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Bransford Pickett, PE
PE Mechanical Engineering
1356 Santa Olivia Road
Chula Vista CA 91913
USA
phone: 619-977-7693
fax: 619-781-8752
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Bransford Pickett, PE, BSc, MScBA, has over 25 years of experience as a Mechanical Engineer. A California Registered Professional Engineer, Mr. Pickett holds a BSE from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a MScBA in Finance from San Diego State University. His Materials Handling and Engineering Consulting Services are offered to insurance and end user companies nationally and internationally.

The combination of field expertise, engineering, and regulatory compliance experience provide Mr. Pickett's clients with a complete package of services. The depth and breadth of his expertise covers many successful design projects including commercial and military ships, many complex material handling activities, testing requirements of shipboard system, and development and implementation of compliance programs.

Many of the major projects include first of a kind challenges such as the Exxon Valdez post - accident docking and structural repairs, commission testing of navy auxiliary ships’ equipment including fueling systems, the US Navy Shughart Class Container Ship Conversion program, as well as shaft and appurtenance handling on the US Navy Watson Class ships. Included in these projects were planned engineered multi - crane lifts that reached in excess of 400 tons. These projects focused on safe, economic, simple designs compliant with applicable state and federal regulations, and national standards.

Engineered Material Handling Design and Review:
  • Services include single and multi-crane lift plans, material transport, and equipment testing. Design, review and analysis of supporting calculation of stresses imposed on lifting, supporting structure, and material handling equipment, and rigging gear. Equipment specification scope and review
Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering:
  • Perform intact, damage and probabilistic damage stability, and structural analysis on marine structures including barges, ships, and complimentary structures in accordance with regulatory bodies; ABS, Federal or State government
Training and Compliance:
  • Operator training compliance to National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators, NCCCO, requirements for tower crane, mobile crane, overhead crane, articulating crane operator training and certification, signal person, and rigger certification
  • Compliance covers applicable national and international standards that include the ABS, ASTM, ASM, ASME, ANSI, WSTDA, ALI, etc. and DIN, EN, FEM to list a few. National regulations include state and federal OSHA requirements as well as DOE, military specifications and standards
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Greg Gerganoff, CSP, Esq.
Certified Safety Professional

Denver, CO
All States USA
phone: 303-330-4616
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Rocky Mountain Safety Consulting, Inc. (RMSC), formulates effective and workable Safety Solutions tailored to unique business operations. A well-functioning, self-sustaining safety program avoiding incidents eliminates project slowdown, costly damage to equipment, tough questions from clients, and, most importantly, injury to employees. RMSC provides services to the construction, manufacturing, mining, and oil and gas industries.

RMSC Services:
  • Safety Programs - Draft and implement safety programs followed by training of crews and management. JSA's and JHA's, weekly safety talks focused on work tasks
  • EHS Programs - Develop and implement safety audit programs complying with OSHA and MSHA standards
  • Field Auditing - Create and implement field safety audit systems, tracking deficiencies, and correction timelines and accountability. Jobs Safety Analysis implementation
Greg Gerganoff OSHA Safety Expert PhotoPrincipal, Greg Gerganoff, ASP, CSP, Esq., is an OSHA / MSHA Safety field and compliance expert in the fields of heavy construction, oil and gas, mining, pipeline, power plant outages, light rail construction, public schools, manufacturing, and trenching and excavation.

As OSHA and MSHA are not mere “guidelines to safety” but federal laws enforceable in administrate hearings and federal courts, Mr. Gerganoff's 12 years of experience as a Licensed Attorney, and additional 17 years as a safety professional, make him uniquely qualified to research and interpret OSHA regulatory laws (29 CFR 1910 & 1926) and MSHA (30 CFR Part 46). He maintains his license to practice law in the state of Colorado.

Safety Training includes but not limited to:
  • PEC SafeLand Core and Basic
  • OSHA 10 & 30 Hour Outreach Trainer Gen Industry
  • H2S Training (in accord with ANSI Z390.1-2006)
  • MSHA New Miner (Surface Metal and Nonmetal)
  • Aerial / Man Lift Operator Training
  • Power Tool Safety and Inspection
  • Hazard Communication
  • Lockout / Tagout
  • Confined Space
  • Trench and Excavation
  • Fork Lift Operator Training / Lifting
  • Fall Protection
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    10/17/2017 · Expert Witnessing
    The employ of expert witnesses in litigation is typically undertaken to help the decider of fact (judge or jury) decipher an area of specialized knowledge which is key to the case. The expert report serves the primary purpose of "educating" deciders of fact on topics not commonly known to the general public. However, a noncomplying expert report can wreak havoc on a case, increase costs or worse, have the expert's testimony precluded in whole or part from use at trial. This of course is contrary to the purpose of retaining an expert in the first place. Understanding the parameters of compliance (C.R.C.P. 26 (a) (2) (B) (I)) and how sanctions for non-compliance (C.R.C.P. 37 (c) (1)) may be applied is important not only for legal counsel but the expert as well under the 2015 rule updates and the recent Colorado Supreme Court case, Catholic Health Initiatives Colorado v. Earl Swensson Associates, Inc.

    10/26/2016 · Construction
    During a recent conversation with a friend who had purchased a small construction company he mentioned in passing that one of his employees had injured his ankle on the job but didn't report it to his work comp carrier as it was a minor incident, no days off work, didn't want his rates to go up, why bother. All is good. Right?

