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Expert in Metal Rolling Mill Equipment, Industrial and Arc Furnaces, Workplace Accidents, and Patent Infringement

Expert ID: 107991 New York, USA

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Expert is experienced in the design, specification, procurement, installation, start-up, education of personnel, and maintenance of equipment in highly technical metal processing facilities. He has repeatedly carried out multi-million-dollar projects from the original idea to the successful completion and operation.

He had responsibility for the conception, specification, design, installation, and start-up of three steel strip mills. He has worked with a 3-stand, 4-high mill that was powered by three 1000-hp motors. He also worked with a 20-high Sendzimer mill powered by three 500-hp motors. These mills were computer controlled with automatic gauges. He is familiar with hydraulic roll positioning and with semi-automatic coil feeding and delivery systems. He has also worked with a single strand reversing 4-high/6-high mill powered by one 1000 hp DC motor.

Expert has expertise with specifying and monitoring the operation of steel annealing furnaces. He has directed, supervised, designed, and analyzed tests comparing various furnaces. He is familiar with the different designs of base fan capacities as well as the comparison of hydrogen, dissociated ammonia, and nitrogen atmospheres. He understands the requirements for storing and handling the various gases that are needed for steel annealing. He is equally adept with the methods of generating atmospheres required on-site. He is knowledgeable of the many furnace designs currently on the market and can analyze and compare their performance. He can answer questions on furnace installation and supporting systems.

Expert has worked with crane manufacturers to specify, select, and install a variety of overhead electric bridge cranes. Expert has specified, purchased, and supervised the installation of five steel slitting lines. These lines include a 22-inch wide slitter that fed into 17 oscillating take-up reels producing a layer-wound product without the use of side pans or spools; two, 20-inch pull-through slitters to produce pancake-wound coils; and a 50-inch wide, 9-inch diameter arbor heavy duty slitter for primary slitting of up to 3/8-inch material. He also worked with an ultra-modern double loop powered slitter with automatic coil feed-up, automatic loop control, continuous back-tensioning device, all coil handling, and three replaceable heads.

Having specified, purchased, and installed three roll grinding machines, he has extensive experience with the control of the roll profiles and the real-time measuring and recording of the diameters and roughness of the roll surface.

Over the past 25 years, expert has been responsible or supervising the installation and maintenance of capital equipment for cold rolled strip steel mills. He is experienced with rolling mills, steel slitters, annealing furnaces, roll grinding equipment, air compressors, overhead cranes, electrical substations, water pollution control systems, cooling towers, liquid nitrogen equipment, liquid anhydrous ammonia systems, ammonia dissociators, ventilation systems, coil handling equipment, and other systems and equipment found in modern steel mills.

He has designed and supervised the installation of two electrical substations to feed plants with roughly 5,000KW and 15,000KW power. He has supervised the maintenance of substations feeding plants demanding from 5,000KW to 40,000KW of power with voltages up to 115,000 volts. Familiar with electrostatic application of powders and liquids, he has participated in the installation, testing, and start-up of electrostatic equipment to deposit powdered paint and anneal release powder as well as lubricating oils. As the manager of maintenance operations at both aluminum and steel mills, he has experience in management of maintenance operations. His responsibilities included hiring, training, performance monitoring, establishing quality standards, and scheduling.

In an area of secondary expertise, he has worked with the design and installation of a 15,000KVA 3-phase electric-arc steel melting furnace. He has also consulted on the design and operation of a 26 ft diameter, 165 ton three phase furnace. Expert was responsible for the installation and start-up of a 14-strand hot metal continuous rod and bar mill, complete with a preheat furnace for incoming metal and the take-up equipment for the finished coils. Expert has specified, purchased and installed 20 bell-annealing furnaces. He has aided in the sale of such furnaces and has done experimental work and analyses of various atmosphere uses, including carbon dioxide and hydrogen.

Expert conducted an in-depth study of metal shredding in an attempt to improve scrap handling. He can answer questions on reducing scrap steel into smaller pieces for easier handling. He has investigated electrical accidents and electrical failures to determine the cause of each. These have been both personal injury accidents and those with only equipment damage. These accidents have included missing limbs, fatalities, and electrocutions. He has successfully analysed and been deposed for the responsibilities of various parties concerning industrial accidents and their relationships to OSHA regulations.

Expert has consulted for a injury in a steel storage facility. Expert has consulted electrocution in a backyard.He has consulted electrocution in an amusement park.He has consulted injury on an elevated fork truck. Expert has consulted for a death on a steel mill electric arc furnace.

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

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1968 Degree: MS Subject: Engineering Administration Institution: Syracuse University
Year: 1950 Degree: BS Subject: Electrical Engineering Institution: Carnegie Mellon University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1993 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principle Consultant & President Department: Responsibilities: As principal consultant, Expert supplies technical and engineering services for the sales, service, start-up, field service engineering, trouble-shooting of industrial equipment, and forensic engineering to determine cause of failure and injuries. Provides expert witness testimony for the litigation of industrial accidents, machine performance, OSHA Rules, NFPA Standards, Electrical Shock and Electrocutions, etc.

