Intellex Acquires Expert by Big Village

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Expert Details

Thermal Processing of Advanced Materials.

ID: 726333 Pennsylvania, USA

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He has extensive experience with the removal of binder systems from ceramic systems during post-processing, including safety, code compliance and practical aspects. Binders worked with range from "classic" organic binders to "catalytic" binders (e.g. BASF Catamold).

He designed, sold, engineered and commissioned ceramic drying systems for a variety of products using waste heat, infrared, convection, infrared and RF technologies.

He has designed, commissioned and troubleshot automated spray, dip and waterfall glazing solutions for ceramic manufacturers.

He has designed, specified and selected ceramic kiln furniture made from high alumina, mullite, various silicon carbides and other materials. He can speak extensively about the pros and cons of the different material grades and their manufacturers.

He also was involved in patent infringement claims on nitride-bonded silicon carbide.

Expert has spent his entire professional career working with kilns. Working for four leading kiln manufacturers, he has designed, engineered, sold and commissioned all styles of kilns: Roller hearth, pusher plate, tunnel, shuttle, elevator, laboratory, kilns heated both with electricity and fuels.

He has spent time evaluating microwave processing compared to conventional heating methods, and has found that in most cases, it is not economical.

Expert has worked for his entire professional career in the heat treatment equipment industry which has brought him practical experience with a variety of heat resistant materials, including ceramics, metals and specialty materials (e.g. bearings). As a consultant he has worked with a variety of manufacturers to help them find cost-effective solutions to their heat-resistant materials problems.

Expert has worked his entire professional career with furnace manufacturers, working with customers to develop processes for sintering ceramics and metals using a variety of heating technologies and systems. As a ceramic engineer, Expert has studied the fundamentals of sintering, and this coupled with his practical knowledge brings a unique insight to the customers he has helped.

Expert, a Ceramic Engineer, has worked with clients to specify ceramic materials for cost-effective and reliable solutions to their processing problems. Spending his entire career in the heat treatment industry, Expert brings special knowledge in selecting heat-resistant materials. He also has personal relationships with many manufacturers of ceramic materials, knowing their properties and capabilities.

Expert, a Ceramic Engineer, has worked on firing systems his entire career. The relationship between defect-free-forming and defect-free firing results has given him unique insights into the successful forming of ceramic materials.

He has worked with all types of ceramic materials, including tape cast, pressed, thick film, machined components, jiggered, cast, and even hand-made artware.

He has also worked designing fully automated systems that begin by extracting parts from the forming operation and transporting them through firing and beyond.

Expert through his career designing heat treatment systems, has specified a large number of short-run specialty ceramic items for use in these systems. As a result, he has developed an extensive network of suppliers who can efficiently manufacture unique ceramic components in lots as small as one. He has also helped clients specify components that need to be produced in small lots at first, and economically ramped to large quantities after the concept is proven.

Expert has worked extensively solving heat treatment and other processing problems for manufacturers of techinical ceramics, including electrical, electrochemical, structural and functional materials.

He worked with a pre-IPO fuel cell manufacturer to refine and develop new thermal processes for the manufacture and testing of their components.He worked with an early-stage manufacturer of electronic materials to help select materials and equipment for the high-temperature processing of an aggressive and toxic product.He helped several manufacturers identify alternate sources for temperature-resistant components improving process reliability and reducing purchase cost for the manufacturers.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1993 Degree: BSci Subject: Ceramic Engineering Institution: Alfred University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2008 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Owner Department:
He is owner of this consulting firm that provides manufacturing and equipment advice to ceramics and advanced materials companies.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2004 to 2008 Employer: Nabertherm USA Title: President Department: 302-322-3665
As President of this US subsidiary of a German manufacturer of furnaces for the industrial, laboratory and arts markets, he grew this US division from a $ 2MM to $ 5MM organization. Growth was achieved by attracting large key distributor clients, including Cole Parmer, GT Solar and Henry Schein.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1995 to 2004 Employer: Eisenmann Corporation Title: Various, ending as Division Manager Department: Ceramics
Rose through the ranks of the US office of this German manufacturer of industrial process and material handling equipment, beginning as a service engineer and working as staff engineer, sales, before promoted to Division Manager of the Ceramics business unit.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1993 to 1995 Employer: Swindell Dressler International Title: Commissioning Engineer Department:
As commissioning engineer, he started up kiln systems worldwide, personally increasing the world's supply of toilets by more than 6,000 per day.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2000 to Present Country / Region: Germany Summary: Worked extensively for German manufacturers of industrial equipment exporting to the USA. Communicated differences between US and German regulations and import / export issues.
Years: 1995 to 2000 Country / Region: Korea Summary: Several extended assignments in Korea installing and troubleshooting industrial equipment.
Years: 1994 to 1994 Country / Region: China Summary: Installed and commissioned the first heat treat furnace for fast-firing ceramics, and trained local personnel on its operation.
Years: 2000 to 2001 Country / Region: India Summary: Installed and commissioned an integrated steel finishing line for a multinational appliance manufacturer. Managed a team of local contractors to achieve goals.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Professional Appointments
Editorial advisory board, Ceramic Industry Magazine

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Successfully diverted a product liability subrogation claim by proving contributory negligence on the part of the client before legal action was initiated.

Prepared defenses for breach of contract claims in industrial equipment deliveries. Claims were settled prior to litigation.
Training / Seminars
Developed and Delivered seminars on: Ceramic firing, heat treat furnace maintenance / troubleshooting, combustion system theory / troubleshooting, automating industrial processes, energy optimization in heat treat applications, and industrial SCADA system design.
Vendor Selection
Sourced ceramic fixtures, and heat treat system components as a primary job responsibility. Have extensive experience and supplier relationships in sourcing heat treatment and systems and accessories.
Marketing Experience
Well connected to the Fuel Cell industry.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
German He regularly translates technical and marketing materials from the German to English. Not fluent speaking or writing German.

Fields of Expertise

ceramic binder, ceramic drying technology, ceramics drying, ceramic glazing, ceramic kiln furniture, furnace refractory system, kiln, ceramic material heat treatment, ceramic sintering, heat-resistant material, refractory metal alloy, sintering, ceramic material selection, ceramic material, ceramic engineering, ceramic forming, ceramic processing, ceramic prototype, technical ceramic, ceramic floor tile, electrical utility plant process engineering, monolithic ceramic, jiggering, ceramic composite, ceramic heat sink, ceramic gel casting, hydrogen generator, advanced ceramic material, hydrogen gas safety, green compact, ceramic component manufacturing, ceramic component, vacuum sintering, white alumina, ceramic extrusion, mullite, alumina substrate, ceramic tape, microporous ceramic, whiteware industry, ceramic product decoration, glass product decoration, ceramic slip production, molding press, retort (chamber), electric battery material, solid oxide, solid-oxide fuel cell analysis, solid-oxide fuel cell, industrial nonfood microwave processing, crucible, ceramic material manufacturing, refractory mold coating material, particulate ceramics processing equipment design, particulate ceramics processing, ceramic creep, ceramic machining, metal powder component, ceramic technology, microwave ceramic processing, ceramic dry pressing, refractory compound, zirconium oxide, refractory plastic, monolithic refractory, materials science, ceramic corrosion, ceramic slip casting, silicide, heat-resistant metal, powder metallurgy, refractory ceramic, refractory metal, refractory, refractory concrete, refractory coating material, powder metallurgy process, powder metallurgy material, heat-resistant alloy, clay, ceramic powder processing, ceramic finishing, ceramic fiber, ceramic coating material, ceramic capacitor

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