    8/18/2016 · OSHA
    Electricity is a vital source of energy in our daily lives. It powers tools, provides light and heat. Our working lives are much improved and efficiency greatly increased thanks to electricity. But what about those situations where power from the grid is unavailable. Well, portable generators are an excellent tool for such a scenario.

    6/24/2016 · OSHA
    Safety culture is a term frequently bandied about in today's business world and sounds as trendy as "mission statements" were years ago. (Let's not forget "best in class". First time I heard this at a company meeting I looked around to make sure I hadn't mistakenly wandered into a dog show. Really?)

    Use fall protection; Use trench boxes when excavating; Lock out Tag Out any time repair or maintenance of equipment involving stored energy is performed; Slips, Trips and Falls are one of the most expensive types of injury. For my sixteen years in safety these safety hazards were always in the forefront of safety concerns for businesses and safety professionals. Guess what? Work related road way crashes is the number one serious/fatal injury cause for U.S. workers. OSHA recognizes this. CDC/NIOSH has generated a white paper studying this fact. Who knew? So here is some info on this number one safety hazard in the US work place.

    4/11/2016 · OSHA
    In the safety world hazard recognition plays a vital role in keeping your people safe from unsafe behaviors and/or conditions. Some hazards are easily recognized, for example an employee climbing up a 20 foot ladder with tools held in both hands. (This is a fall hazard by the way.) Common sense right? The safety guy who taught me safety had a great response to this attitude, "Few people have any sense (read knowledge) in common (read shared alike)". So while some safety hazards are immediately recognizable others require training to spot and avoid. Training is a key method in avoiding the "Ostrich Zone". One such hazard is Hydrogen Sulfide. You don't want to bury your head facing this hazard. (Won't do much good anyway, Hydrogen Sulfide is heavier then air!)

    3/7/2016 · OSHA
    "If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.", so said Laurence J. Peter, a professor at the University of Southern California whose works touched the business world. (He is well known for the "Peter Principal".) Peter's above quote essentially points out that action lacking a clear objective will likely lead to unwanted or unintended consequences.

    2/19/2016 · OSHA
    Hazard recognition plays a vital role in keeping employees safe. Some hazards are easily recognized, for example an employee climbing up a 20-ft ladder while holding tools in both hands is an obvious fall hazard. While some safety hazards are immediately recognizable, others require training to spot and avoid. One such hazard is hydrogen sulfide (H2S). Training is a key method to avoid the "ostrich zone." You do not want to bury your head when facing this hazard.

    1/29/2016 · OSHA
    When personal injury events occur legal negligence actions may arise. Common law negligence is established by plaintiff showing defendant owed plaintiff a legal duty, to conform to a standard of care, defendant breached that duty, plaintiff suffered injury and there is a causal relationship between the breach and injury. FN 1 But what sources of standard of care proofs are available? How does a litigant go about proving standard of care?

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    Dr. J. Rasty, PE, MBA
    President & CEO
    1500 Broadway, Ste. 503
    Lubbock TX 79401
    USA
    phone: Cell:806-773-7787 or Ofc: 806-368-9811
    fax: 214-614-4955
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    Since 1988, Real-World Forensic Engineering, LLC ("RWFE") has provided engineering services to industries and government labs, as well as litigation support to both plaintiff and defense attorneys practicing in many areas.

    RWFE Expertise Includes:

    Components & Machinery
    Metallurgy & Corrosion
    Dynamics of Impact & Collisions
    Friction Analysis / Slips, Trips and Falls
    Intellectual Property & Patent Review
    Accident Reconstruction / Animation
    Computer Aided Design
    Education & Training
    Electrocution & Switch Malfunction
    Grounding & Lightning Protection
    Lightning Impulse Testing
    Products and Premises Liability & Safety
    High-Voltage & Current Power Systems
    Bridge Design and Safety
    Fire & Explosion Cause and Origin
    And Much More...


    At RWFE, we proudly distinguish ourselves by our Four C's:

    CREDENTIALS. COMPETENCE. CREDIBILITY. COMMUNICATION.

    Credentials:B.S., M.S., M.Eng., M.B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. Degreed
    Licensed Professional Engineers in Mechanical, Electrical, and Civil Engineering
    Tenured University Professors and Professionals
    NAFI Certified Fire and Explosion Investigators (CFEI)
    Licensed Master Electricians
    Competence:Over 80 Combined Years of Experience in Engineering R&D, Industry, Academia, Consulting, and Expert Witness Litigation Support
    Over 120 Combined Deposition and Court Testimonies
    Credibility:Internationally Recognized in Our Areas of Expertise
    More Than $19 Million in Peer-reviewed and Funded Research Grants
    Over 200 Combined Scientific Publications and Journal Articles
    Communication:Over 20 Different Undergraduate and Graduate-level University Courses
    Over 30 Invited Short Courses, Talks, and Lectures

    Design Evaluation – Accident Investigation – Intellectual Property
    Failure Analysis – Fire Cause & Origin – Component Testing
    Computer Aided Drafting – Accident Animation
    Expert Witness & Litigation Support

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    R. Kevin Smith. P.E.
    President
    1539 Chalone Ct.
    Crown Point IN 46307
    USA
    phone: 219-226-9510 (Office)708-790-1938 (Cell)
    fax: 708-755-1580 (Lab Office)
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    R. Kevin Smith PE, BSME, MMAE, has been a specialist in Engineering Forensic Safety and Design for 35 years. He has consulted on over a 1,000 matters nationwide.