Judicial Acceptances as an Expert:
He has been accepted as "Qualified" in the following judicial jurisdictions:
1. Butler County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas
2. New Jersey Superior Court
3. U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
4. New York State Supreme Court
5. Mississippi County, Arkansas, Circuit Court
6. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Court of Common Pleas
7. Jackson County, West Virginia, Circuit Court
8. US District Court for the Southern District of Florida
9. California State Superior Court
10. U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
11. Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Court of Common Pleas
12. U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
13. Loraine County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas
14. U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission
Years: 1968 to 1993 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Engineering Manager Department: Responsibilities: Expert managed all phases of the design, purchase, installation, start-up, and maintenance of equipment in a cold rolling facility that had six steel rolling mills, eight slitting lines, 24 annealing furnaces, and all associated ancillary machinery.

Supervised four engineers, three foremen, and 21 technicians. This included recruiting and training personnel, dealing with governmental bodies, engaging and supervising contractors, and acting as the company’s spokesman, especially in dealing with all energy-supplying utilities, etc. The equipment installed has enabled the company to become the premier cold rolled strip steel producer.

Significant projects include:
Three-stand cold rolling mill; single-stand reversing cold mill; roll grinding machines; Z-mill; 20 batch annealing furnaces; double loop slitting line; traverse-wind coil slitting line; electrical substation; heavy gauge slitting line; cold mill and processing line terminal equipment; specifying and purchasing of overhead cranes; building maintenance; water recycling in order to save on purchased water costs; environmental protection; direct purchasing of natural gas supplies in order to lower heating and process costs; purchasing a 115,000/13,000 volt transformer for electrical cost savings.
Years: 1967 to 1968 Employer: Self employed Title: Self employed Department: Responsibilities: Expert did the design, construction and sales of miscellaneous electrical control panels.
Years: 1966 to 1967 Employer: Crucible Steel Company Title: Maintenance Superintendent Department: Responsibilities: Supervised twenty foremen and about 250 workers to maintain the equipment in this specialty rod and bar facility. Equipment included everything from four electric arc furnaces to a hot blooming mill, continuous hot rod and bar mill, wire drawing machines, annealing furnaces, finishing machinery, and associated plant support equipment such as boilers, substations, cooling water systems, etc.
Years: 1964 to 1967 Employer: Crucible Steel Company Title: Chief Electrical Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for all electrical maintenance operations, all electrical design, and installation. In addition, he supervised 2 engineers and 25 electricians in this specialty tool steel manufacturing plant to maintain all the electrical equipment; and to design all new electrical equipment. Significant items were a 115KV electrical substation, a continuous rod and bar mill, and a 15000KVA electric arc furnace.
Years: 1963 to 1964 Employer: Reynolds Metals Co. Title: Electrical Superintendent Department: Responsibilities: Supervised 85 electricians, eight foremen, two electrical engineers, two draftsmen, and two secretaries. Designed, installed, and maintained all plant electrical equipment.
Years: 1958 to 1963 Employer: Arkadelphia Title: Electrical Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Designed and maintained all sorts of equipment for the aluminum industry, such as electrolytic reduction cell lines, rolling mill control, and power substations in this large aluminum rolling mill.
Years: 1952 to 1958 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Electrical Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Expert was an electrical engineer, designed various components of new installations of aluminum electrolytic cell lines, rolling mills, substations, and related materials.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: to Present Country / Region: Mexico, Panama, India, Wales, China Summary: Expert has worked on steel slitting lines in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Panama; industrial furnaces in India, and Wales; leveling and cut-to-length lines in China; and rolling mills in Mexico and India.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Life member of IEEE,
Member of NFPA,
Member of Association for Iron & Steel technology (AIST),
Member of the Safety & Health Committee of AIST
Licenses / Certifications
Licensed Professional Engineer in New York
MS Engineering Administration, Syracuse University
BS Electrical Engineering, Carnegie- Mellon University
Registered Professional Engineer, New York
Professional Appointments
Life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
Member of the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST)
Active in the AIST Safety & Health Committee
Member of National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP)
Awards / Recognition
Student Member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Scholastic Honorary Society
Student Member of Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honorary Society
Publications and Patents Summary
Has written articles for the AIST monthly magazine.
“Safety First” articles in the AIST monthly magazine Iron and Steel Technology
“Accident Cause and Liability” presentation at an AIST annual meeting
“Accident Cause and Liability” presentation at an NASP annual meeting

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert Witness Experience:

