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Expert in Machine Vision, Image Processing, Optics, Illumination, and Non-Contact Inspection

Expert ID: 721059 New York, USA

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Expert W. Expert, has over 26 years of experience developing and implementing automated inspection, measurement, and control systems. His efforts focus primarily on all types of non-contact inspection throughout the electro-magnetic spectrum, from visible light to infrared, ultraviolet, and NIR, from acoustic, and ultrasound to nuclear decay and X-ray imaging. He has a wide range of experience in the consumer products industry, manufacturing, robotic vision, control systems, non-contact inspection, and machine development.

Expert is a recognized expert and Certified Manufacturing Engineer (Expert) in the field of machine vision. He has given numerous presentations and papers to various professional societies and published articles on the technical and application aspects of machine vision. He has been instrumental in the introduction and successful application of vision technology at both Procter & Gamble and RJR Nabisco. Today, both companies have over 200 installed vision systems in manufacturing. He participated in the definition of several commercially available vision systems. Expert also holds five US and applications for three foreign patents and has been active in the definition of several commercially available vision systems. Expert has access to an in-depth video course, "Success with Machine Vision." The video contains six hours of studio-quality training on all aspects of vision system design considerations, specifications, and applications in numerous industries. The video includes a 247-page manual and 18-page glossary.

Since 1975, a major focus of Expert's career has been the application of pattern recognition, imaging, and sensing technology, from the research and development lab to the factory floor. He established and managed image processing labs, machine vision, measurement, and control automation groups. Additionally, Expert is familiar with image processing techniques used to improve the visibility of image detail and features.


Expert has determined image features by applying feature detectors to distinguish or segment them from the background.

Using a borescope, Expert has inspected pipes, engines, rifle barrels, and other locations that are difficult to access.

Having a broad understanding of machine vision, Expert's knowledge extends to ambient light, which is present in the environment of the imaging front end of a vision system and generated from outside sources.

During his career, Expert has designed and developed a variety of non-contact sensing systems to measure a wide range of physical phenomena for inspection and process control, including IR temperature measurement, spectroscopy, color, and laser systems.

Expert has consulted with numerous health care, consumer products, and pharmaceutical companies concerning label and package verification. He has evaluated the use of OCR, OCV, ICR, 1-D, and 2-D barcode technologies, and knows manufacturers and integrators of this equipment.


Expert is knowledgeable about the application of 3-D measurement technologies, including triangulation (point, line, and area), moire fringe analysis, interferometry, stereometrics, LIDAR, structured light, and 3-D profilometry.


Expert has hands-on experience in many manufacturing industries. He has developed and designed machines, new processes, and complete plants, and is expert at leading multi-company, state-of-the-art development efforts, plus integrating inspection systems with material handling on both new and existing production machinery.


Expert is knowledgeable of all manufacturers of OCR and OCV equipment used in high speed manufacturing. He has an understanding of the techniques used, strengths and weaknesses of each, and effectiveness for character reading and verification.


Expert worked with machine-readable package and case codes before development of the bar code. His engineering and consulting activities include designs with many types of bar code systems as they evolved over the years, including in-depth analysis of imaging/scanning and control strategies, hardware and software design, laser diode illumination, return signal filtration, optics, and analysis and bar code decode algorithms, to include both 1D and 2D symbologies.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Rochester, New York - Syracuse, New York - Utica, New York - Scranton, Pennsylvania