    Mr. Smith is a registered professional engineer and holds a BSME and MMAE from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He specializes in Material Handling Equipment Safety, including lift trucks, dock safety, truck loading, conveyors, and aerial work platform safety.

    Mr. has been actively involved as a member of the committee that writes the Safety Standard for Low Lift and High Lift Trucks (ASME/ANSI B56.1) for over 30 years. He also serves on the B56.6 committee (rough terrain lift trucks) and the ANSI A92.5 and A92.6 subcommittees (self-propelled elevating work platforms).

    Litigation Support - Mr. Smith formerly worked for Triodyne, Inc. for over 15 years as a forensic engineer/principal engineer. As President of R. K. Smith Engineering Inc., he currently has a laboratory for examination and testing, and owns or has access to varied testing equipment and tools.

    Kevin Smith has testified at depositions and trials on several hundred matters. He has performed hundreds of investigations into product failures involving injury and property damage, and has reconstructed numerous accidents. His expertise is available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. Mr. Smith also is on the Adjunct Math faculty at Prairie State College.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Forklift Trucks
    • Aerial Work Platform Lifts
    • Product Testing
    • Material Handling / Lifting / Rigging Equipment
    • Accident Reconstruction
    • Machine Guarding
    • Safeguarding
    • Warnings
  • Agricultural and Construction Equipment
  • Skid Steer Loaders
  • Stability Testing
  • Loading Dock Safety
  • Consumer Products / Testing
  • OSHA Citations
  • Codes & Standards
  • Standard of Care in Design
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    D. Larry Dunville
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    AZ, MI USA
    phone: 574-210-8612
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    Overhead Crane Consults, LLC, is an overhead crane consulting company. Although they do not build cranes or have any affiliation with crane builders, they help level the playing field between an inexperienced buyer and a very experienced seller.

    Overhead Crane Consults has extensive experience with Overhead Bridge Cranes, Gantry Cranes, Jib Cranes, Hoists, Monorails, and Crane Runway Systems.

    Services Include:
    • Custom Crane Specification Writing
    • Custom Crane Safety Programs
    • Expert Witness Services
    Dennis Dunville Overhead Crane Expert PhotoD. Larry Dunville has over 35 years of Overhead Crane experience. Mr. Dunville has built, installed, engineered, estimated, sold and serviced overhead bridge cranes. He has sat on the industry committees that wrote the crane specs for the steel industry, written articles, and taught professional architects and engineers about the special requirements to be aware of when designing buildings that will house overhead cranes.

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    In the early 90's, Mr. Dunville lead the effort to become one of the first cranes builders in the US to attain ISO9001 certification, which lead directly to Dearborn Crane and Engineering winning the Indiana Governor's Quest For Excellence Award and the Indiana University Kelly School of Business Growth 100 two consecutive years.

    Business Experience - Mr. Dunville served as the Owner/President of Dearborn Crane & Engineering Co., a builder and installer of overhead cranes and crane runway systems, from 1975-2012. He was also the former Owner/President of Xcel Computer Systems, a CAD/CAM systems integrator. Mr. Dunville is currently the Owner/President of Digital Industrial Marketing, LLC (2014 to present) and Overhead Crane Consulting, LLC (2016 to present).

    Dennis Dunville is a regular public speaker for training sessions to professional and trade groups. He taught the overhead crane portion of the OSHA 10 & 30 hour course for Northern Indiana NIOSHA office and overhead crane design classes to dozens of architect, engineer, and contracting firms. Mr. Dunville is a member of the AISE/AIST committee's #6 & #13 that wrote the overhead crane specs and the specs for metal buildings with cranes, for the US Steel industry and currently publishes crane installation, crane safety, and crane control articles for industry trade journals.

    Overhead Crane Arizona Office
    3606 N. Larrea Lane
    Tuscon, AZ 85750

    Telephone: 574-210-8612
    Overhead Crane Michigan Office
    12666 Highland Shore Drive
    Sawyer, MI 49125
    Telephone: 574-210-8612


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    6/15/2016 · Construction
    You have a shiny new building with a shiny new crane and everything looks great. For some reason, though, the crane won't clear the building columns, even though the contractor and the crane manufacturer are saying everything is to spec and it's not their problem. Common sense says somebody is wrong and that somebody should have to pay (because it's going to cost a bundle).

    5/10/2016 · Construction
    It is absolutely critical in the evaluation of a legal case involving cranes, to determine what type crane is involved. The word "Crane" is a generic term that covers virtually anything that lifts with a hook, but each crane type is a whole different industry with different industry associations (which compile the industry product specifications), different governing specification and different OSHA requirements. As a matter of fact, some cranes don't even have hooks!

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    Jack Young, ASA—MTS/ARM, CPA
    President, CEO
    902 Hemenway Street
    Winters CA 95694
    USA
    phone: 530-795-5536
    fax: 866-421-1108
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    NorCal Valuation Inc. provides comprehensive USPAP Machinery and Equipment Appraisal Reports for attorneys, law firms, CPA firms, corporations, and business valuation professionals. Their equipment appraisal reports are structured to the scope of specific projects. They provide independent and unbiased services with the highest level of responsiveness to particular equipment and business asset valuation needs.

    Services Include:
    • Equipment Appraisal Reports
    • Collateral Verification and Inspection
  • Cost Segregation Analysis
  • Expert Witness Services
  • Jack Young Valuation Expert PhotoPrincipal, Jack Young, ASA, CPA, is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) of the American Society of Appraisers specializing in Machinery and Equipment Appraisals and Appraisal Review (ARM/MTS). He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Mr. Young has also been awarded a Master Personal Property Appraiser (MPPA) designation from the National Auctioneers Association. He has thousands of hours experience as an Equipment Appraiser and is an active member of the Northern California Chapter of the ASA, where he serves as Past Chapter President.

