Intended to protect humans from personal injury, machine guarding refers to the safety features on manufacturing or engineering equipment. A machine guarding expert witness is typically a licensed professional engineer or certified safety professional with a background and expertise in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, product design, and/or industrial design. An expert witness in machine safety and machine guarding should also be familiar with the hazards addressed in OSHA standards and OSHA regulations. 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 guarding 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 guarding expert could also be called in to consult on technical issues, which could require forensic engineering work. A machine guarding expert witness might also provide testimony in a torts matter like a personal injury case as a result of an accident, or a product liability case involving the failure analysis involving the machine safety of industrial equipment or construction equipment.
Litigation support by a machine guarding expert witness could include reverse engineering, expert report, 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, an expert witness must possess the ability to explain technology to lay people. In addition, clients may seek an mechanical engineering expert witness for pre-litigation consulting work.
Whether the case involves farm machinery, industrial machinery, construction safety, machine safeguarding, 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. We 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 Guarding experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Machine Guarding landscape.
In addition to experience in matters involving all types of machine guarding issues, this expert spent many years testifying on accidents involving tire and tire/rim "explosions." One of this expert's publications includes a mathematical calculation of the tremendous energy released in such events. The central thesis in most of those cases was the necessity of a safety device to protect the tire mechanic.
This expert holds degrees in mechanical engineering. This expert is an Associate Director of Advanced Engineering Design and Development. This expert has special certification in Reliability and Failure Probability, and Failure Modes and Effect analysis.
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 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 an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. This expert wrote a white paper on machine guarding accidents which has remined the seminal writing in the subject for many years. This expert has since focused on Product Design and Manufacturing. This expert has received honors from the National Academy of Science and was a proposal reviewer for the National Science Foundation Design and Manufacturing division. This expert has consulted for multinational firms and has an impressive list of litigation support projects. This expert has been an expert in as many cases, a few of which have been focused on machine guarding.
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 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).