concept development and feasibility studies to full volume production including production quality and cost reduction support and technology licensing.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:
Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has spent much of his career developing new products. As such, he has a great deal of experience identifying, qualifying, and working closely with suppliers of numerous materials and components.


 

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