    Mr. Young's certified USPAP equipment appraisals are used for property tax appeals, California Section 2000, due diligence, business combinations & disputes, insurance documentation, and family matters such as estates for a deceased or a divorce. He performs Certified / Qualified Equipment Appraisals for industries such as farming and ranching, wineries, heavy equipment, construction, trucking, manufacturing, food service, food processing, golf courses, recreational facilities, printing, mining, and aggregate in Northern California and Western Nevada

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    Compiling a list of equipment lost in a fire can be difficult and demanding. We can provide some guidance and tips to help

    We recently conducted a Cost Segregation Study for an industrial property in California's Central Valley. Of the $8.2 million purchase price, the real estate appraisal allocated over $6.4 million of the purchase price to the building with an IRS depreciable life of 39 years and the rest to land (not depreciable).

    While gauging competency in appraisal review is similar to using a limit gauge in order to determine whether a part is within prescribed limits of tolerance, it's not, of course, that simple. An appraiser's competency depends on a number of factors, ranging from experience with the equipment and its market to the intended use of the appraisal and the analytical method best used to value the equipment.

    What would you think if I told you that the value of wine tanks increases annually? That the longer you use them the more they're worth? You'd think I was out of my mind! It just doesn't sound reasonable, does it? How can it be possible that the value of equipment as standard as wine tanks goes up annually? And yet, because of the way that wine tanks are assessed in California, the assessment value for ad valorem taxes often does increase annually whether the value of the tanks actually increases or not. Considering that wine tanks often make up a large portion of a winery's fixed asset value, this unreasonable alleged increase in value can create an expensive problem.

    8/25/2017 · Machinery
    Earlier this year, an Arkansas trucking company became the latest to file a complaint against Navistar in federal court, arising out of the now familiar refrain that Navistar knew its 2010-2013 MaxxForce 11,13, and 15 Advanced EGR diesel engines were defectively designed and would prematurely fail, causing damage to the trucks and economic harm to the trucks' owners and lessees, as well as severely diminishing the value of the affected vehicles.

    Appraisers frequently refer to what they do as an "art." And in fact, the word "art" features prominently in the title of a book on appraisal review published by a major appraisal organization. But the practice of referring to appraisals and appraisal review as an "art" can be problematic, especially when we're providing appraisals to the legal community.

    Several years ago while serving as equipment appraisal expert witness for the Ophir Fire, I discovered the Wildland Fire Litigation Conference and put it on my appraisal bucket list. Just this year, my schedule finally allowed me to attend the conference. In the intervening years, I've done many equipment appraisals related to insurance loss claims, a number of them for fire loss claims (see below), so I felt prepared. Although the conference is mostly attended by attorneys, a fair number of other experts also attended: mostly in fire science such as cause of action analysis, ignition theory and burn patterns; several vegetation experts representing areas such as noxious weed analysis; and a handful of real property appraisers along with me, the lone equipment appraiser.

    Big changes are happening in California agriculture! As farmers convert massive amounts of acreage to orchards and vineyards, abandoning annual crops like tomatoes and rice, farming equipment is changing as well. As one would expect, orchard and vineyard crops use entirely different machinery types, especially for harvesting. This is an interesting transition for appraisers of agricultural equipment because orchard and vineyard equipment is mostly traded at the private party level and rarely at the dealer level, the exact opposite of more standardized traditional agricultural equipment. Orchard and vineyard equipment appraisal, therefore, is often more about who you know than what price indexes and public source materials you can access.

    Appraising inventory is generally one of my least favorite assignments; in the case of fire loss, however, even a static inventory can become more interesting, if only because of its absence. Combined with an absence of appropriate record keeping, the process of valuing the lost stock takes us into a level of detective work that can be both frustrating and rewarding.

    How do we appraise equipment that's been destroyed or stolen? Of course we hope for good records - photos, equipment lists, maintenance records - but rarely are those available. Often whatever records might have existed have been lost in the same fire that destroyed the equipment. In most of the fire cases we've been called into, the underlying problem can be that either that the insurance company doesn't agree with the loss value submitted by the claimant or that nobody can confirm what has actually been lost.

    Equipment appraisers often claim expertise in particular markets. And we do often become experts through our experience in valuing a particular industry throughout the years. In many situations, however, it's more important to be an equipment appraisal expert than an industry expert! An expert equipment appraiser knows how to research the processes and equipment lines of a specialty industry, is able to locate and interview dealers and other experts in that field, and understands how to calculate values for specialty equipment that often does not have a viable market for used equipment sales. An expert equipment appraiser is an expert in USPAP compliance, producing a well-written report in compliance with the research standards of USPAP.

    Considering an ad valorem tax appeal for your business? Business owners who provide independent equipment values researched by experienced, qualified equipment appraisers are more successful in their tax appeal. Whether negotiating assessed values with the county property appraiser or in a value adjustment board hearing, a taxpayer who's prepared with a USPAP equipment appraisal review has a better chance of having their assessed values reduced.

    Several equipment appraisal report clients have recently asked me to include information on California's on-going drought conditions and how current and continuing conditions might affect the value of the equipment appraised.

