A machine design expert witness is typically a licensed professional engineer with a background and expertise in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, product design, structural engineering, and/or industrial design. The chosen expert is often a member of an industry or technical organization, such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), IEEE, or the National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA).
Frequently, matters requiring machine design expert witness services involve intellectual property, such as patent infringement litigation, inter partes review or trade secret disputes. A forensic expert can reverse engineer components to prove (or disprove) intellectual property infringement or theft. A machine design expert could also be called in on breach of contract disputes to consult on technical issues, which could require forensic engineering work. A machine design expert witness might also provide testimony in a torts matter like personal injury or a product liability case involving the failure analysis of industrial equipment, construction equipment, or a medical device.
Litigation support by a machine design expert witness could include reverse engineering, an expert report, an 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 mechanical engineer with prior expert witness experience. An engineering expert witness needs to not only have technical expertise but must possess the ability to explain technology to lay people. In addition, clients may seek a mechanical engineering expert witness for pre-litigation consulting work.
Whether the case involves vehicles, appliances, farm machinery, machine tools, factory automation systems, robots, or anything in between, Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn an expert witness search around quickly and provide the right balance of expertise and testimony to support each unique project.
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Machine Design experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Machine Design landscape.
This expert is an electro-mechanical engineer specializing in design and development of electronic, mechanical and electro-mechanical machinery and equipment for commercial and consumer products, material handling systems, automated assembly machines, weaving and tufting machines and sub-systems. This expert's extensive experience in developing products and machine systems has qualified this expert as an expert in analyzing a multitude of products, systems and machines. This expert has conceived of, designed, fabricated, produced and supplied over sixty (60) machines and products to clients and customers and is quite familiar with machine operating tolerances as well as the patent process. This expert has designed, fabricated and supplied a folding machine that would fold a variety of different disposable surgical sheets where the operating slit was at the outside edge of the last fold. This expert holds many patents for the equipment and products designed, built and manufactured for clients. This expert understands the litigation process; knows the role as an expert witness and/or consultant; this includes over one thousand depositions and over two hundred trials in both federal and state courts in numerous states in the US.
This expert has many years of experience in product design, development and manufacturing and holds a Master's degree in Bioengineering. Machine guarding is central to this expert's career. In designing machines for automated testing of athletic shoes this expert integrated machine guards into every machine. This expert designed a robotic test cell that incorporated a myriad of machine guards. In this expert's forensic work, this expert has been the expert witness in a variety of cases involving machine guarding.
At an early age this expert completed machinists training and understands machine guarding from a user's, as well as a designer's perspective.
This expert holds a PhD in Precision & Microsystems Engineering, Mechatronic System Design and serves as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and of Optics. Specializing in machine design, instrumentation and metrology, particularly surrounding opto-mechanical machines/instruments and machines for manufacturing, this expert is published widely on surround custom instruments & systems that have been built and qualified for research purposes. Additionally, this expert teaches elements of machine design for manufacturing. In addition to academic experience, this expert has worked in the industry for an optics manufacturing equipment company. This expert has served as an expert in litigation.
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 is a Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, and is internationally known in Human Computer Interaction for contributions to software tools that make new forms of interaction more broadly accessible. This expert's broad research interests are in Human-Computer Interaction, User Interface Software and Technology, and Ubiquitous Computing. This expert's specific research is often motivated by challenges at the intersection of technology and design, developing new tools that empower individuals in important domains like health.
This expert's research includes novel applications of low-cost and unobtrusive personal sensing, novel applications of non-expert machine learning, and tools for runtime modification of graphical interfaces. This expert's work on non-expert interaction with machine learning considered domains such as activity recognition, image search, social network friend groups, and gesture recognition. These helped define new approaches to everyday interaction with big data and new approaches to machine learning in software developer tools. This work on runtime interpretation and modification of interfaces helps unlock interaction, enabling new approaches to deploying interaction techniques in the current technology ecosystem.
This expert is both a Professional Engineer and a Ph.D. who focuses on human factors and the biomechanics of injury causation. This expert has significant experience industry as well as consulting experience in product design, manufacturing and safety-related issues and the applicable standards for a wide variety of products and applications. This expert's experience with Industrial accidents in particular, includes machine guarding, rotating machinery, pinch-points, forklifts, explosions and OSHA/MESHA issues. This expert is well published, is a frequent presenter at industry conferences, and holds a machine guarding patent with another application pending.
This expert is a Professional Engineer with Mechanical Engineering, Structural Engineering, and Civil Engineering degrees and certificates. This expert has a good deal of ladder logic experience within the context of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and Computer Numerical Controls (CNC). This expert was engaged in the design, manufacture, installation and startup of robotic pick and place machinery, performing all engineering calculations necessary in the design of these robotic machines and programming the PLCs during the initial installation period. This expert has also dealt with the design and construction of industrial material handling systems, such as conveyors, piping systems, crane, monorails, robotics, PLCs, hydraulics, pneumatics and electrical controls. This expert had sole responsibility for designing, installing, programming and startup of CNC for manufacturing machine equipment, including selection of components, ladder logic programming, modification of machinery, and machine design. This expert holds two U.S. Patents and is working on two others. This expert has been engaged as an expert witness in a number of cases.
This expert holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and is a Professor Emeritus. This expert taught undergraduate, masters and PhD classes in Mechanical Engineering and Software Development. Typical classes were Machine Design, Design of Machine Elements, Software Engineering, Human Computer Interface, and Introduction to Artificial Intelligence. This expert developed and taught the university’s first robotics program. This expert also provided consulting to industry giants and has continued to be active as an industry consultant.
This expert has published over 60 papers, and is the author of the a publication relating to machine safety. This expert was elected to a National Materials Advisory Board Committee that analyzed how improvements could be made to Structural Components. This was in response to the Challenger Space Shuttle Disaster.
This expert has been hired by both Plaintiffs and Defendants, roughly (70 % plaintiff and 30% defendant).