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Expert in Maintenance and Reliability of Pulp and Paper Mill Equipment and Process Systems

Expert ID: 725225 Maine, USA

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He has extensive experience in bearing failure analysis and lubrication requirements of large roller bearings used in various paper mill rolls.

He is knowledgeable in lubrication systems and lubrication equipment such as filtration, cooling and circulating oil systems in paper mill applications. He has performed audits of paper mill lubrication programs.

He is knowledgeable in manufacturing processes and equipment used the manufacturing of mechanical pulping process and light weight coated paper manufacture.
He has a background and education in the field of mechanical engineering. Knowledgeable in the all mechanical engineering areas such as materials, rotating equipment, construction and operations of mechanical equipment.

He is very knowledgeable in operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of of paper mill equipment. Strong understanding of various types of paper machine rolls such as couch rolls, press rolls, control crown rolls, dryer rolls and calendar rolls. Expert in paper mill roll maintenance practices.
He has a strong background in lubrication best practices.

He has performed pulp and paper mill audits with emphasis on the mill maintenance program and practices. Expert in maintenance planning, Preventive maintenance practices, Predictive maintenance practices, Lubrication methods, selection of appropriate lubricates, practices and procedures; maintenance training methods, maintenance costs and maintenance management practices, troubleshooting and root cause failure analysis.

He is knowledgeable in the application and use of lubrication equipment such as filtration equipment and circulating oil systems.

He has extensive knowledge and experience in the manufacturing of mechanical pulp such as groundwood and Thermal Mechanical Pulp (TMP). He is also well versed in the manufacturing process and equipment used in manufacturing light weight coated magazine and and catalog papers.

Strong understanding of operation and maintenance of the following pulp and paper mill equipment: Conveying systems, Debarking equipment, Groundwood grinders, refiners, screens and cleaners; TMP refiners, pulp chest agitators, headboxes, fourdriniers, press section, dryer sections, vacuum pumps, stock pumps, hydraulic systems, coaters, machine calenders, winders, cranes, super calendars and pulpers

He understands well the material manufacturing of LWC paper.

He has a strong background in mechanical engineering practices as he worked as a project engineer and maintenance engineer in a paper manufacturing mill for 35 years.


He has extensive background in applications and maintenance of mechanical power transmission equipment such as gear boxes, couplings, belt drives and gears trains.

He is well versed in the processes of paper manufacture and paper mill machinery.

He is expert in applications and maintenance practices on paper mill machinery and has strong troubleshooting skills in identifying and correcting equipment and operating issues.

He did a site visit to evaluate an operating linerboard mill and prepared a written report of the facility. Researched the linerboard industry and testified in court at a bench trial on the how the linerboard mill compared to others in the industry relative to current technology, capital, improvements and level of maintenance, uptime etc.Did a site visit to evaluate an operating recycled coated board mill and prepared a report on the facility. Also researched the recycled coated board industry and provided a report on where the mill stands relative to the competition. May testify in court at a future dateHe consulted in several operating paper mills on the west coast and in New England and did an evaluation of the lubrication program is place and recommended improvementsDeveloped technical manuals for equipment/department operators in a groundwood and TMP pulp mill also developed system description manuals for chip processing and round Expert debarking operationDeveloped system description manuals for operators of various oil and gas processing equipment. The equipment included the following: Oil Separation, NGL recovery, Gas dehydration, Various types of oil wells, High and Low pressure gas compressors with associated drivers (Gas turbines) and various types of pumps

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Portland, Maine

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1963 Degree: BS Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: University of Maine

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1999 to 2016 Employer: Self Employed Independent Consultant Title: Technical Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Technical support to pulp and paper industry as lubrication specialist and troubleshooting rotating equipment.

Also provided expert witness services relative to Recycled linerboard mill operation.

Provided technical writing services in development of system description manuals for paper industry and oil and gas industry equipment

Provide training to maintenance personnel on centrifugal pumps and rotating equipment used in industrial plants
Years: 1964 to 1999 Employer: Champion International Paper Co. Title: Manager of Engineering, Maintenance and Utilities Department: Bucksport, Maine Paper Mill Responsibilities: He was responsible for the overall maintenance and engineering of the entire manufacturing facility as well as operation and maintenance of the power and utilities department. He worked his way to the EMU manager after performing the following jobs: project engineering, maintenance planner, and superintendent of maintenance
Years: 1963 to 1964 Employer: Esso Research and Engineering Title: Mechanical Engineer Department: Motor Fuels Responsibilities: He worked on improving the design of stationary automobile dynamometer for testing of motor fuels.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1996 to 1998 Country / Region: Finland Summary: He was involved in tours of Pulp and Paper mills in Finland with a group of maintenance professionals from the U.S on a benchmarking expedition observing best industry practices (Two Occasions)

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Paper Industry Management Association
Professional Appointments
Was Chairman of the Maintenance Committee of Northeast PIMA for several years

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has been an expert witness in tax appeal case involving a recycled linerboard manufacturing plant.
Training / Seminars
Was a presenter on lubrication applications in the pulp and paper industry for a supplier of lubricates at their national distributor's meeting on two different occasions

Was a presenter at various Paper Industry Management Meetings on maintenance practices in the pulp and paper industry

Adjunct instructor teaching auxiliary power equipment operation and maintenance to engineering students at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine Maine (2011-2013)

Part time instructor working for TPC Trainco teaching maintenance personnel at public and onsite seminars on pump repair and maintenance and troubleshooting rotating equipment (2013-2016)
Marketing Experience
Have recently done extensive market research in the recycled linerboard and coated paperboard manufacturing business
Other Relevant Experience
Have done extensive technical writing in describing how paper making machinery operates and how equipment works and operates in the oil and gas industry. Very knowledgeable in most all rotating mechanical equipment with expert knowledge of various types of paper machine rolls

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