    2/1/2016 · Machinery
    Sharing a machinery and equipment appraiser in a legal conflict is one of the more practical methods of reducing costs and discord. While the concept of shared experts is not new to legal proceedings concerning issues like mergers and collateral lending, I've been encouraged to see this refreshing trend gain momentum in family law cases as well.

    A previous post introduced the 3 Rules of Appraisal Review, and in a perfect world, the equipment appraisal report you're basing financial decisions on would always meet these 3 basic rules.

    Appraisal review raises the bar on appraisal reports by providing professional, expert review of the appraiser's qualifications, how well the report aligns with standards of appraisal practice, and whether or not the appraisal report itself makes logical sense to a trained professional. Failure of an appraisal report to meet any of these three qualifications indicates that the report under review cannot be depended upon.

    Reconciliation is the final process for the equipment appraiser when more than one approach to value is used in an equipment. valuation. That process involves reconciling the values from the separate approaches and resolving, if necessary, any differences in order to arrive at a final opinion of value. The question here is: "Why in the world would an appraiser use more than one approach to value?"

    Let's say you're getting an equipment appraisal on your metalworking facility, your food processing plant, or a manufacturing facility, restaurant, or trucking company. When you think about how an equipment appraiser might research the values for your fleet vehicles, your kitchen equipment and dining room furniture, or for your CNC machines, drills, presses, etc., you probably assume the sales comparison approach. And in most cases, you might be right. But don't forget: Uniform Standards of Professional Practice (USPAP) recognizes three distinct valuation methodologies and it's important to consider all three before determining the correct approach for a particular appraisal. These three appraisal methodologies, or approaches to value, are Sales Comparison Approach, Cost Approach, and Income Approach.

    This case study deals with some of the practical considerations surrounding the accounting for the acquisition of a closely-held integrated dairy products operation and the subsequent disposal of a portion of the acquired assets. Specifically use and oversight of appraisers for determining fair value amounts necessary for acquisition accounting is examined. Additionally, the accounting implications of the subsequent disposal of assets are considered in light of the initial acquisition accounting.

    When clients call our office asking for an equipment appraisal review, I've found it's important to ask them the purpose of the appraisal review. That quickly opens up the discussion about what an equipment appraisal review is and is not. And believe me, not everyone understands the difference between an appraisal (a quantitative analysis) and an appraisal review (a qualitative analysis). Some think they are going to get an opinion of value to compare to the equipment appraisal they've requested a review of or whether I think the equipment values in the report are "right." That, however, isn't what an appraisal review is really about.

    5/22/2015 · Machinery
    I spent last week back east visiting my uncle and cousins at the Young family farm, where my uncle, who grew up there, now raises goats, grains and vegetables and boards horses on the property. My grandfather (Pappy) wasn't raised on a farm, but as a young man he built an old style dairy farm - a farm that not only made a living but fed his family as well. The dairy farm wasn't limited to milking cows; this family farm, like so many in that era, raised pigs, chickens, horses and grew corn, oats, rye; had a full vegetable garden as well as pasture land, an orchard and berry patch.

    4/30/2015 · Machinery
    Every machinery and equipment appraiser is most likely familiar with the phone call - "I've got some equipment that I need to have appraised. How much will it cost?"

    While equipment appraisals frequently rely on the Sales Comparison approach, researching an opinion of value takes an interesting turn when we appraise items for which there is not an active market. When a piece of specialized equipment cannot be compared to an item of similar utility, we can find a value by using the Cost Approach, known in machinery and equipment circles as "Trend and Bend."

    The concept of absorption is used relatively often in real estate appraisals and the same concept, known as "blockage," is well-documented in the art valuation world, particularly in tax-related appraisals.

    Retail propane companies may need their equipment appraised for collateral lending situations, buy-sell agreements, family law, estate tax or several other situations. Whatever the reason, when appraising retail propane equipment, it's important for an equipment appraiser to understand the overall retail propane industry as well as how the basic equipment - trucks and trailers, customer tanks, and large volume storage tanks - fits into the big picture.

    An appraisal review is a good choice whenever you feel uneasy about the qualifications of the equipment appraiser or confused about the methodology used in an equipment appraisal report. This could be a report you originally contracted for - or it could be an equipment appraisal report you've received from another party.

    Next time you walk into a grocery store, take a moment to appreciate all the equipment on the sales floor –– from the cantilevered gondola shelves to the automated checkout stands, the food bar, water dispensing machine, and of course, all the refrigerated display cases: enclosed freezers, reach-in refrigerated cases, the open topped freezer boxes that hold fish sticks and frozen chickens, the deli cases … and the equipment you don't see: the walk-in coolers and freezers and the refrigeration compression system that most grocery store visitors never see.

    8/25/2014 · Machinery
    In 1998, reacting to California's overall poor air quality, the federal government threatened to cut off or reduce the state's allocation of federal highway funds as allowed through the US Federal Clean Air Act, which, overhauled with the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, mandates that every state meet the National Ambient Air Quality standards. In response, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in September 2000, adopted the Diesel Risk Re duction Plan (Diesel RRP or Plan). RRP recommends many control measures to reduce risks associated with diesel particulate matter (PM) and achieve a goal of 75 percent PM reduction by 2010 and 85 percent by 2020. These CARB regulations may be a harb inger of national change as many other states, also out of compliance with the Federal Clean Air Act, are poised to adopt similar diesel emission rules.

