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 Expert  727321

Expert in Dust Collection Equipment, Bag and Cartridge Filters, System Design, Controls, Pneumatic Conveying


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Arkansas (AR)
USA
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His primary expertise is in dust separation equipment, including dust collectors, baghouses, cartridge collectors, dust filters and cyclones. Expert has worked for four different companies that manufactured and installed dust separation equipment. His design experience includes pulse jet collectors, low pressure high volume round collectors, cartridge collectors and cyclones. Expert is experienced in design, application and sizing, system layouts and turnkey projects. He also has extensive knowledge on various control systems and protocols for dust collection systems and multiple banks of dust collectors as seen in power plants. He is also very familiar with the various types of dust processing equipment to transfer the dust from the collector to its final destination. This experience includes pneumatic conveying dilute phase, airlocks, double dump valves, and mechanical conveyors.
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dust collector system

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baghouse

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dust filter

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dust-separation equipment

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cyclone collector

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cyclone separator

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caartridge dust collector

Expert's experience in dust collector design application selection have required him to become an expert in dust explosion hazards and dust explosion venting. He is very familiar with the NFPA guidelines that cover dust explosion hazards. Expert has applied guidelines and calculations found in NFPA 13, NFPA 68, NFPA 69, NFPA 484, NFPA 654 and NFPA 664.
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explosion hazard

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dust explosion

Mikes expertise with industrial exhaust systems and design encompasses almost 30 years of his employment experience. His design experience is focused on dust collection systems and pneumatic conveying systems. He is capable of doing complete system layouts, static balancing, hood design and air mover selection. His dust handling experience spans from capturing dust at the source, separating it in a filter or mechanical separator and conveying it from the separator to the storage equipment. This experience also makes him a good choice for solving problems with existing systems or planning expansion of existing systems.
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piping system

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piping system design

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piping system design review

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industrial exhaust system

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dust handling

Expert has been involved in designing and selecting centrifugal blowers throughout his career. Prior to becoming an engineer, he did CAD work designing a line of heavy duty paper handling blowers. Since then his career in air filtration and dust collection systems and equipment design has kept him in a position to select, specify and purchase centrifugal blowers for a multitude of applications.
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centrifugal blower

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piping system design

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piping system design review

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industrial exhaust system

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dust handling

Expert is proficient in AutoCAD, Solidworks and Cosmos computer aided design software.
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computer-aided design

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computer-aided design software

Throughout Expert's career he has been involved in manufacturing. His first design job consisted of designing weldments in the 80's before computer aided design was available. He excelled at sheet metal layout techniques such as triangulation. He has created design patterns for weldments weighing from 5 lbs up to 2 tons per piece. Later employment involved design of round baghouse filters up to 20 ft diameter that went on a Gold mining project in Nevada. Expert always listened to the people who assembled his designs because that is the best way to improve the design. Other design experience included injection molded plastic parts and plastic and aluminum extrusions. In a most recent project Expert was able to reduce warrantee costs of a product line by 85% through design for assembly and manufacturability. This was accomplished by paying attention to the problems of the assembly department and service department and implementing their ideas and solving their problems.
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design for assembly

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design for manufacturability

Expert is a Professional Mechanical Engineer. He is strong in mechanical assemblies, drives, weldments and fabrications, pneumatic devices and controls, PLC controls, P&ID diagrams, industrial dust collection system and component design, fans, pumps, injection molded plastics, aluminum and plastic extrusions and failure analysis. He passed the PE exam in 99 and was honored with the highest score on the engineer in training exam during college. Expert also has a strong electrical background and lack only one semester from obtaining an electrical engineering degree.
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engineering

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design for manufacturability

Expert's career has been focused around industrial air filtration systems and equipment. To properly design/select the proper system and equipment, knowledge about the dust must be obtained. To properly select a baghouse filter or cartridge filter you need to know the type of dust, the particle distribution, the rate of flow of the dust along with other process information like temperature and humidity. Other characteristics of the dust that must be evaluated include adhesive and cohesive nature, hygroscopic tendencies, particle shape and its abrasive characteristics. Years of dust collector and system design have help Expert become an expert in this area.
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baghouse filtration

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dust filtration

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filtration

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dust material

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dust particle

Industrial air pollution and industrial air quality for a factory are directly related to dust control in a factory environment. Expert has been involved in this field since high school. His abilities/experience range from design of source capture devices, filtration equipment, piping systems, and dust transfer systems. Dust in a factory can also become a fire or explosion hazard. Identifying this hazard and providing solutions to eliminate it are also among the many strengths that Expert has acquired through experience.
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industrial air pollution

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industrial air quality

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dust control

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dust material

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dust particle

One of the biggest advancements in industrial dust collection in the last 30 years has been improvements to the filter fabrics. Expert's experience designing dust collectors and specifying proper filter media for an application over the years required him to stay abreast of current filter fabric technology. Expert currently contracts with one of the premier filter fabric manufacturers in America.
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bag filter

