An automated control system expert witness is typically a licensed professional engineer, and has expertise and a background in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, sensor technology, robotics, embedded systems, and/or control systems engineering.
Requiring minimal human intervention, automated control systems are used to operate equipment such as machinery, switching on telephone networks and aircraft, among other applications and vehicles. Automation can be achieved in various ways including mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, and computers. Sophisticated systems are more complicated and may use a combination of these techniques.
Legal cases and projects involving automated control system technology that Cahn Litigation Services locates expert witnesses for involve intellectual property, such as a patent infringement case, inter partes review in the PTAB, or trade secret disputes. Forensic engineering of components can prove (or disprove) intellectual property infringement or theft. An automated control engineering expert might also provide expert testimony in a product liability case, or be called upon to testify in an industrial control system accident investigation.
Expert witness services could include forensic engineering, prior art search, expert report, patent invalidity and validity arguments, expert opinion, and expert testimony at a trial. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request a testifying expert with prior expert witness experience. An expert witness needs to not only have expertise, an engineering expert witness must possess the ability to explain technology to lay people. In addition, clients may seek an industry expert for pre-litigation consulting work.
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Automated Control System experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Automated Control System landscape.
This expert is an electrical engineering expert with many years of hands-on experience in industrial controls, automation, machinery, equipment, industrial safety and machine safeguarding. This expert applies expertise to forensic casework involving industrial controls, machine safeguarding, workplace safety, industrial/commercial/residential electric power systems, electrical related fires, electric shocks, and electrocutions. This expert is proficient in the National Electrical Code, National Electrical Safety Code, Electrical Safety in the Workplace, OSHA Standards for General Industry, and OSHA Electrical Safety Standards.
For many years this expert was a controls engineer for a control system integrator, where this expert was involved in control panel design, industrial automation, machine control, electrical design, software programming, installation, electrical contractor supervision, machine safeguarding, commissioning, project management, electrical power distribution and workplace safety. This expert was a corporate engineer performing electrical engineering in 4 different manufacturing facilities, including industrial controls, automation, process control, process engineering, quality control, robotics, industrial safety, machine safeguarding manufacturing supervision, and product development.
This expert is a licensed Professional Engineer in more than 20 states and a member of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE), National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), American Association of Safety Engineers (ASSE) as well as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
This expert provides technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony toward the resolution of commercial and personal injury litigation involving design, construction, operation, maintenance and training of electrical systems, equipment and devices.
This expert’s areas of expertise include:
Automation, controls, automated manufacturing, automated assembly lines, conveyors, robotics, material handling, packaging, robotic cells, automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS), test cells, gantries, cranes, elevators, conveyors, lifts, turn tables, pumps, fans, scales, instrumentation, motion control, process control, boiler control, steam control, speed control, industrial controls, HVAC systems, air conditioners, air handling, boilers, compressed air, exhaust, centrifugal and absorption chillers, heaters, ovens, presses, grinders, cutting, broaching, stamping presses, hydraulics, pneumatics, vision, inspection, weighing, RFID, barcode, RF Radios, recipe/batch management, gas analyzers, motor controls, motion control, electrical control panels, control panel design/build (UL certified), PLC, HMI, MES, SCADA and software development, industrial communications (wired and wireless), information systems, data collection, data reporting, alarming, and industrial safety.
This expert’s expertise also extends to:
Industrial control software, programmable logic controllers (PLC), human machine interface (HMI), graphical user interface (GUI), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA). Other software Visual Basic, C++, Microsoft SQL. PLC Software, Allen Bradley/Rockwell RSLogix/5/500/5000/IPDS, Siemens S5/S7/TIA Portal, Mitsubishi MEDOC/GX Developer/GX Works, Omron, Telemechanique, Modicon,B+R, Opto22, Steeplechase VLC, PC Worx, Wago, Automation Direct, Koyo HMI / GUI / SCADA Software, Rockwell RSView, Rockwell FactoryTalk, Allen Bradley Panelbuilder, Siemens WinCC, Mitsubishi GOT, Mitsubishi GX Worx, Wonderware, Intellution, Iconics, Cimplicity, Proficy iFix, Indusoft, Automation Direct C-more, Industrial Communication Networks, Ethernet, Profibus, Profinet, Ethernet I/P, DeviceNet, ControlNet, Interbus, and ASi-Bus.
This expert provides Expert Witness, Investigation, and Technical Consulting services for Industrial Control Systems, Automated Systems, and Safety Systems. This expert has litigated several cases that involve PLC ladder logic, and has designed scores of systems which utilize PLC code. This expert manages an automation engineering group, and writes/analyzes PLC code virtually every day. Experience includes:
Automated Machinery – Manufacturing Plants, Production Plants
Robotics – Assembly Lines, Semiconductor Plants, Packaging Plants
Control Systems – PLC Controls, Computer Controlled Machines
Automatic and Revolving Doors
Amusement Park Rides – Control Systems, Safety Systems
Bowling Centers – Equipment Systems
Mining – Surface and Strip Mining, Coal, Quarry, Minerals, Oilsands, Conveyors, and Crushers
Lasers – Etching Equipment, Production Lines
Egg Production and Packaging
Food and Beverage Plants – Snack Foods, Cereal, Pasta, Soft Drinks, Beer, Meat Packaging
Conveyors – Belt Conveyors, Bucket Conveyors, Packaging Machines, Vibratory Systems
Wood Production – Sawmills, Chippers, Wood Pellet Plants
Patents – Control Systems, Automated Devices, Production and Manufacturing Machines
Contract Disputes – Control Systems, Production Equipment, Manufacturing Equipment
This expert has acquired many years of experience in electrical, electronic, automation, robotics, bulk materials handling, and mechanical system design. As an inventor, this expert holds several electronic and mechanical patents. This expert’s technical background includes extensive experience with digital logic circuits, vision systems, laser research involving Co2 lasers (Class 4 100 watt), and laser diodes (Class 3B). This expert has established and managed several engineering, CAD, automation, and field service groups, for deployment of automated machinery in the food, beverage, refinery, coal, oil sands, pharmaceutical, and chemical plant industries. Most of this work carried over to the field, where this expert managed electrical and mechanical field construction projects.
