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Expert in Process Control; Motor Synchronization & Control; Machine Control; Corona Generation (high voltage)

Expert ID: 725506 South Carolina, USA

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Expert improved a lab prototype system into a commercial, reliable automatic concentration controller, which was used successfully in many textile finishing mills to control concentrations of chemical used for bleaching and for dye oxidation. Plant personnel operated it and performed routine maintenance.

Expert led the project of expanding a laboratory gas meter (mass spectrometer-based) into an automated continuous gas monitor, suitable for monitoring up to three gas components simultaneously if they are separable by mass. This required adding an ion pump to a mechanical vacuum pump system, along with a built-in oven for de-gassing.

Expert has created laboratory prototypes of semiconductor circulators, utilizing the Hall effect. This work was done using germanium samples, each equipped with six alloy-junction gold terminations. An electromagnet was also used. (Single crystal silicon was not readily available at the time.)
By adding Esaki diodes to overcome losses, a unidirectional passive transmission device was made and tested. Both of the above devices were published in IEEE publications, and one in the BSTJ.

Expert designed and built a production machine to apply electrets continuously to an open width nonwoven sheet, as part of a melt-blown production line. This involved designing the housing, the cabling, and the corona generators to accommodate 7,000 volt power, needed to create the electrets.

Helped a nonwoven manufacturer to develop an improved termination that would eliminate an undesirable corona discharge that was occurring frequently
where their high voltage feed terminated at their corona discharge bar.Helped a second nonwoven manufacturer eliminate a corona 'leak' inside a corona current metering panel.
Helped one of the above manufacturers develop a system to feed corona current to some twenty areas over a twelve foot distance. System had to be accessible for routine maintenance and component replacement.Trained 40 maintenance personnel (at a dog food production facility) in understanding and maintaining electrical control equipment, including contactor/relay circuits, programmable controllers, motors and motor controls. Only a half dozen of them had any prior electrical training.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Charlotte, North Carolina - Asheville, North Carolina - Gastonia, North Carolina - Augusta, Georgia - Athens, Georgia - Columbia, South Carolina - Greenville, South Carolina

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1951 Degree: BSEE Subject: Electrical Engineering Institution: UK
Year: 1960 Degree: MS Subject: Solid State Physics Institution: Stevens Institute of Technology

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1992 to 1996 Employer: Elk Corp. of Texas Title: Interim Engineering Manager Department: Manufacturing Engineering Responsibilities: Managed various projects to reduce costs or increase production capacity.
Years: 1985 to 1992 Employer: Fiberweb Nonwwovens Title: Project Engineer Department: Engineering Technology Responsibilities: Motorized and instrumented a new research line; managed various projects to improve product quality and production capacity.
Years: 1973 to 1985 Employer: Precision Controls Corp. Title: Chief Engineer Department: Engineering Responsibilities: Managed design and production of manufacturing machine controls; production process controls; instrumentation; automation.
Years: 1963 to 1973 Employer: Uster Corporation Title: Chief Engineer Department: New Product Development Responsibilities: Developed automatic gas monitor for use in metals manufacturing, mass spectrometer-based; Developed moisture meter for online use on open width cloth finishing line; Developed automatic chemical concentration controller using automated pH endpoint.
Years: 1962 to 1963 Employer: E. I. Doucette Associates Title: Director of Research Department: Research & Development Responsibilities: Determined outgassing of vacuum tubes under US Air Force contract; Developed automatic toner control for new Savin xerographic copier; developed automated lawn moisture controller; developed commercial mass spectrometer system based on Omegatron.
Years: 1951 to 1962 Employer: Bell Telephone Laboratories Title: Member of Technical Staff Department: Component Development Responsibilities: Developed new ferrite cored inductor for carrier telephone system; fabricated experimental thin film devices (vacuum evaporated films); developed Hall Effect devices, both circulator and unidirectional amplifier using Esaki diodes.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1969 to 1973 Country / Region: Switzerland Summary: He visited instrument manufacturer to learn of new designs coming out, to better prepare his company to import those instruments for re-sale in USA.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Former member, IEEE, ISA
Licenses / Certifications
Former P.E. in North Carolina
Publications and Patents Summary
He has 3 publications, and a few patents.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
None.
Training / Seminars
Member of Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) Consortium from about 1990-1991 at Purdue University.
Taught 'Electrical Controls' to maintenance personnel for a Community College, and as a private contractor for a new plant startup.
Vendor Selection
Has located vendors for many electrical control components, particularly motors, motor controls, sensors (speed, pressure, temperature, humidity, corona current & voltage), high voltage power supplies, high voltage current distribution systems and components, non-contact area density monitors.
Marketing Experience
His experience is probably too out-of-date here.
Other Relevant Experience
Specification preparation and interpretation; key questions to ask oneself when making a major design or production decision.

Fields of Expertise

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