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 Expert  723362

Expert in Fastener Engineering, Fastener Failure Analysis, Fastener Quality Evaluation, Forensic Analysis.

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Illinois (IL)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

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Expert specializes in: Fastener Failure Analysis, Training, Operations Improvement, Quality Systems and Continuous Improvements, Technical Marketing, Cost Reductions, Fastener Deproliferation, ISO 9000 and Product Manual Preparation and Updating, Customer Satisfaction Metrics and Analysis, Process Mapping and Root Cause Analysis, Calculating Torque Values for any variety of Grade, Diameter or Material Bolt and other technical services to help add to your bottom line.

FASTENER FAILURE ANALYSIS Nuts and bolts break causing downtime and revenue loss. You need to know how and why it failed to be able to prevent future reoccurrences. Prevention will help eliminate liability risks, promote client retention and customer satisfaction. Fasteners can fail due to an unnerving variety of common and simple reasons, many of which are caused by normal routine maintenance practices and procedures. Expert can create a detailed failure analysis report with corrective actions.

TORQUE VALUE COMPUTATION AND JOINT ANALYSIS Have large diameter fasteners you need to tighten properly? Have bolts you cannot identify? Have a multiple bolt connection you need to be sure is evenly loaded? Need to properly tighten a joint with a gasket to be sure it doesn't leak? Problems with wheel bolts? Treads on Snow Cats loosening? He will provide torque values for any diameter bolt, any style, any material.

TRAINING Satisfy your ISO training requirements by one of Expert's programs. Technical seminars can be for internal personnel as well as customers and for sales product training: Fasteners, Welding, Hydraulic Hose and Hose Fittings. This can also be in the form of product applications and failure analysis with preventative measures. Expert also offers training for ISO internal auditors.

WRITING QC / QA Manuals, ISO Manuals or section updates, Process Procedures and Instructions. Specifications for Fasteners, Materials Specifications, Test Specifications, Plating or Surface Finishing. Product Manuals and Updating to latest ISO, SAE, ASTM or other Industry Standards. Technical Marketing Brochures and Literature.

OPERATIONS IMPROVEMENT Process Mapping, Root Analysis, Lean and 6-Sigma methodologies for business, manufacturing and supply chain. Establish Continuous Improvement Practices, Auditing Schedules and Documentation Methods. Internal and External Customer Satisfaction Metrics, Vendor Performance Evaluation Metrics, Corrective Action Reports.

WELDING Basic to Intermediate levels and a refresher for Advanced welders. Training for sales personnel on the Features-Advantages-Benefits of Alloy electrodes; how to sell and demonstrate their products. Expert can teach customers how to maximize the use of their Alloy Electrodes or common stick rods. Discussed are: Electrode Diameters and their use with different thickness materials; AC/DC differences; Duty Cycle ratings; AWS numbering system; Joint Preparation and Types; Techniques for Cast Iron; Techniques for Out-of-Position welding and more.


American Society of Mechanical Engineers standard


anaerobic adhesive


fastener coating material


fastener manufacturing


fastener quality


fastening bolt


fastening lock


fastening nut


hexagonal nut


hexagonal-head bolt


high-strength bolt


Industrial Fasteners Institute


lock washer




lug nut


mechanical fastener


mechanical fastener code


mechanical fastener standard


metal fastener


metric fastener


metric system


tension testing


threaded fastener


threaded fastener engineering


threaded fastener failure analysis


threaded fastener manufacturing


threaded fastener reliability


threaded fastener testing


threaded fastener testing machine


threaded fastener tightening


threaded fastener torque-tension test equipment





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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 Madison, Wisconsin.

Often requested
with this expert:

Fastener Engineering
Advancing Fastening Design and Application Engineering,...
Fasteners, Latching mechanisms, structures, aircraft...
Threaded Fasteners Reliability

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1968   BS   Metallurgical Engineering   Purdue University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1993 to 2004


Kar Products


Director, Corp. Quality & Product Eng.


He was engaged with Operations Improvement, Process Re-engineering, ISO 9001 certification and auditing, lean, 6-sigma, product marketing, P&L responsibility, FMEA; extensive background with SAE, ISO and ASTM standards; author and published.

1976 to 1993


Bowman/Barnes Group Inc.