This expert’s memberships have included ISA (Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society), and AEE (The Association of Energy Engineers). Authorships include Whitepapers for RAM (Remote Asset Management), Energy Management, Automation, and cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practice) for FDA related validation procedures in lab environments. Intellectual property and patent experience includes work as a Technical Expert Witness involving patent infringement and automation related accidents.
This expert is a Professional Engineer with an MS in Electrical Engineering. This expert has extensive experience in industrial controls, including developing ladder logic and source code. This expert has designed processing machinery, material handling systems, tooling, industrial controls, data acquisition systems, and safety interlocks for manufacturing lines. This expert has created mechanical drawings, electrical wiring diagrams, electrical schematics, and control logic. This expert has led seminars and continuing education workshops related to designing analog block logic, digital ladder logic for process control applications, human-machine interface (HMI) graphics, wiring, and hardware for distributed control system (DCS) applications. As a Consulting Engineering Manager, this expert managed intellectual property and regulatory compliance matters, and developed, designed, and tested digital and analog electronics, embedded systems, industrial control system logic, and mechanical components for the food, consumer product, medical device, transportation, utility, HVAC, and agricultural equipment industries. As Plant Engineer, this expert designed machine elements, tooling, and automated control systems for food production lines. This expert is the author of numerous technical and programming publications, is a patent holder, and has provided expert witness services for over 15 years, testifying in depositions and in the courtroom.
This expert is an electrical engineer with many years of experience as a testifying and consulting expert. This expert's background specific to programmable controllers began with early TV remote controls. This expert's experience includes analysis and programming of complex remotes that implement activities beginning with a Universal 850 and several generations of remotes. This Founder of a successful consulting firm providing advisement in the areas of system design and litigation support in patent cases, this expert served as an expert witness in a case involving the control of medical devices. This expert's design engineering experience includes, in addition to processor design, the design of computer peripheral controllers including communications control for medical apparatus, as well as units containing communications ports for IR and wired serial data. This expert is well versed in all forms of control systems, including Bluetooth and protocols for handshaking and communication, embedded systems and the related software. With a general background in computer communications, peripheral controllers and central processors, this expert has a particularly deep background in assisting counsel with claim construction, as well as providing deposition and trial testimony. This expert has worked on more than one hundred patent matters, having written reports, provided deposition testimony and has been to trial in over twenty, for and against the patent holder. These cases include embedded control of mechanisms and processes including medical equipment control. In addition to these hardware centered assignments, this expert has worked on software in the same embedded systems noted above, device drivers for computer peripherals and application programs including transaction processing systems.
This expert has many years of experience in Computer Science, Security network communications, Remote control, and monitoring systems. This expert has specialized in wireless and cloud based security applications monitored from mobile applications, and device controls configured by user profiles.
This expert has been an expert for over 25 cases including 12 remote control and security network communications and patent litigation cases. This expert has provided Expert Reports, IPR, CBM, Deposition, and Trial Testimony. This includes testifying in a technology patent suit for remote authorization from a mobile device, where the judge found for this expert’s client and cited this expert on all points of contention. This expert’s analysis also contributed to a $35 million settlement in a Network Transaction systems patent litigation.
Sample of Professional Experience
Designed computer control systems and user control panels for remote control of manufacturing equipment.
Implemented remote monitoring of telephone facilities including central office switch buildings. Application included remote control of X10 monitoring devices and alarm activation operating on local secure networks and external networks.
Development of remote monitoring applications for monitoring of utility buildings including powerline monitoring utilizing Network alarm notification. Also implemented system for remote meter reading and remote control of appliances.
Development of mobile applications (iPhone and Android), high speed wireless communications, WiFi security mesh networks, and performed evaluation of secure networks and telecommunication system.
This expert holds a PhD in Robotics and Automation, is a Professional Engineer, and brings to the table many years of experience in automation systems with specific expertise in instrumentation, control, and software related to electro-mechanical systems. This expert has successfully applied these core strengths in numerous industries including: manufacturing; medical and biomedical; nanotechnology and semiconductor. A former Chief Scientist of a robotics research group and technical architect of multi-million dollar projects with Fortune 500 companies and Federal agencies, this expert has written five copyrighted software systems. This expert has worked extensively with:
This expert has courtroom experience with analyzing software in theft of trade secrets and patent cases. This expert accepts a small number of litigation support engagements to complement regular work as a professional engineer designing automation and machine control systems.