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Expert in Fastener Engineering, Fastener Failure Analysis, Fastener Quality Evaluation, Forensic Analysis.

Expert ID: 723362 Illinois, USA

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Expert specializes in: Fastener Failure Analysis, Training, Operations Improvement, Quality Systems and Continuous Improvements, Technical Marketing, Cost Reductions, Fastener Deproliferation, ISO 9000 and Product Manual Preparation and Updating, Customer Satisfaction Metrics and Analysis, Process Mapping and Root Cause Analysis, Calculating Torque Values for any variety of Grade, Diameter or Material Bolt and other technical services to help add to your bottom line.

Nuts and bolts break causing downtime and revenue loss. You need to know how and why it failed to be able to prevent future reoccurrences. Prevention will help eliminate liability risks, promote client retention and customer satisfaction. Fasteners can fail due to an unnerving variety of common and simple reasons, many of which are caused by normal routine maintenance practices and procedures. Expert can create a detailed failure analysis report with corrective actions.

Have large diameter fasteners you need to tighten properly? Have bolts you cannot identify? Have a multiple bolt connection you need to be sure is evenly loaded? Need to properly tighten a joint with a gasket to be sure it doesn't leak? Problems with wheel bolts? Treads on Snow Cats loosening? He will provide torque values for any diameter bolt, any style, any material.

Satisfy your ISO training requirements by one of Expert’s programs. Technical seminars can be for internal personnel as well as customers and for sales product training: Fasteners, Welding, Hydraulic Hose and Hose Fittings. This can also be in the form of product applications and failure analysis with preventative measures. Expert also offers training for ISO internal auditors.

QC / QA Manuals, ISO Manuals or section updates, Process Procedures and Instructions. Specifications for Fasteners, Materials Specifications, Test Specifications, Plating or Surface Finishing. Product Manuals and Updating to latest ISO, SAE, ASTM or other Industry Standards. Technical Marketing Brochures and Literature.

Process Mapping, Root Analysis, Lean and 6-Sigma methodologies for business, manufacturing and supply chain. Establish Continuous Improvement Practices, Auditing Schedules and Documentation Methods. Internal and External Customer Satisfaction Metrics, Vendor Performance Evaluation Metrics, Corrective Action Reports.

Basic to Intermediate levels and a refresher for Advanced welders. Training for sales personnel on the Features-Advantages-Benefits of Alloy electrodes; how to sell and demonstrate their products. Expert can teach customers how to maximize the use of their Alloy Electrodes or common stick rods. Discussed are: Electrode Diameters and their use with different thickness materials; AC/DC differences; Duty Cycle ratings; AWS numbering system; Joint Preparation and Types; Techniques for Cast Iron; Techniques for Out-of-Position welding and more.

Was retained by law firm to give expert testimony for defendant for an automotive related failure. After examination of broken pieces, he identified the cause as being unrelated to defendant's involvement.Problems with fasteners on a locomotive engine. He identified the problem was due to heat and liquid metal embrittlement of a part, made suggestions for material substitutions and different processing to solve problem. Problems with clutch bolts on a metro bus. He identified the problem was due to after-market products but made corrections to assembly practices to be able to still use the products without scrapping them, saving time, money and down-time. Problems with wheel studs on bus. He identified the problem, offered correction techniques to eliminate failures. Cement truck bolts were breaking. He identified the failure as stress-corrosion-cracking. Determined the cause was from the common practice of washing the vehicles down with muriatic acid. The bolts were in a blind area and not being neutralized. Drain holes were drilled and better rinsing was employed.

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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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1968 Degree: BS Subject: Metallurgical Engineering Institution: Purdue University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1993 to 2004 Employer: KAR PRODUCTS, LLC. Title: Director, Corp. Quality & Product Eng. Department: Responsibilities: He was engaged with Operations Improvement, Process Re-engineering, ISO 9001 certification and auditing, lean, 6-sigma, product marketing, P&L responsibility, FMEA; extensive background with SAE, ISO and ASTM standards; author and published.
Years: 1976 to 1993 Employer: BOWMAN DISTRIBUTION/BARNES GP Title: Chief Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Developed high strength fasteners, wrote technical books on fasteners, welding, hydraulics; trained sales personnel and customers on product safety and applications; develop standards, specifications, test methods and test laboratory.
Years: 1974 to 1976 Employer: LEA-RONAL, INC. Title: Sales Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Develop sales in electroplating specialty chemicals and develop non-cyanide zinc and cadmium plating systems as well as develop electroless nickel for market.
Years: 1969 to 1974 Employer: THERM-O-DISC, INC. Title: Materials Engineer Department: Responsibilities: as a manufacturer of thermostats, he developed tests of the materials and finished products, performed failure analysis, materials substitutions for cost reductions, metal finishing standards, wrote specifications and designed a highly efficient electroless nickel production plating line.
Years: 1955 to 1969 Employer: THERM-O-DISC, INC. Title: Metallurgist Department: Responsibilities: He was in the metals coatings division working on a shared patent for vapor deposition of aluminum onto steel in a vacuum.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1999 to 2002 Agency: US Marine Repair Base Role: Consultant Description: Check materials, give specifications, present safety training programs for fasteners.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1992 to 1992 Country / Region: Canada, Montreal Summary: He examined material traceability during manufacturing, made recommendations for quality assurance and marketing.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Professional Appointments
Vice-Chair ASTM F16 Committee on Fasteners (current)
Chairman ASTM F16.01 fastener Test Methods ( 18 yrs.)
Awards / Recognition
ASTM Award of Merit and Fellow of the Society
Honorary award from SAE
Publications and Patents Summary
He has four books, published in 5 publications and is currently columnist in two international technical magazines.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has served as an expert witness. He wrote opinions and conclusions for one case, was deposed for another case.
Training / Seminars
Training seminars on Fastener Safety, with a test instrument to illustrate dynamics. Training seminars on welding techniques, rod types, use. Training on hydraulic hose and fittings. Developed all of above and delivered all subjects to sales personnel and customers.
Vendor Selection
Helped bolt manufacturer select the proper subcontractor for plating and heat treating. Sourced and selected washer manufacturer for punch abilities for hardened F436 washers. Selected stainless steel manufacturers on quality of pipe fittings. Selected bolt manufacturers from test specimens for manufacturing special alloy fastener. Selected nut manufacturer after auditing capabilities of many.
Marketing Experience
Manager of product marketing managers. Brand management, brought new wekding line to market, increasing sales over 125% first quarter. P&L for over $35,000,000. Restructured product marketing in US and Canada for Kar Products, became profitible first time in 5 years.
Other Relevant Experience
Operations improvement, using root analysis of the supply chain, lean and 6-sigma methodologies, netted profit of over $3,000,000. Cost reductions, value-added engineering, quality management, customer satisfaction metrics.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French He has not had recent practice and is medium proficiency until up to speed.
Itailan He has had exposure, can get along but minimal practice. Usage based on being able to know French basics.

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