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Expert Details

Abrasive Technology, Machining, Grinding, Expert Witness, and Engineering

ID: 108285 Ohio, USA

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Creep-feed grinding was the subject of Expert's PhD work. His research provided the basis for next-generation grinding processes, as well as grinding machine tool design. He has authoritative expertise in the area of creep-feed grinding and related machining operations.Expert has been key in the establishment of new manufacturing facilities, the incorporation of automation and robotics, optimizing existing operations in the United States and world-wide. Expert has significant experience as an expert witness in matters that concern injury, patent infringement, contract violation and component defects with regard to abrasive and machining technologies.

Expert has spent the majority of his career devoted to the study and the technology transfer of grinding processes to the manufacturing industry. The principles of precision grinding of surface and cylindrical workpieces is the subject of his book, "Modern Grinding Process Technology," published in 1992 by McGraw-Hill.

In order to properly utilize the modern-day grinding and abrasive machining processes, the choice of abrasive, cutting fluid, grinding wheel, and the feeds and speeds is critical. Expert has over 20 years of experience in research and shop-floor implementation of state-of-the-art grinding and abrasive processes. He can also provide the necessary specifications for the tools, as well as the expected feeds and speeds to run them

Difficult to machine metals, polymers and whisker-reinforced materials pose a significant problem to the manufacturing engineer. Expert's expertise in grinding processes and abrasive machining provide the answer to both the technical and economical challenges in machining these "next generation" materials.

In combination with conventional grinding processes, creep-feed grinding of ceramics has been researched and tested by Expert in the laboratory and under production conditions. It has been shown to be one of the most effective machining processes for these types of materials. He also provides the total requirements for a grinding facility necessary to perform the proper grinding and machining of ceramics.

Expert began his career as an apprentice gaining practical experience in all conventional and some non-conventional machining techniques. His work in innovative abrasive processes requires an in-depth knowledge of the most up-to-date conventional processes to allow both technical and economical comparisons to be drawn.

Expert has contributed to the 3rd Edition of the book entitled Metalworking Fluids published by CRC Press in (Undisclosed). He has conducted fluid performance testing and was awarded the STLE Editor's Choice Award for his paper on Mist Generation in High-Speed Grinding.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1980 Degree: PhD Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: University of Bristol, England
Year: 1975 Degree: BTech (hons) Subject: Product Engineering and Management Institution: Loughborough University of Technology, England

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1983 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department:
A consultant to the manufacturing industry in areas of process development and optimization, testing and R&D, as well as expert witness support in lawsuits.

Performing process development, instrumented testing and R&D services along with training and education to the precision grinding and abrasive machining industry. Expert is a patent holder in the industry. Expert also provides legal assistance to attorneys as an expert witness in matters of workplace injury, patent and contract infringement related to the abrasives and machine tool industry.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1979 to 1983 Employer: General Electric Aircraft Engines Title: Manufacturing Engineer Department:
A manufacturing methods development engineer responsible for designing and building the first robotic and fully automated turbine blade grinding facility.

Advanced Manufacturing Engineer responsible for the technology and project management in the advanced abrasive machining of aircraft engine components. Coordinated a laboratory team that developed a fully automated prototype grinding cell for the precision manufacture of aircraft engine turbine blades and vanes. This program was derived from Expert's research in the UK. Expert's responsibilities were: Lobbying the Department of Defense for funding, project planning, in-house R&D funding, work planning and reporting of activities as well as key technical input. The demonstrator technology and the production of a working system resulted in excess of $13M savings in production costs to GE and the USAF in 1983.

During the program a state-of-the-art precision non-contact probe and turbine blade fixturing system was developed and patented by GE.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1969 to 1979 Employer: Rolls-Royce Limited Title: Industrial Engineer Department:
From a shop-floor apprentice to an industrial engineer with responsibilities for the manufacture of aircraft engine parts.

Fully sponsored research scientist in Mechanical Engineering, sponsored by Rolls-Royce and the British Science research council to understand and improve the creep-feed grinding process. The results of Expert's work revolutionized the precision grinding industry in Europe. That same technology is becoming accepted in the US today and across other industries. From 1975 to 1976 Manufacturing Methods Development Engineer responsible for leading the development of all manufacturing process technologies in aircraft engine manufacture.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert was the Chairman of the Tenth ISAAT Conference alongside the SME International Grinding Conference. He was also the chairman of the 4th SME International Grinding Conference. Expert is a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
Awards / Recognition
Expert has received a number of awards including the Sir Walter Puckey Prize from the Institution of Production Engineers in London, and the Lombard Award for outstanding technical contribution from Rolls-Royce Limited. Expert was the Young Engineer of the Year for his work in Advanced Manufacturing Technology at General Electric's Aircraft Engine Group. The Abrasive Engineering Society awarded him the Jim Bottorf award for his educational activities and dedicated commitment to research and development in the abrasive industry. He appears in the Who's Who in America.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert holds patents on fixture and sensor designs essential to the success of automated grinding operations as well as patents on a revolutionary new concept in grinding machine tool design. He has written numerous papers and articles in Creep-Feed Grinding, as well as a contribution to the Edition of McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. He wrote the Abrasive Machining Handbook for the grinding division of Korber AG in Germany and has presented many educational seminars on Creep-Feed Grinding.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has experience as an expert witness in cases of patent infringement, safety and worker injury as well as contractual disputes, manufacturing defects and machine tool performance.
Training / Seminars
Expert has presented the Society of Manufacturing Engineers course on Abrasives and Precision Machining since (Undisclosed). The course is offered as a three-day Certificate Program through SME or privately through Expert.
Vendor Selection
Expert has experience locating vendors of:

* Grinding machine tools
* Grinding wheels
* Cutting fluids
* Abrasives
* Precision grinding and machining job shops.

He has access to the following resources:

* Client database
* Technical paper database
* Catalogs and journals
* Personal contacts
Marketing Experience
Expert is a world authority on the use of Abrasives and Precision Grinding. He is a founding member of ICAT, the International Committee on Abrasive Technology which organizes the annual ISAAT (International Symposium on Advances in Abrasive Technology) conference at venues across the world.

Fields of Expertise

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