    RN's Beverly McFarland and her associate, Kevin Whelan of The Beverly Group, Inc., recently gave a presentation in San Francisco to the Northern California Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers ("ASA") on "Challenges of Appraising Special Assets". The emphasis was on the appraisal of assets in chapter 11 bankruptcies and receiverships and the differences between the two entities and how they are administered. Through the new acquaintances that we met that evening, we discovered some fascinating appraisals that members of the ASA have completed that we would like to share with Receivership News readers.

    6/10/2014 · Equipment Leasing
    As pointed out in the previous Leased Equipment post, today's equipment lessor must be more knowledgeable than ever before about the value of leased equipment: Many leasing decisions, from the initial transaction pricing through the ultimate disposition of the equipment, are based on the value of the underlying asset. In addition, it's critical to have an accurate projection of residual values.

    Over the years, I've done a number of valuations on leased equipment for various reasons. It's almost aways the case that the folks who are leasing the equipment and the folks who own it don't agree on what the value of the equipment is or even what the premise of value should be for the equipment being appraised. Most equipment appraisers would probably agree that valuing leased equipment is more straightforward if the contract specifies a premise of value, but we know we can't count on that. What we can count on is that equipment lessors will continue to need their equipment appraised. This post is really for them. And I want to thank Bob Podwalny, again, for the generous contribution of his knowledge and experience in this area.

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    C. Kendall Clarke, MS, PhD, PE
    1146A LeRoy Stevens Rd.
    Mobile AL 36695
    USA
    phone: 251-639-3433
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    Metallurgical Consulting is a consulting engineering firm located in Mobile, Alabama. Started in 1977, the company has offered consulting services to a wide range of industrial and manufacture ring companies in need of Equipment Failure Prevention. Projects range from routine Failure Analyses of small components to large projects involving extensive analysis and testing.

    Metallurgical Consulting specializes in:
    • Fracture Mechanics
    • Failure Analysis
    • Metallurgy and Materials
  • Corrosion
  • Welding
  • Fitness for Service Evaluations
  • Laboratory Facilities - Facilities for examination and testing are housed in a 4000 square foot office and laboratory. Microscopes are available. Saws and other specimen preparation equipment handle a wide range of specimens in size and material. Full scale testing equipment includes a hydraulic rams, load cells, and multichannel high speed data acquisition instrumentation.

    C Kendall Clarke Expert PhotoPrincipal, C. Kendall Clarke, MS, PhD, PE, has 40 over years of experience as a degreed and registered professional engineer in the field of Metallurgy and Material Science. He offers expertise specifically in the areas of metallurgy, fracture mechanics, corrosion, and welding.

    Dr. Clarke has expertise estimating failure stresses from fractures to produce an engineering root cause failure analysis. Examples include a cruise ship breakaway, exhaust stack cracking, aircraft fuselage fatigue, and pressure vessel explosions.

    Dr. Clarke has industrial experience in ship building, chemical plants, paper mills, and manufacturing. He is published in the Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention, among others. He is an active member in the Alabama and National Societies for Professional Engineers, the National Association Corrosion Engineers, and American Society for Testing and Materials, and the Society of Automotive Engineers.

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    David K. Merrifield, CSP
    4515 Stonecrest Terrace
    St. Joseph MO 64506
    USA
    phone: 816-364-1540
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    Merrifield Safety Consulting offers Safety Management and Risk Management services to manufacturers, owners, and users of machinery. Their concentration is on safe design, safe use, warnings, instructions, risk management, and defending the product.

    Merrifield Safety Consulting has extensive experience in:
    • ANSI and OSHA Standards
    • Safety Training
    • Developing National and International Standards
    • Participating in Personal Injury Litigation
    • Participating in Products Liability Litigation
    • Developing and Implementing Safety Systems
    • Production of Safe Designs
    • Production of Warnings, Instructions, and Manuals
    • Managing Product Recalls and Safety Bulletins
    Principal, David K. Merrifield, CSP, has over 40 years of experience in Manufacturing and Manufacturing Management. A Certified Safety Professional, he has 23 years of experience in Safety Management, Risk Management, and Litigation.

    Mr. Merrifield is knowledgeable in a broad range of construction, industrial and maintenance tools, machinery, and equipment. He has served as Chairman of the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) A92 main committee for Aerial Work Platforms and Chairman of ANSI Z535.6 Safety messages in collateral materials.

    Mr. Merrifield has authored papers, delivered lectures, and presented at trade shows. Paper and presentation topics have included Safe Scissor Lift Operation, Fall Protection Puzzles, and Aerial Work Platforms.

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    Robert A. McNeese
    Conveyor Consultant
    ALL STATES USA
    phone: 228-623-5131
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    Robert A. (Bob) McNeese is a Professional Conveyor S.M.E. Subject Mater Expert with close to 40 years of conveyor system experience in most every aspect of conveying systems. Mr. McNeese offers his services to the conveying industry to enhance operations, maintenance, and overall safety performance as well as providing 3rd party factually based non- partial overviews and opinions to legal counsel as an expert witness for the purpose of fair litigation.

    Consulting - Bob McNeese has worked to improve efficiency and safety with companies such as Chevron, Southern Company, International paper, DuPont, and various shipping bulk terminals. He offers his unique services to alert customers to the ever changing OSHA, MSHA, ASME, regulations surrounding industrial conveying equipment. Several delivery methods are available to insure the new information and changes are introduced to the jobsite at the core of the workforce (site safety audits, safety topics, banners, labels, safety seminars)

    Litigation Support - Mr. McNeese is an expert in all industrial areas of Conveyors and Bulk Handling Systems. He provides expert witness services to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant. Mr. McNeese provides expertise on issues concerning industrial conveyor system accidents and safety concerns as a result of manufacturing, installation, operation, or maintenance.

