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 Expert  726333

Expert in Thermal Processing of Advanced Materials.

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Pennsylvania (PA)
Education Work History Career Accomplishments Consulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

Summary of Expertise:

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He has extensive experience with the removal of binder systems from ceramic systems during post-processing, including safety, code compliance and practical aspects. Binders worked with range from "classic" organic binders to "catalytic" binders (e.g. BASF Catamold).

ceramic binder

He designed, sold, engineered and commissioned ceramic drying systems for a variety of products using waste heat, infrared, convection, infrared and RF technologies.

ceramic drying technology


ceramics drying

He has designed, commissioned and troubleshot automated spray, dip and waterfall glazing solutions for ceramic manufacturers.

ceramic glazing

He has designed, specified and selected ceramic kiln furniture made from high alumina, mullite, various silicon carbides and other materials. He can speak extensively about the pros and cons of the different material grades and their manufacturers.

He also was involved in patent infringement claims on nitride-bonded silicon carbide.


ceramic kiln furniture


furnace refractory system

Expert has spent his entire professional career working with kilns. Working for four leading kiln manufacturers, he has designed, engineered, sold and commissioned all styles of kilns: Roller hearth, pusher plate, tunnel, shuttle, elevator, laboratory, kilns heated both with electricity and fuels.

He has spent time evaluating microwave processing compared to conventional heating methods, and has found that in most cases, it is not economical.




ceramic material heat treatment


ceramic sintering

Expert has worked for his entire professional career in the heat treatment equipment industry which has brought him practical experience with a variety of heat resistant materials, including ceramics, metals and specialty materials (e.g. bearings). As a consultant he has worked with a variety of manufacturers to help them find cost-effective solutions to their heat-resistant materials problems.

heat-resistant material


refractory metal alloy

Expert has worked his entire professional career with furnace manufacturers, working with customers to develop processes for sintering ceramics and metals using a variety of heating technologies and systems. As a ceramic engineer, Expert has studied the fundamentals of sintering, and this coupled with his practical knowledge brings a unique insight to the customers he has helped.


Expert, a Ceramic Engineer, has worked with clients to specify ceramic materials for cost-effective and reliable solutions to their processing problems. Spending his entire career in the heat treatment industry, Expert brings special knowledge in selecting heat-resistant materials. He also has personal relationships with many manufacturers of ceramic materials, knowing their properties and capabilities.

ceramic material selection


ceramic material


ceramic engineering

Expert, a Ceramic Engineer, has worked on firing systems his entire career. The relationship between defect-free-forming and defect-free firing results has given him unique insights into the successful forming of ceramic materials.

He has worked with all types of ceramic materials, including tape cast, pressed, thick film, machined components, jiggered, cast, and even hand-made artware.

He has also worked designing fully automated systems that begin by extracting parts from the forming operation and transporting them through firing and beyond.


ceramic forming


ceramic processing

Expert through his career designing heat treatment systems, has specified a large number of short-run specialty ceramic items for use in these systems. As a result, he has developed an extensive network of suppliers who can efficiently manufacture unique ceramic components in lots as small as one. He has also helped clients specify components that need to be produced in small lots at first, and economically ramped to large quantities after the concept is proven.

ceramic prototype

Expert has worked extensively solving heat treatment and other processing problems for manufacturers of techinical ceramics, including electrical, electrochemical, structural and functional materials.

technical ceramic

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, New York;  Newark, New Jersey;  Jersey City, New Jersey;  Paterson, New Jersey;  Elizabeth, New Jersey;  Trenton, New Jersey;  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;  Allentown, Pennsylvania;  Reading, Pennsylvania;  and Baltimore, Maryland.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1993   BSci   Ceramic Engineering   Alfred University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2008 to







He is owner of this consulting firm that provides manufacturing and equipment advice to ceramics and advanced materials companies.

2004 to 2008


Nabertherm USA






As President of this US subsidiary of a German manufacturer of furnaces for the industrial, laboratory and arts markets, he grew this US division from a $ 2MM to $ 5MM organization. Growth was achieved by attracting large key distributor clients, including Cole Parmer, GT Solar and Henry Schein.

1995 to 2004


Eisenmann Corporation




Various, ending as Division Manager


Rose through the ranks of the US office of this German manufacturer of industrial process and material handling equipment, beginning as a service engineer and working as staff engineer, sales, before promoted to Division Manager of the Ceramics business unit.

1993 to 1995


Swindell Dressler International



Commissioning Engineer


As commissioning engineer, he started up kiln systems worldwide, personally increasing the world's supply of toilets by more than 6,000 per day.

Career Accomplishments:


Professional Appointments

Editorial advisory board, Ceramic Industry Magazine

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He worked with a pre-IPO fuel cell manufacturer to refine and develop new thermal processes for the manufacture and testing of their components.
  • He worked with an early-stage manufacturer of electronic materials to help select materials and equipment for the high-temperature processing of an aggressive and toxic product.
  • He helped several manufacturers identify alternate sources for temperature-resistant components improving process reliability and reducing purchase cost for the manufacturers.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Ceramic engineer expert witness for consulting on Ceramic Propp.
  • Expert for consulting on ceramic tubes for rotary calciner process.
  • Expert in glass to carbon adhesion
  • Electricity generation expert for consulting on power/electricity generation at Soil Remediation Facility.
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:
Successfully diverted a product liability subrogation claim by proving contributory negligence on the part of the client before legal action was initiated.

Prepared defenses for breach of contract claims in industrial equipment deliveries. Claims were settled prior to litigation.

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
2000 to   Germany   Worked extensively for German manufacturers of industrial equipment exporting to the USA. Communicated differences between US and German regulations and import / export issues.
1995 to 2000   Korea   Several extended assignments in Korea installing and troubleshooting industrial equipment.
1994 to 1994   China   Installed and commissioned the first heat treat furnace for fast-firing ceramics, and trained local personnel on its operation.
2000 to 2001   India   Installed and commissioned an integrated steel finishing line for a multinational appliance manufacturer. Managed a team of local contractors to achieve goals.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
German   He regularly translates technical and marketing materials from the German to English. Not fluent speaking or writing German.

Market Research:
Well connected to the Fuel Cell industry.

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:

Developed and Delivered seminars on: Ceramic firing, heat treat furnace maintenance / troubleshooting, combustion system theory / troubleshooting, automating industrial processes, energy optimization in heat treat applications, and industrial SCADA system design.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Sourced ceramic fixtures, and heat treat system components as a primary job responsibility. Have extensive experience and supplier relationships in sourcing heat treatment and systems and accessories.


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