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 Expert  727429

Expert in Automated Machinery, Machinery Design, Mechatronic Design, Automation, Motion Control Systems


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Wisconsin (WI)
USA
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Expert has been responsible for developing several control systems for various custom machine builders. He was employed for nearly twenty years by a leading system integrator which specialized in automated assembly systems. He held several positions, including Director of Research and Development, at that company before creating his consulting firm.

Expert has implemented products from numerous control component suppliers into unique control systems required for unique special machines and subsystems. Such systems include a field-bus based, modular control system for a patented heavy duty conveyor system and a modular control system for a high-speed, pick & place robot.

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automation control

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automation system

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electrical machinery control

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electromechanical control

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industrial control

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programmable logic control

Expert has over twenty-five years of experience in both 2D and 3D computer-aided design. His area of specialty was Computer Optimized Design while obtaining his bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University.

Expert was certified as a Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP) in 2005 and continues to make regular use of SolidWorks and COSMOS. He has also made presentations on the effective use of animations in machine design to SolidWorks user groups .

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computer-aided mechanical design

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SolidWorks

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computer-aided design

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computer-aided design and drafting

Expert has been responsible for developing numerous automated assembly systems for various custom machine builders over his career of more than twenty-five years. He was employed for nearly twenty years by a leading system integrator which specialized in automated assembly systems. He held several positions, including Director of Research and Development, at that company before creating his consulting firm.

Expert has successfully created proposals for, and been heavily involved in, the implementation of multi-million dollars systems that were unique and innovative. Such systems include assembly and test systems for circuit breakers, airbag inflators, diesel fuel injectors and off-road gas struts. He also developed patented heavy duty conveyors and a high speed pick & place robot used within those systems.

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assembly engineering

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assembly machine

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assembly machine design

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assembly technology

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automated assembly

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assembly automation

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robotic assembly

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robotic assembly sequence planning

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automated equipment development

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automated machinery

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automation

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automation technology

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factory automation

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engineering design

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industrial machine design

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machine design

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machine development

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machinery design

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special machine design

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industrial machinery

Expert has been responsible for developing numerous automated assembly systems for various custom machine builders over his career of more than twenty-five years. He was employed for nearly twenty years by a leading system integrator which specialized in automated assembly systems. He held several positions, including Director of Research and Development, at that company before creating his consulting firm.

Expert has managed the implementation of multi-million dollars systems that were unique and innovative. Such systems include assembly and test systems for circuit breakers, airbag inflators, diesel fuel injectors and off-road gas struts. He also developed patented heavy duty conveyors and a high speed pick & place robot used within those systems. His experience in implementing these varied systems has given him a broad background in the development, troubleshooting, and analysis of industrial equipment and machinery.

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machine failure analysis

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machinery

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machinery assembly

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machinery reliability improvement

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machinery-related failure

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special machinery processing

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industrial electrical machinery

Expert has been responsible for numerous motion control systems for various custom machine builders. He was employed for nearly twenty years by a leading system integrator which specialized in automated assembly systems. He held several positions, including Director of Research and Development, at that company before creating his consulting firm.

Expert has implemented hundreds of servo axis both mechanically and electrically. He developed a modular motion control system for a high-speed, pick & place robot used to develop automated assembly systems.

He has been factory trained on several different brands of motion control and CNC systems.

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motion control

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servomechanism

Expert was responsible for developing a high-speed, pick & place robot for a leading system integrator, which specialized in automated assembly systems. He was employed by that system integrator for nearly twenty years where he held several positions, including Director of Research and Development, before creating his consulting firm.

Expert developed both the mechanical and electrical designs for this patented pick & place robot. Over eighty of these robots were integrated into highly automated assembly systems by Expert.

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pick-and-place robot


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Localities:
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;  Waukegan, Illinois;  Milwaukee, Wisconsin;  Madison, Wisconsin;  and Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Often requested
with this expert:

Automatic Assembly Systems, Factory Automation, Lean...
Industrial Controls, Electrical and Electronic Engineering,...
Mechanical Engineering Design and Prototype Development
Robotic and Custom Automation Design

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1983   BS   Mechanical Engineering   Iowa State University  
1999   Advanced Technical Certificate   Reliability & Maintainability   Blackhawk Technical College  
2001   MA   Management   Regent University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2009 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 

Machinery Service

 

President

 

Providing upgrades, repairs and optimization for industrial machinery.