    Specific Areas of Expertise:
    • Refineries
    • Port Facilities
    • Storage Transfer Facilities
    • Power Plants
    • Mines
    • Chemical Plants
    • Grain Elevators
    • Fertilizer Plants
    • Paper Mills
    • Food Processing
    • Coal Handling
    • Cement
    • Pet Coke
  • Wood Chips
  • Iron Ore
  • Lignite
  • Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Salt
  • Plastics
  • Grain
  • Fertilizer
  • Aggregate
  • Tire Shredding
  • Waste
  • Various Dry Chemicals
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    Brian Huber
    8595 Columbus Pike, #222
    Lewis Center OH 43035
    USA
    phone: 740-816-9178
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    Machine Safety Specialists, LLC, has over 60 years of experience helping companies overcome Machine Guarding and Plant Safety obstacles. Working with OSHA since 1977, they have a strong background in machine controls, instrumentation, and training.

    Services Include:
    • Develop a Comprehensive Risk Assessment Program
    • Identify Machine Safety Problems with Photographs and Videotapes
    • Build a Control Reliable System that Reduces Downtime
    • Easy to Understand Specific Machine Guarding Reports
    • Customized Machine Safety Training
    • Efficient Design Safety Systems
    Principal, Brian Huber is a Machine Safety Expert with over 20 years of experience designing control reliable systems and risk assessment programs. He has attended OSHA Machine Guarding Schools 204 and 204A, OSHA Electrical Safety School 309A, OSHA 501, and the ASSE Workshops for ASP certification, NPFA 79 and 70E.

    A member of ASSE, Mr. Huber has been authorized by OSHA to conduct General Industry 10 and 30 Hour Training and has also been certified as a PMMI trainer. He has trained hundreds of industrial customers in the US, Germany, and Japan.

    Mr. Huber's expertise with machine guarding products has been recognized by major manufacturers of machine guarding products and he has advised on new product development and applications. Since 1996, he has been deeply involved in machine safety and has consulted with many companies to improve their machine safety programs.

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    Frank J. Loeffler Jr.
    P.E.
    20511 Highland Lake Drive
    Lago Vista TX 78645
    USA
    phone: 512-267-8700
    fax: 512-267-2547
    Design and Forensic Engineering for Conveyors and Bulk Materials Handling Systems, We specialize in the design of materials handling systems and conveyors of various types including: belt, roller, slider, overland, pipe, steep angle, screw, drag, bucket elevators and pneumatic. We also design the specialty mobile machines, (track, rail, and wheel mounted) such as: stackers, reclaimers, snow loaders, mobile screening plants, self-unloading trains, self-unloading ships, ship unloaders and shiploaders. Our clients are both Plaintiffs and Defendants.

    Some of the standards considered are: Belt Conveyor Manufacturers Association – CEMA, Safety Standard for Conveyors ASME B20.1,OSHA & MSHA

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Conveyor Fires and Explosions
    • Conveyor Guarding
    • Conveyor Injuries
    • Conveyor Product Liability
    • Restraint of Trade
    • Patent Infringement
    • Real Estate Asset Appraisal Conveyor Systems
    • Antitrust
    8/24/2011 · Mining
    BELT CONVEYORS ARE BEING USED TO HANDLE TOP SOIL, overburden and ore within many of today's strip mines. In addition, belt systems are being used more frequently in connecting the pit limits to the process point or rail loading area.

    7/6/2011 · Mining
    This paper discusses how bed blending systems can be applied to the utilization of fossil fuels. The subjects of quality control and available stacking and reclaiming equipment are also explored along with a case history of bed blending at Utah International Corporation's Navajo Mine.

    2/6/2010 · Conveyor Belts
    For more than 100 years the troughed belt conveyor has been used to transport bulk materials. Its success has been attributed to its relatively low capital cost, high degree of reliability and availability, and low operating and maintenance costs. The only significant problems with conventional conveyors have occurred at transfer points when

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    James M. Miller, PE, PhD
    Founder
    2392 Fuller Court
    Ann Arbor MI 48105
    USA
    phone: 734-662-6822
    fax: 734-747-9712
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    The experts at Miller Engineering are Ann Arbor based professional engineers celebrating 35 years of service to University, Government, Insurance, and Industry through research, publications, presentations, and testimony. Miller Engineering has a staff of engineers and experts in the Mechanical, Chemical, Agriculture, Industrial, and Human Factors fields of engineering with specific knowledge in the following areas:

