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Expert in Automotive and Heavy Duty Diesel Engine Sealing

Expert ID: 734231 Illinois, USA

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Expert's working career has involved all aspects of gasket and material development, including testing and analysis with a particular emphasis on internal combustion cylinder head gaskets including automotive and heavy duty diesel engines. Through this exposure to testing, product development and analysis, he has developed a comprehensive understanding of the designs and constructions used by the sealing industry with heavy emphasis on combustion seal design. His knowledge and understanding of all the various cylinder head gasket technologies and the potential failure mode of each has provided him a broad background which can be used to analyze all of the various types of applications, cylinder head gaskets as well as general gasket issues.

One of Expert's significant responsibilities at one gasket manufacturer was to lead the engineering effort to eliminate the use of asbestos in the entire product line. This required a team approach working with material and design engineers as well a materials suppliers. This goal was reached through the development of substitute materials and design changes. He lead the engine testing programs in this effort as well.

Expert's has assumed responsibility for the operation of an engine testing facility to evaluate sealing performance, which has afforded him exposure to many gasket failures and issues related to failures. His responsibility for handling warranty issues related to gasket problems has deepened this exposure as well.

As part of the product development process, new processes are often requiring new methods of manufacture. Expert has worked closely with manufacturing and tooling departments to establish these new processes.

He worked with a large manufacturer of diesel engines to identify the root causes for engine oil leaks occuring at the end of the assembly line. As an independent expert, he could impartially determine if the leaks were as a result of design or assemble causes. Based on his gasketing experience, he was able to research historical information for an attorney on an asbestos liability case.A major user of diesel engines for refrigeration units was experiencing premature gasket failures. His analysis of the failures resulted in the client be able to pressure the engine manufacturer to redesign the cylinder head gasket.He provided technical expertize to an attorney working on behalf of a major automobile manufacturer to analyze data regarding materials used in a class of failed gaskets.

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 - South Bend, Indiana - Gary, Indiana - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1969 Degree: BS Subject: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Institution: Illinois Institure of Technology

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1968 to 1972 Employer: Victor Gasket Division/Dana Corp. Title: Superivisor Department: Product Development Engineering Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for the development of new design concepts for engine gaskets, as well as hydraulic testing of cylinder head gaskets. The department consisted of of three individuals.
Years: 1972 to 1991 Employer: Fel-Pro Inc. Title: Manager of Product Development Department: Product Development Engineering Responsibilities: Expert was the Manager of four distinct departments involving Design, Materials and Process Development.
Years: 1991 to 1993 Employer: Scott Engineering Title: Manager of Product Development Department: Part owner Responsibilities: At this small contract machining company providing precision exotic metal parts to the aircraft engine industry, Expert was responsible for quoting, customer relations, and quality assurance.
Years: 1998 to 2004 Employer: ROL Manufacturing Title: Manager of Product Development Department: Product Engineering Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for evaluating the entire gasket product line and re-engineering to improve performance, material changes, and warranty claims.
Years: 1994 to 1998 Employer: LFPtechnologies Title: President Department: Consultant Responsibilities: He provided consulting and expert services to small gasket manufacturers and technical expert services to major engine manufacturers and end users. He continues to provide Technical Articles to the Gasket Fabricators Association (GFA).

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1985 to 1991 Country / Region: Germany Summary: Technology exchange with a German gasket manufacturer to acquire their technology.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Portuguese (Brazilian) Expert lived in Brazil for 11 years and studied the language in school. He is proficient but no longer fluent.

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