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 Expert  724650

Expert in Metal Containers, Glass Containers, Beverage Packaging, Technology Development

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Colorado (CO)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

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has filling process knowledge for carbonated beverages with Coors Brewing and with soft drink filling locations to lower package oxygen levels, improve product yield, decrease defects.

Engineering at Colorado State University. He has designed high speed packaging machinery and can body and can lid forming machinery that ultimately became available to the industry. He has directly managed chemists, chemical, electrical, structural, mechanical, optics, corrosion engineers to the completion of complex multi-discipline projects ranging from beverage packaging systems to federally funded research programs on aircraft icing, airport security, satellite lubrication systems, mechanical systems reliability.

He has managed the engineering functions for a large scale glass container manufacturing and bottle filling plants. He has worked with consumer research firms to develop appealing consumer packaging for beverage products that were readily manufacturable and environmentally sustainable. Led team to select glass container melting and forming technologies for a major glass plant rebuild.

Designed low cost metal efficient beverage containers whose total manufactured volume is greater than 400 billion units which have been filled by Coors, Anheuser-Busch, Coke and Pepsi. Cumulatively, the designs represented greater performance and lower cost than competitive designs saving customers millions of dollars in metal costs while providing fillers and consumers improved performance as measured by consumer complaint data.

Selected and specified from commercially available glass, folding carton, label, closure, carton supplies, the package components used for the national rollouts of Coors Light and Killians.

Researched plastic closures and containers for oxygen sensitive beverages as well as the manufacturing processes and costs. Researched the compatibility of hard to hold and retorted beverages with aluminum containers and internal coating system. Researched the factors contributing to rapid loss of beverage carbonation and gushing complaints by consumers.

He has researched beverage active package structures including oxygen absorbers. He specified the materials and developed the supply chain to support the national rollouts of Coors Light and Killians including primary package, closures, labels, folding cartons, carriers, corrugated, slip pallets. Developed light weight and strong aluminum beverage can designs. Assisted with the development of aluminum bottle manufacturing technologies.

He has designed components of bottle and aluminum can filling lines beverage filling lines (uncaser, packer, custom conveyors), 60 inch wide plastic slip pallet manufacturing line, contributed to the design of can and lid forming machinery (bodymaker, trimmer, necker, sequential forming dies).


beverage packaging process




glass packaging material


package design


packaging development


packaging machinery design

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Denver, Colorado;  Colorado Springs, Colorado;  Aurora, Colorado;  Fort Collins, Colorado;  Arvada, Colorado;  Pueblo, Colorado;  Westminster, Colorado;  Boulder, Colorado;  Greeley, Colorado;  and Longmont, Colorado.

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Glass Bottles, Beverage Manufacturing & Packaging, Package...
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Packaging Machinery and System Design
Product Development for Glass & Plastic Packaging for the...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1982   MS   Mineral Economics   Colorado School of Mines  
1970   BS   Mechanical Engineering   University of Toledo  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1992 to 2006


Anheuser-Busch Packaging Group


Metal Container/Eagle Packaging/Longhorn Glass


Director Technical Development, VP Technology


Direct R&D of beverage container manufacturing and beverage compatibility. Develop specifications, audit suppliers

1989 to 1992


Miller Brewing


Quality Assurance


Manager Package Innovation


Identify beverage package innovation opportunities, develop with supplier teams

1986 to 1989


First Omega Group, Inc



Vice President


Won 7 Federal small business innovation awards for aircraft and highway ice detection, lubricants for use in low earth orbit, predictive failure systems, screening of airport passengers

1971 to 1989


Adolph Coors Co


Engineering, R&D


Manager R&D and Engineering


Manage R&D and engineering of beverage can, glass bottle, folding carton, filling, packaging, warehouse operations and design

1965 to 1971




Glass Container


Batch and furnace engineer


Engineering of furnaces and glass raw materials processing, R&D of advanced glass forming processes

Career Accomplishments:

SME, STLE, Glass Manufacturers Industry Council (GMIC)


Professional Engineer

Professional Appointments

CoChair GMIC Glass Strength (improvement) Steering Team


7 Federal Small Business Innovation Awards

Publications and Patents Summary

7 patents, 3 pending - patents cited over 100 times in subsequent applications by others

Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on comparative study between two metal containers: steel drums and aluminum bottles.
  • Expert in beverage packaging design and manufacture for consulting on Beverage container design and manufacturing.
  • Expert in aluminum stamping requirements for consulting on the manufacturability of a new beverage container.
  • Food production equipment expert -video for consulting on Production Line Equipment Specification and.
  • Beverage packaging engineer and expert for consulting on a new plastic beverage design.
  • Expert in glass container manufacturing.
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:
  • Expert for consulting on patent infringement litigation involving vented aluminum cans.
  • Expert in beverage canning process and design.
  • Plastic bottling expert needed for consulting regarding contamination of pre-forms.
  • Bottle expert needed for consulting on defending product liability case in ny.
  • Expert for consulting on glass vial manufacturing process in litigation case.
  • Expert in glass bottling and forensics for consulting on barbecue bottle that exploded causing injury
  • Expert in broken glass causation for glass jug type bottles.
  • Expert opinion on whether a faulty beverage canning process lead to loss.
  • Expert for consulting on Request for.
  • Bottled water industry expert witness for consulting.
  • Expert in packaging technology for litigation case involving glass particles found in food from food packaging.
  • Expert in bottling equipment for litigation involving processing delays.
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.

Market Research:
Specialist in design and specification of aluminum beverage cans.

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:

aluminum can manufacturing, metal forming tooling design

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Audit manufacturing processes and quality systems of aluminum rolling mills, coating suppliers, equipment builders

Other Skills and Services

registered professional engineer


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