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fabric filter

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dust bag

Expert is currently serving on the NFPA committee for Handling and Conveying of Dusts, Vapors, and Gases (CMD-HAP). This committee controls NFPA 654, 655 and 91. Expert is experienced with all of the NFPA combustible dust standards. Expert currently uses his knowledge in this area to train associates and customers with respect to the combustible dust standards. Expert has published several white papers on the subject.
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National Fire Protection Association code

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flammable material

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dust bag


Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Memphis, Tennessee;  and Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Often requested
with this expert:

Industrial Gas Cleaning Systems
Boiler Combustion, Boiler Air Pollution Control, Utility...
Dust, Liquid and Gas Fire and Explosion Hazards; Process...
Mercury Recovery/ Recycling

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1991   BS   Mechanical Engineering   University of Memphis   Magna Cum Laude

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2009 to 2010

 

(Undisclosed) (Eponymous)

 


 

Professional Engineer

 

Expert has operated as a consulting engineer specializing in improving performance of existing baghouse systems and related conveying systems for the dust. Industries include Biofuel power generation, precious metals mining, foundries and plating.

2005 to 2009

 

Action Graphix

 

Engineering

 

VP of Engineering

 

He was responsible for all engineering activities including product design, research and development and sales support.

1997 to 2005

 

Farr APC

 

Engineering

 

Chief Engineer

 

Expert was responsible for all engineering activities including product design, research and development and sales support.

1993 to 1997

 

Alanco Environmental

 

Engineering

 

Engineer

 

He was responsible for order processing from sales. Produced drawings, bills of materials and manufacturing details.

1991 to 1993

 

Mac Equipment

 

Engineering

 

Engineer

 

Expert was responsible for project management of a $2M project for Newmont Gold and a $4M project for Kennecot Copper.

1981 to 1988

 

Aircon Corporation

 

Engineering

 

Designer

 

Expert moved from sweeping the floor to the engineering department and eventually a system designer.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

NFPA, Thermal spray safety committee

Licenses/Certifications

PE License obtained in 1999

Professional Appointments

Committee Member of NFPA 655, 91 and 654

Awards/Recognition

Highest score in class on the Engineering In Training exam. 1991


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

He has one patent and one patent pending.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Coal Gen 2010  
 - Pending  
 - CSC Publishing  
 - Plant Engineering  
 - Processing Magazine  
 - CSC Publishing  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert is working with a Northeastern public power company to fix problems with the ash removal system and problems with wear on bags for an 8 compartment baghouse on a biofuel boiler.
  • Expert is helping a filter manufacturer design and build a test system to test efficiency of a dust collector per forthcoming ASHREA standards.
  • Expert worked with a sign company that makes changeable message signs for toolbooths. The goal was to improve the design and reduce costs.
  • Expert has worked as a contract estimator for a local company on some projects that they did not have the manpower to get to.
  • Expert created automated quote spreadsheets for a local powder paint company.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in 726374 for consulting on Dust Control for Toner Plant.
  • Baghouse expert for consulting on Conversion of Electrostatic Precipitators to Baghouse Fiilter for Coal Fired Power Station.
  • Dust explosion expert for consulting on dust explosion prevention.
  • Expert in Chromium emissions - Rotary Kiln Incinerator.
  • Cyclone separator design expert for consulting on Improve Cyclone separator efficiency.
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:
Expert was expert engineer in a lawsuit involving the death of a person from a dust collector explosion. Deposition last 12 hours.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert witness dust collector for consulting on Design Defect.
  • Dust fire expert needed for dust fire accident
  • "Expert witness" directory wood dust collector for consulting on Wood Dust.
  • Expert in Patent Case *JJ.
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:
Expert's experience with four different dust collection equipment manufacturers gives him a unique understanding of how this equipment differs and how different manufactures have claims of performance that may or may not be beneficial to the end user. The industry is dominated by internal manufacturer experience that is not taught at any university. Customers should be aware of this because industrial dust collection is often referred to as a black art within the industry. An objective review of bid documents and equipment selection can go a long way in saving money and avoiding a problem installation.

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

Training course on industrial ventilation which involves recommended practices for designing source capture hoods and designing and sizing ducting. Training course on venting of deflagrations which covered proper design of dust collection venting devices and hazards and liabilities of improper design. Basic electronics and motors course. White paper on understanding dust characteristics. White paper on Discharge Rate Magnification During On-Demand Pulse Cleaning of a Dust Collector.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has been involved in selecting vendors throughout his career. Some of the components range from sourcing better prices on commodities such as hardware and steel to sourcing vendors for electronics, pnuematics, gears, drives instruments, plastics and aluminum extrusions.

Other Skills and Services

In management Expert has created databases and other standardized computer tools to streamline and reduce paperwork, improve schedule management and standardize technical reporting (as in lab reports). He has also created electronic quotation programs and spreadsheets to save time for sales and custom work order tracking databases to improve order flow from sales to shipping.


 

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