Expert in 87 cases to date:
Designed electrical distribution systems
Performed utility cost analyses
Acted as user expert in the sale of annealing furnaces
Tested annealing furnace atmospheres
Educated prospective Chinese buyers in the operation of slitting lines
Tested the electrostatic application of lubricant to aluminum punching equipment
Assisted in the start-up of an electrostatic powder paint coating line for strip steel
Tested the electrostatic application of powder to chewing gum base
Acted as an industrial machinery expert for an Ohio steel mill defendant being sued for non-payment and breach of contract in the purchase of eight bell annealing furnaces. The client was successful in an out-of-court settlement, based on my deposition.
Acted as an industrial machinery expert for a steel fabricator plaintiff in a lawsuit involving the performance of a leveling and cut-to-length line in Wisconsin. The adversary to my client declared bankruptcy in the face of my deposition.
Acted as an industrial machinery expert for an equipment manufacturer defendant in a personal injury lawsuit concerning an accident in a steel rolling mill in New York State. The client was successful in an out-of-court settlement. This was based on my opinion, but before deposition or trial.
Finished the installation of and started up electrostatic combination powder/oil deposition equipment on a steel rolling mill in New York State.
Acted as an electrical expert for the plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit where a worker was severely injured by coming in contact with 4160 volts in an electrical substation in New York State. This was settled out of court before deposition or trial.
Acted as an electrical expert for the defendant electrical contractor in a personal injury suit where the plaintiff was severely injured by coming in contact with 13,800 volts. This was settled out of court before deposition or trial.
Participated as an industrial machinery expert for the defendant employer in a case where a worker was injured in the winder area of an aluminum leveling and rewind line in West Virginia. Was removed from the case when my opinion became contrary to that of the defendant’s.
Acted as industrial machinery expert for the plaintiff in a personal injury case that involved a worker getting injured on a paper stacking machine in New York State. This was settled before deposition or trial.
Acted as an electrical expert for the plaintiff in a personal injury case that involved a worker getting injured on a piece of metal fabricating machinery in a machine shop in New York State. I discovered the problem in the machine that proved that the worker was not at fault.
Involved as an electrical expert in a suit involving a customer being injured by contact with the electrical elements of a neon advertising sign in a restaurant in New York State.
Supervised the conduct of a test of equipment that electrostatic-ally applied oil to cut sheets of steel being formed into automobile door panels in a large stamping plant in New York State.
Acted as a mechanical expert in calculating the relative positions of two automobiles involved in an accident in New York State.
Analyzed the operation of and recommended remediation for a steel slitting line in Dallas, Texas.
Did testing and experimenting of electrostatic powder application on a steel rolling mill in Columbus, Ohio.
Ran an experimental test of electrostatic oil application at an aluminum stamping plant in Texas
Acted as an industrial machinery expert for the equipment manufacturer defendant in a case where a worker got his hand injured in a rolling mill in New York.
Acted as a forensic expert for the insurance company defendant in an insurance claim following a motel fire.
Acted as an electrical and industrial machinery expert for the plaintiff in an accident that resulted in the death of the plaintiff’s husband on an electric arc furnace in a steel mill in Kentucky.
Other Relevant Experience
Additionally, areas f witness and consultation services include:
Circuit breakers & transformers
Electric Arc Furnaces
Electrical Control Equipment
Electrical Distribution Equipment
Electrical Injuries & Fatalities
Electrical Substations
Equipment Malfunctions
Equipment Non-Performance
Forensic Engineering
Industrial Furnaces
Industrial Injuries & Fatalities
Industrial Equipment Performance Analysis
Industrial Maintenance
Industrial Zoning Analysis
Mechanical Engineering
Metal Processing Lines
Metal Rolling Mills
Metal Slitting Lines
NY State Labor Law Safety Infractions
OSHA Infractions
Patent Infringement Analysis
Personnel Safety
State Labor Law Infractions
Steel Annealing & Annealing Furnaces
Workplace Injuries & Fatalities

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
German Minimal
Spanish Minimal

Fields of Expertise

steel product manufacturing, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, labor law, industrial injury, pneumatic controller, hydraulic controller, electrical grounding, electric distribution system, building maintenance, aluminum product, cold rolling, steel rolling, cold-rolled steel, aluminum rolling, steel annealing, annealing, lifting equipment, slitting, metal rolling, air circuit breaker, circuit breaker, high-voltage circuit breaker, molded-case circuit breaker, steel mill operation, maintenance engineering, maintenance management, maintenance planning, maintenance shutdown planning, plant maintenance, steel processing, electric power substation, facility management, power engineering, electrical power engineering, electric-arc furnace, electric furnace, steel melting, hot rolling, hot strip mill, annealing furnace, forensic electrical engineering, forensic engineering, forensics, failure analysis, Occupational Safety and Health Administration standard, aluminum production, patent infringement, electrocution, industrial furnace modeling, industrial maintenance management, mechanical engineering, workplace injury, Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulation, OSHA inspection, patent infringement analysis, industrial accident investigation, mechanical engineering analysis, Electrical Distribution Systems Analysis software, metal strip, electric circuit safety, electrical machinery control, molten metal safety, electrical engineering, industrial safety, hydraulic circuit, occupational safety, electrical safety, electrical injury, electrical code

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