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 Expert  725996

Expert in Industrial Clutches, Brakes and Torque Limiters

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Minnesota (MN)
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Summary of Expertise:

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He has been directly involved in the development, design, application and sales of clutches (brakes) for the past forty years. He is the holder of three patents; 1.) A single piston, clutch-brake combination, 2.) A two-speed clutch and a axially compact brake for servomotors. He has also written three white papers on the subject of holding, power-off devices for rotary and linear motion.

He has developed, designed, applied and sold fluid-power transmission devices for forty years. He holds three patents for fluid-powered devices and has written three white papers on the attributes of using fluid-power instead of electrical power.

He has designed clutches and brakes for mechanical power transmission and has provided selection and performance data to customers to allow them to make the right choices for product duty cycles.

He has had forty years' experience in the selection of pulleys and speed ratios used on pneumatic clutches. The selection process includes knowledge of torque, speed and horsepower.

He has staffed trade show booths at the National Design Engineering show, Pack Expo, IMTS, Baking Industry show, Internation Fluid Power show, Hannover Messe and Fabtech for the past thirty years. He is an expert in product placement, booth etiquette and attention getting methods.




fluid-power transmission


mechanical power transmission




trade show

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.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1968   Associate   Mechanical Power Transmission   Duluth Institute of Technology  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1999 to 2008


Nexen Group, Inc.


Sales and Marketing


Senior Technical Sales Representative


He is responsible for the promotion, application and sales of legacy and new products.

1968 to 1999


Horton Manufacturing Co. Inc.


Sales and Engineering


Technical Sales Rep and Engineering Services Manager


He was resposible for the design and development of clutches, brakes and torque limiters from conception to market ready products. He was also responsible for special projects and was the Business Unit Manager.

Publications and Patents Summary

He has three patents, written three white papers and has been published in 10 or 12 trade magazines.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Design News  
 - Plant Engineering  
 - MRO  
 - Power Transmission Design  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He has been deposed three times for asbestos material litigation and provided statements regarding the performance, installation, repair and safety of clutches and/or brakes on various machines.
  • He has provided in depth selection and performance criteria for brakes used for tensioning paper on turret unwind stands in the newpaper industry.
  • He has advised major converyor manufactures on the selection of clutch-brake combinations used in start/stop application and provided cost savings information for the same when compared to other methods of doing this work.
  • He provided selection data for the application of clutches on high-horsepower motors used on mullers in the foundry industry.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
He has provided advice in asbestos friction material litigation.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in brake presses in the 1960's and 70's (NY State asbestos litigation).
  • Automobile brake expert for litigation involving golf cart roll-over accident.
  • Clutch and brake expert for case involving asbestos in components.
  • Expert for consulting on Press phase of production of friction clutches.
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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1999 to 2007   Germany/Hannover   He has staffed the trade show booth at Hannover Messe on five occasions for Horton and Nexen.
2000 to 2001   Sweden/Amal   He worked with a major turret unwind stand manufacturer to develop unique tension brake solutions for their machines.
1997 to 1999   Japan/Tokyo, Osaka   He has trained Japanese sales personnel on the attributes of using air engaged clutch-brakes.

Market Research:
He has provided motion control advice for the application of clutches, brakes and torque limiters for production machinery in all industries; specifically paper converting, packaging, converyors, automotive production, etc.

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Additional Skills and Services:

He developed and promoted the value of air engaged clutch-brake combinations compared to electrically actuated clutch-brake combinations. He has written a white paper on this subject.

Other Skills and Services

He has written white papers for the understanding of brakes applied to servomotors and round guide rods.


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