2004 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 


 

President

 

Providing engineering consulting services to various customers.

2003 to 2004

 

Gilman Engineering & Manufacturing / Johann A. Krause

 

Engineering

 

Sr. Research & Development Engineer

 

Managed development of automated clutch plate assembly system.

1997 to 2003

 

Gilman Engineering & Manufacturing / Johann A. Krause

 

Research & Development

 

Director of R & D / Manager of R & D

 

Responsible for setting direction of R&D efforts and overseeing those efforts.

1995 to 1997

 

Gilman Engineering & Manufacturing

 

Application Engineering

 

Sr. Application Engineer

 

Prepared proposals and assisted in the sale of assembly systems as large as $40,000,000

1988 to 1995

 

Gilman Engineering & Manufacturing

 

Research & Development

 

Sr. R&D Engineer / R&D Engineer

 

Developed standard products for use within larger automated assembly systems.

1985 to 1988

 

Gilman Engineering & Manufacturing

 

Engineering

 

Senior Design Engineer

 

Designed automated assembly systems.

1983 to 1984

 

AMF - Potter & Brumfield

 

Advanced Manufacturing

 

Development Engineer

 

Developed and debugged automated assembly & test systems.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

He was formerly a member of Mensa and SME.

Licenses/Certifications

He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Wisconsin and Illinois.

Awards/Recognition

His designs have been featured in Design News, Machine Design, Production, and Automotive News magazines. One of his designs was nominated for Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineer's New Product Award, and the USA Today Quality Cup. This design was also a finalist for the Automotive News PACE award for innovation in the automotive industry.


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

He has been awarded six US patents and 3 foreign patents related to automated equipment. He has also been awarded a U.S. patent pretaining to parabolic microphones.


Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He acted as Engineering Manager for a small special machine builder while they searched for a full-time employee. During this time he implemented a PDM system for the CAD users. He also provided trouble-shooting services and developed proposal concepts for this builder of automated test-stands.
  • He completed the mechanical design for two assembly and test systems for gas struts used in the off-road vehicle industry. He also developed and programmed the motion control system for these two systems.
  • He designed several LEAN assembly cells for a small system integrator.
  • He replaced the entire control system of two CNC plasma cutter / punch press machines. The first was custom built and the control components were no longer supported. The second was updated to be fully compatible with the first. Both machines required the ability to work with the existing CAM post-processor and utilize existing part programs.
  • He developed a spreadsheet that estimated cycle time for CNC cutting / routing machines that generated cutting time estimates based on the HTML code used to operate the machine. He also developed a new, more flexible control system for the cutting machine.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Consulting on Assembly automation of injection molded parts.
  • Servo motor system expert for consulting on Damaged spindle drive.
  • Expert on machine guarding for consulting on Machine Guarding and safety compliance.
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 was deposed during arbitration between his former employer and a customer.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on retail cash recycling machines.
  • Expert in control retrofit of a steel fabricating machine for injury litigation.
  • Expert in Automated Machinery Issues.
  • Expert with experience with conveyors and/or food processing
  • Expert in mechanical engineering and prototyping for litigation case involving proper machine function.
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:
He has been involved in the special machine industry for over twenty-five years with experience in a broad array of technologies.

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

He developed and conducted training programs for automation products developed for use in industrial settings.

He also presented a seminar on effective use of the SolidWorks animation in machine design to SolidWorks user groups.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

He has located and / or developed sources for components and sub-systems for use within larger systems over the length of his professional career. He has worked with suppliers to develop new products to meet his specific needs.

Other Skills and Services

He has developed his problem solving skills in order to apply them to the troubleshooting of industrial machinery. He has also developed in-depth knowledge and experience in the combination of mechanical and control technologies to optimize the design of automated machinery.


 

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