Chief Engineer


Developed high strength fasteners, wrote technical books on fasteners, welding, hydraulics; trained sales personnel and customers on product safety and applications; develop standards, specifications, test methods and test laboratory.

1974 to 1976


Lea-Ronal, Inc.


Sales Engineer


Develop sales in electroplating specialty chemicals and develop non-cyanide zinc and cadmium plating systems as well as develop electroless nickel for market.

1969 to 1974


Therm-O-Disc, Inc


Materials Engineer


as a manufacturer of thermostats, he developed tests of the materials and finished products, performed failure analysis, materials substitutions for cost reductions, metal finishing standards, wrote specifications and designed a highly efficient electroless nickel production plating line.

1955 to 1969


Republic Steel research Center




He was in the metals coatings division working on a shared patent for vapor deposition of aluminum onto steel in a vacuum.

Career Accomplishments:


Professional Appointments

Vice-Chair ASTM F16 Committee on Fasteners (current) Chairman ASTM F16.01 fastener Test Methods ( 18 yrs.)


ASTM Award of Merit and Fellow of the Society 2005 Honorary award from SAE

Publications and Patents Summary

He has four books, published in 5 publications and is currently columnist in two international technical magazines.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - KP Publications  
 - BG Publishing  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1999 to 2002   US Marine Repair Base   Consultant   Check materials, give specifications, present safety training programs for fasteners.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Was retained by law firm to give expert testimony for defendant for an automotive related failure. After examination of broken pieces, he identified the cause as being unrelated to defendant's involvement.
  • Problems with fasteners on a locomotive engine. He identified the problem was due to heat and liquid metal embrittlement of a part, made suggestions for material substitutions and different processing to solve problem.
  • Problems with clutch bolts on a metro bus. He identified the problem was due to after-market products but made corrections to assembly practices to be able to still use the products without scrapping them, saving time, money and down-time.
  • Problems with wheel studs on bus. He identified the problem, offered correction techniques to eliminate failures.
  • Cement truck bolts were breaking. He identified the failure as stress-corrosion-cracking. Determined the cause was from the common practice of washing the vehicles down with muriatic acid. The bolts were in a blind area and not being neutralized. Drain holes were drilled and better rinsing was employed.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in alkaline zinc plating needed to evaluate plating procedures.
  • Expert for consulting on fea analysis.
  • Expert in screw thread design for consulting on large thread design.
  • Expert for consulting on UNJ threadform tensile stress area.
  • Intota expert 722457 for consulting on Threaded Fastener Failure Consultation.
  • Fastening expert for consulting on Product Development.
  • Hydraulic hose fittings expert for consulting on Hydraulic Hose couplings.
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:
He has served as an expert witness. He wrote opinions and conclusions for one case, was deposed for another case.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in Failure Analysis.
  • Expert in gaskets for consulting on failure analysis of oilfield flange/gasket seal.
  • Expert in fasteners & brackets to opine on why cable came loose from door frame.
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
1992 to 1992   Canada, Montreal   He examined material traceability during manufacturing, made recommendations for quality assurance and marketing.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   He has not had recent practice and is medium proficiency until up to speed.
Itailan   He has had exposure, can get along but minimal practice. Usage based on being able to know French basics.

Market Research:
Manager of product marketing managers. Brand management, brought new wekding line to market, increasing sales over 125% first quarter. P&L for over $35,000,000. Restructured product marketing in US and Canada for Kar Products, became profitible first time in 5 years.

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:

Training seminars on Fastener Safety, with a test instrument to illustrate dynamics. Training seminars on welding techniques, rod types, use. Training on hydraulic hose and fittings. Developed all of above and delivered all subjects to sales personnel and customers.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Helped bolt manufacturer select the proper subcontractor for plating and heat treating. Sourced and selected washer manufacturer for punch abilities for hardened F436 washers. Selected stainless steel manufacturers on quality of pipe fittings. Selected bolt manufacturers from test specimens for manufacturing special alloy fastener. Selected nut manufacturer after auditing capabilities of many.

Other Skills and Services

Operations improvement, using root analysis of the supply chain, lean and 6-sigma methodologies, netted profit of over $3,000,000. Cost reductions, value-added engineering, quality management, customer satisfaction metrics.


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