Intellex Acquires Expert by Big Village

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Expert Details

Magnetic Recording and Data Analysis

ID: 719242 New Hampshire, USA

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Expert has over 20 years of experience in the development of magnetic disks for hard disk drives. His early experience includes work with the spin coating of particulate disks for a number of rigid disk cartridges, packs, and fixed disk drives. His recent experience includes the development of plated and sputtered rigid media using any of numerous magnetic materials. He is familiar with all disk processes, including substrate machining and grinding, electroless nickel plating, grinding, polishing, cleaning, and sputtering a variety of underlayers (magnetic materials and top coats). He is also experienced with buffing, lubrication, burnishing, glide testing, and certification procedures. Expert was personally trained and worked with Dr. W. Edward Deming. He used Deming's concepts to improve disk yield and reduce process variation. He is also knowledgeable of statistical analysis and design of experiments, which he employed in the development of computer disks.

Over the course of several years, Expert was responsible for the development of 8-, 5-, and 3.5-inch floppy disks at Nashua Corporation. He was personally involved with selecting and qualifying diskette media in web and punched cookie format. He is familiar with all floppy disk specifications, testing, and the processing procedures of lamination, cutting, primary folding, punching, burnishing, certification, formatting, end folding, and packaging. He has worked with OEMs and end users in identifying and correcting floppy disk problems.

Expert has several years of experience developing and using dip coating technology for lubricating magnetic particulate and thin film disks. He developed extensive process control, surface characterization, and analytical measurement technology to maintain coating variations within Angstroms of the target thickness. He also applied this technology to coat organic photo-conductor (OPC) drums with three individual chemical firms.

Having worked with nearly all of the disk drive manufacturers worldwide (including extensive experience with those in Japan), Expert can answer a variety of questions on disk drive technology. As a supplier of media to these manufacturers, he was frequently asked to help solve disk drive problems. His experience includes contamination analysis and control, servo-writing, defect identification and analysis, and reliability testing and improvement. He has a working knowledge of CRC, ECC, error handling schemes, Weibull distribution analysis, and data interfaces. His most recent experience including the specification, testing and qualification of GMR heads and sputtered media for desktop hard disk drives.

Expert has extensive experience in writing Access and Excel macros for automatically gathering, analyzing, and graphing engineering data. An example was a one-page summary of a development work order that listed averages and standard deviations of 72 key variables. Hyperlinks were provided to allow instant access to over 50 graphs for further investigation of parameters that were of concern. A master summary of all work orders for a program was also updated whenever an individual work order was analyzed.

Expert collected production yield and variable data using Access. The data was analyzed using Excel and graphed using Excel or Jandel. Daily, weekly, and special reports were issued as required.He wrote Access and Excel macros for use by company employees to automate gathering and reformatting of error data. Expert supervised the writing of a magnetic tape test program. He analyzed and plotted resulting data to show performance differences of various tape drives and suppliers.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1976 Degree: M.S. Subject: Engineering Management (Computer Systems Minor) Institution: Northeastern University
Year: 1966 Degree: B.S. Subject: Physics Institution: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2000 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department:
Expert consults in magnetic recording and data base analysis to improve product development and production yields.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1995 to 2000 Employer: Maxtor Corporation Title: Senior Director Department: Head/Media Development
He was responsible for the design, testing, qualification and ramp of advanced GMR heads and sputtered media for desktop disk drives.
He was a key member of 12 management teams responsible for major technical and business decisions for individual disk drive programs achieving densities of over 14 Gb/in^2.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1993 to 1995 Employer: Nashua Corporation Title: Director of Technology Department: Central Research and Development
Expert led the introduction of 17 new products/processes ranging from water-based masking tape and label adhesives to direct thermal coatings and compounding room for Graphics and Label divisions.
He developed and introduced new product development guidelines to Central R&D and all divisions. The guidelines were implemented on all current development programs.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1991 to 1993 Employer: Nashua Corporation Title: Vice President of R&D Department: Nashua Thin Film Disk Division
Expert led the R&D team in the development, qualification, and ramp of Nashua's first high coercivity 65 mm disk. He introduced three new technologies/processes to meet the needs of greater read/write and durability performance.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1982 to 1991 Employer: Nashua Corporation Title: Technical Director Department: Nashua Oxide Disk Division
Expert was a key member of the management team that led Nashua CPD to become the market leader in the oxide disk industry and the biggest exporter of oxide disks to Japan.
He was personally trained by, and worked with, Dr. W. Edwards Deming in identifying key variables and reducing process variation to lower costs and satisfy the ever demanding customer requirements.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1969 to 1982 Employer: Nashua Corporation Title: Physicist/Group Leader Department: Central Research and Oxide Division
He designed computer controlled electronic disk certification and process equipment. This included data collection and statistical analysis capability.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1966 to 1969 Agency: U. S. Navy - TACRON 21 Role: Lieutenant Description: As an Electronics Material Officer, Expert was responsible for control of aircraft during amphibious landings.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1982 to 1995 Country / Region: Japan Summary: Expert has extensive experience qualifying and supplying hard disks to Japanese drive manufacturers.
Years: 1997 to 2000 Country / Region: Singapore Summary: He worked with a manufacturing plant in Singapore for the startup and yield improvement of eight new products.

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