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Expert in Springs, Wire Products

Expert ID: 714149 Michigan, USA

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Expert is familiar with many methods of cost reduction in mechanisms. As an expert in the area of mechanical devices, he spends a large amount of his time analyzing different loading points, alternate types of springs, and minor changes to mating components so that cost savings can be realized. The results of his work are present in today's automotive seat hardware systems, window regulators, hinge assemblies, and various latch mechanisms.

Expert has experience with the design and manufacture of numerous types of springs. He has in-depth knowledge of compression, extension, helical, spiral torsion, coil, and leaf springs. As founder and President of a high volume production spring manufacturing plant, he has expertise in all areas of spring products. He has also been responsible for the management of engineering and quality control departments of three major spring manufacturers.

Expert is an engineering consultant in the areas of spring design and spring failure. His expertise allows him to analyze the cause and then offer solutions to problems of premature spring failure. Many of his designs are implemented in today's automobiles and trucks which can be found in seats, recliners, hood and trunk deck hinges, window regulators, parking brakes, and latch mechanism assemblies. Many applications require springs to operate for a large number of cycles. There are many reasons why springs fail, including the stress range they operate under and the maximum stress in the spring. Expert has devoted a large portion of his career to solving problems of premature spring failure. Evaluation of the environment, wire quality, workmanship, cycle rate, and spring design are just some of the items that must be analyzed when load loss and poor fatigue life problems exist.

Proper selection of wire materials is an important step in the design of any spring product. Expert evaluates the environmental conditions such as temperature, corrosion, and fatigue life, and then specifies the appropriate material. He also recommends shaped wire when appropriate.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Detroit, Michigan - Warren, Michigan - Flint, Michigan - Sterling Heights, Michigan - Lansing, Michigan - Ann Arbor, Michigan - Livonia, Michigan - Dearborn, Michigan - Cleveland, Ohio - Toledo, Ohio

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1980 Degree: BS Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Lawrence Technological University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1996 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1993 to 1996 Employer: Independent Consultant Title: Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1985 to 1993 Employer: Spring Dynamics, Inc. Title: Co-Founder/Co-Owner, Engineering Manager Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1986 to 1988 Employer: ITT Automotive, ITT Thompson Title: Product Engineer Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1981 to 1986 Employer: Gilco, Inc. Title: Director of Engineering and Reliability Department: Responsibilities:

Additional Experience

Vendor Selection
Expert has experience locating a variety of springs including: power springs, counterbalance springs, clock springs, torsion springs, compression springs, extension springs, spiral springs, regulator springs, wire forms, and torsion bars.
Marketing Experience
Expert has significant expertise with developing prototype products, and following them through high volume production. Understanding production capabilities at the prototype stage is very critical for a successful launch of a new product.
Other Relevant Experience
High volume production and prototype quantities of spring and wire products. Technical support is offered to customers who need engineering assistance.

Fields of Expertise

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