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1970 Degree: MEng Subject: Control Systems Institution: Cornell University
Year: 1969 Degree: BS Subject: Electrical Engineering Institution: Cornell University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1988 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President and Founder Department: Responsibilities: Expert performs engineering design and consulting services for the application of machine vision, electro-optic and other non-contact measurement and scanning technologies from R&D to high speed manufacturing environments. He provides services to industrial users, system integrators and industry vendors. He establishes and leads multi-company joint system developments. Expert creates training video productions, and teaches machine vision, lighting design, and system integration courses. He also provides expert witness and analysis services for patent litigation cases.
Years: 1984 to 1988 Employer: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, RJR Nabisco Title: Director, Process Automation Center of Excellence Department: Corporate R&D Responsibilities: He was Director & Founder of the Process Automation Center of Excellence at Undisclosed. He served Undisclosed corporate affiliates with cost-effective application of machine vision and other automation technologies. As Manager of the Vision Systems Automation Lab, and Senior Staff R&D Engineer, Expert developed and applied machine vision, image analysis, and electro-optic technology for manufacturing and R&D in tobacco and corporate affiliate operations. He also recruited, trained, and managed staff, and established the vision lab.
Years: 1970 to 1984 Employer: Procter & Gamble Company Title: Manager, Systems Engineer Department: Corporate Engineering Responsibilities: As Manager, Systems Engineer, and Technologist in Engineering and R&D, Expert developed and applied machine vision, sensor, and control systems across corporate consumer product families. He managed a new process, and machine and process control development to include design and startup of new facilities.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a member of the Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Division of the Instrument Society of America, the Cornell Society of Engineers, the Society of Photo-Optic Instrumentation Engineers, the Institute of Electrical And Electronics Engineers, SPIE, and the International Municipal Signal Association.
Licenses / Certifications
He was granted the Expert title of Certified Manufacturing Engineer in the field of machine vision for his early pioneering work and numerous system applications.
Professional Appointments
Expert is on the board and has been Secretary and Chairman of the Machine Vision Association of Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He has been speaker, session chair and advisory board member for VISION, and was vice chair of VISION and chaired a VISION Conference in the 1990s. Expert was the executive producer of a 55-minute videotape developed for the MVA/SME.. He delivered the keynote address at VISION.
Awards / Recognition
He is listed in the first edition of Marquis "Who's Who in Science and Engineering."
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert holds five U.S. and three foreign patents.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has considerable expert witness experience, and details are available upon request. He maintains a complete history of the machine vision industry, including technical product and technology introductions and disclosures, which are highly useful in patent litigation.
Training / Seminars
He has delivered the following courses: Advanced Lighting Engineering, MVA/SME three day in-depth course involving lighting and optics, a two-day course, a 1/2 to one day course, a six-hour in-depth video training course in machine vision, and is a widely used commercial video production. It began as a five-hour Satellite Broadcast for the National Technological University, Sponsored by the SPIE, then developed into a complete 4 hour training course.
Vendor Selection
Expert has 35 years of experience in design, development, and conversion of non-contact measurement and control technologies into industrial reality. These systems range from complete manufacturing facilities to commercial vision systems to dedicated custom electro-optic and vision subsystems. Vendor location, selection, and evaluation is a core expertise, as demonstrated by the development of Undisclosed database in 1993.
Marketing Experience
Expert’s company designed, developed, and marketed the first and only computerized database of 3000 companies involved in the non-contact inspection, optics, machine vision, bar code and imaging industries prior to maturing of the Internet. He created, produced, and marketed a six-hour in-depth training course in machine vision, and widely used commercial video production.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert is very conversant in the design and operation of a variety of bar code and auto ID technologies, devices, and systems. He has working experience with application of machine vision technology in practically every industry, from consumer products to electronics and semiconductor, and from R&D to the factory floor.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
German Expert can read and write German.

Fields of Expertise

automated inspection, inspection, inspection system, computer vision, machine vision, robot vision, image analysis, image enhancement, image processing, imaging system, feature extraction, borescope, ambient light, color sensor, laser-scanning variation detection, non-contact measurement, non-contact measuring device, optical imaging system, optical sensor, vision optical system, product-code reader, three-dimensional machine vision, thickness measurement, systems engineering, manufacturing automation, optical character recognition technology, bar code, industrial control, real-time imaging, digital radiography, optical diagnostics, automatic handling equipment, bar-code scanner, image compression algorithm, medical device inspection, video image, optical signal processing, automation, infrared light curtain, decision system, infrared systems engineering, smart sensor, infrared heating, system analysis, boundary extraction, infrared detection system, consumer product labeling, image filtration, laser sensor, electronics manufacturing equipment, color recognition, color detection, gaging, color vision, optical image, binocular vision, backlighting, laser reflectometry, odd component printed circuit board placement, image processing software, electronic imaging lighting process, sensor design, infrared radiometry, agricultural electronic equipment, process condition sensor, fiber optic medical sensor, image restoration, food inspection, electrooptics, infrared sensor, electronic imaging, bar-code space, bar-code self-checking algorithm, bar-code pitch angle, bar-code menu, bar-code first-read rate, bar-code bar definition, mark scanning detection, imaging, flying-spot scanner, dimensional measurement, ultraviolet radiation energy, document imaging, electromagnetic radiation, computer-aided automation, automated machine design, consumer product, diaper, X-ray nondestructive testing, X-radiation, digital control system, color matching, illumination measurement, engineering, surface analysis, proximity sensor, pattern recognition, optical instrument, laser Doppler velocimetry, interferometry, infrared fiber optics, high-speed photography, flexible manufacturing, optical fiber sensor, factory automation, electronics manufacturing, color grading, code reader, cluster analysis, artificial intelligence, actuator

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