Industrial Precision Cleaning Expert, Specializing in Critical Cleaning, Surface Quality, and Contamination Control

Technical Consultant #1871


Expertise

Summary

  • Precision cleaning, critical cleaning and surface quality during manufacturing of complex products, including aerospace, medical devices, and other high-value product.

Industrial and Critical Cleaning, Contamination Control Processes

  • Optics; semi-conductors.
  • Biomedical and clinical instrumentation and devices.
  • Bearings (miniature aerospace, automotive, seismic protection).
  • Engineered and specialized coatings.
  • Electronics assembly, microelectronics.
  • Metal stamping.
  • Connectors.
  • Inertial navigation systems.
  • Refrigeration.

Market Research; Product Development

  • Identify promising applications.
  • Identify technical, economic, and competitive barriers to growth.
  • Pilot tests.
  • Beta site tests.
  • Evaluate technical results.
  • Provide tutorials, discussions for technical and marketing staff.
  • Evaluate safety and environmental issues.

Auditing, Training and Education

  • Site visits, assessments and pre-audits.
  • Process evaluation and assessment.
  • Supply chain assessment and auditing.
  • Competitive bid monitoring, high-value and high-cost processes.
  • Pollution prevention, environmental, safety, and hazardous waste minimization.
  • Research in environmental policy, worker safety, and regulatory issues.
  • Impact on industry of conflicting environmental regulations.
  • Energy impact of cleaning process options.
  • Thermal spray emissions; chrome and nickel.
  • Acetone in cleaning and coating applications.
  • Solvent options, substitutes for ozone depleters, global warming; economic and environmental consequences including market penetration, provided to U.S. EPA.
  • Performance and impact on Southern California industry of low-VOC wood coatings.
  • Alternative options: United Nations Environmental Programme Solvents and Coatings Technical Options Committee Handbook.
  • Cal/OSHA PEL policy, advisory activities.
  • Advisory to Ozone Transport Commission.

Expert Witness Experience

  • Department of Justice, controlled substance issues.
  • National and international intellectual property; unique teachings and process patent.
  • Performance and medical devices.
  • Performance and impact of consumer product, civil litigation.
  • Competitive issues in motion picture film processing and related applications.
  • Historical scenario reconstruction, solvents in manufacturing activities.

Experience

Undisclosed Company,

Undisclosed, President, 1994 - Present

  • A consulting and industry leader in precision, critical and industrial product cleaning firm.
  • Independent consultant in process development and monitoring, validation, failure analysis, equipment and chemistry selection.
  • Conduct site visits, audits, education and training programs.

Litton Guidance & Control Systems, Woodland Hills, CA, 1985 - 1994

Process and Materials Engineer

  • Activities included: Corporate-wide solvent substitution/replacement of ozone layer depleting chemicals.
  • Materials and processes engineering.
  • Clean room auditing and monitoring.
  • Failure analysis.
  • Safety programs, auditing.

Manager (Heading the replacement of ozone layer depleting chemicals in all Litton Industry divisions)

  • Developed and implemented pioneering precision cleaning and manufacturing processes for metals, complex composites, and optics.
  • Many of these processes are used in industrial settings, nationally and internationally.
  • Found alternatives for chemicals required in over 90% of processes, cutting multi-step processes by 30 - 50%.
  • Sharply cut process development costs by an estimated 80% by setting up a resource-sharing program, encompassing all company divisions and by establishing an ad hoc consortium of vendors to perform high-precision cleaning studies.
  • Provided technical research and support to local and national regulatory agencies.
  • Efforts contributed to development of environmental policy including standards to safeguard the environment, improve worker protection, while fostering business productivity.

BioScience Laboratory, Van Nuys, CA, Clinical Chemist, 1975 - 1985

  • As a researcher in clinical chemistry, designed and implemented clinically relevant and cost effective laboratory tests in such areas as toxicology, endocrinology, immunology, and fetal lung maturity.
  • Standardized and automated tests among company sites, improving quality control, reducing labor operating costs, and decreasing processing time.
  • Performed advanced clinical studies with physicians and the clinical chemistry community, designed informative and effective technical marketing literature.
  • Regularly published and presented research findings.

Honors & Publications

Credentials

  • Member: ASTM specific group which is generating a number of testing standards and guidance documents dealing with the cleanliness of single use medical devices and re-usable devices.
  • Member: Joint Solvent Substitution Working Group, a consortium of all branches of the military tasked with coordinating and expediting alternative cleaning processes.
  • Active participant in IPC and SMTA: Speaker and Presenter.

Languages

  • German, written, limited spoken
  • French, written, limited spoken

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Institute for Interconnecting and Packaging Electronic Circuits - IPC
  • Surface Mount Technology Association - SMTA
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers - ASTM
  • National Association for Surfacing Finishing - NASF
  • Joint Services Solvent Substitution Working Group - JS3
  • Member of the Continuing Education and Outreach Faculty at the UCLA/UC Irvine Southern California Education and Research Center

Awards

  • Recipient of the U.S. EPA Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award for accomplishments in commercial and military process implementation and in regulatory policy research.
  • Nominated for EPA "Best-of-the-Best" Award.

Publications and Patents

  • Editor of and contributor: Handbooks, Author and Co-Author of articles, (Controlled Environments Magazine), Cleaning of Medical Devices, and hundreds of publications and presentations.

Education

M.S. Biochemistry, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ

B.S. Biology, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA

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