    Vehicles
    • Car/Truck Accident Reconstruction
    • Crash Data Retrieval (CDR)
    • Visibility & Reaction Time Analysis
    • Tires, Trailers, Brakes & Accelerators
    • Truck/Off Road Vehicle Egress/Ingress
    • Traffic Signing and Construction Zones
    Mechanical & Electrical Safety
    • Product Safety & Analysis
    • Machinery - Metal, Wood, Plastic Molding
    • Machine Guarding & Safety, Robots, Automation
    • Hazard and Risk Analysis
    • Employee Safety Procedures – OSHA
    • Electrical Distribution & Transmission Hazards
    Warnings & Instructions
    • Warning Labels & User Manual Design
    • Hazard Analysis & Product Label Designs
    • Medical Device & Drug Warnings & Instructions
    • Inadequate Warnings Analysis
    • Standard Compliance (ANSI Z535)
    • Product Recall Information & Strategies
    Chemicals Safety & Labeling
    • NEW OSHA HAZCOM (2012) & GHS Review
    • MSDS, SDS and Product Label Compliance
    • Toxic Torts - Diacetyl, Asbestos, Benzene, Lead, Carbon Monoxide
    Chemical Exposures & Workplace Safety
    • Chemical Inhalation, Ingestion, Dermal Contact
    • Contamination - Water & Environmental
    • Manufacturing & Process Line Accidents
    • Slips, Trips, Falls, & Entanglements
    Fires & Explosions
    • Cause & Origin Investigations
    • Gas, Vapor, & Electrical
    Agriculture
    • Tractor & Equipment Accidents
    • Chemical Applications & Exposures
    • Crop Storage & Harvesting Accidents
    • Pesticides
    Construction
    • Vehicle Visibility Accidents
    • Slip, Trip, & Fall Accidents
    • Power Tool Repetitive & Immediate Injuries
    • Scaffolding - Cranes - Hoisting - Fork Lifts
    Consumers/Household Safety
    • Appliances & Tools
    • Child Furniture, Choking, Playgrounds
    • Swimming Pools & Exercise Equipment
    • Recreation - ATV, Boats, Bicycles, Boards
    • Ladder, Stair, Step and Railing Accidents
    • Slip, Trip, & Fall Accidents
    Insurance Subrogation & Forensics
    • Accident Investigations
    • Electrical & Fire Causation
    • Chemical Leakage Damage
    • Defective Equipment Injuries
    • Premise and Process Damages
    James Miller Mechanical Engineering Expert PhotoJames M. Miller, PE, PhD – Founder

    Dr. Miller is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Michigan College of Engineering and a registered professional engineer and consultant with over 35 years of experience as an expert witness. He specializes in warnings, labeling and instruction manuals, consumer product design, machine guarding, process safety, fire science, vehicle visibility, tractor egress/ingress, pedestrian and worker slip and fall prevention, recreational vehicles (ATVs, boats, and personal watercraft), compliance with occupational safety and consumer safety standards (OSHA, MSDS, CPSC, ANSI, ASTM, UL, etc.).


    Mark Lehto Engineering Expert PhotoMark R. Lehto, PhD – Co-Founder

    Dr. Lehto is a Professor of Engineering at Purdue University. He specializes in knowledge engineering, warnings and instructions, structuring expert systems, accident modeling, accident statistical analysis, consumer product safety, boating safety, in-field national surveys of product usage and product information effectiveness.






    Bradley Cook Mechanical Engineering Expert PhotoBradley T. Cook, PE – Managing Engineer

    Bradley is a registered professional engineer and consultant with extensive experience in accident reconstruction. He specializes in vehicular accident reconstruction and has investigated hundreds of vehicle accidents involving cars, trucks, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycles, etc. Bradley also has experience in product safety and hazard analysis; occupational safety and health (OSHA) compliance; pedestrian and worker slip and fall prevention; investigation and reconstruction of industrial and consumer product accidents. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Science in Engineering with a Biomedical concentration from Purdue University.
    Mark R. Lehto & Steven J. Landry
    Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics for Engineers, Second Edition presents and integrates important methods and tools used in the fields of Industrial Engineering, Human Factors and Ergonomics to design and improve jobs, tasks and products. It presents these topics with a practical, applied orientation suitable for engineering undergraduate students.
    Mark R. Lehto, Steven J. Landry & Jim Buck
    Emphasizing customer oriented design and operation, Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics for Engineers explores the behavioral, physical, and mathematical foundations of the discipline and how to apply them to improve the human, societal, and economic well being of systems and organizations.
    Mark R. Lehto & James M. Miller
    James M. Miller, Mark R. Lehto & J. Paul Frantz
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    R. Craig Jerner, PhD, PE
    Owner, President
    5514 Harbor Town
    Dallas TX 75287
    USA
    phone: 9729340493
    fax: 469-737-3938
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    J.E.I. Metallurgical, Inc., provides litigation support, expert witness services, pre-litigation accident investigation, and Metallurgical Failure Analysis services for industrial organizations, governmental agencies, and private individuals. The company offers the following services:
    • Metallurgical Failure Analysis
    • Oil Field Failure Analysis
    • Metallurgical Engineering
    • Corrosion and Material Failure Analysis
    • Industrial Equipment Failure Analysis
    • Keyence Digital Microscope
    • Welding and Weldment Failure Analysis
    • Digital Microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy
    R. Craig Jerner, PhD, PE, is a Metallurgical Engineer with over 45 years of experience. Dr. Jerner specializes in Accident Investigation and Metallurgical Failure Analysis. Dr. Jerner has conducted approximately 1,500 accident investigations and related metallurgical failure analysis involving analysis of design, materials and methods of manufacturing, maintenance, use and abuse of metal products and/or metal components of equipment and machinery.

    Dr. Jerner was a tenured professor in the School of Chemical Engineering and Material Science at the University of Oklahoma for 11 years. He served as Assistant Professor of Metallurgical Engineering, Associate Professor of Engineering, Associate Professor of Metallurgical Engineering, and Materials Science Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Dr. Jerner also taught practicing engineers at the Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education and Accident Investigation and Metallurgical Failure Analysis at the United States Department of Transportation, Transportation Safety Institute, and the US Coast Guard.

    Dr. Jerner is a noted author on topics within his field of expertise. He has been an invited speaker, delivering numerous seminars on Metallurgical issues throughout the United States and Canada.

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    Paul D. Terpstra, PE
    Wisconsin USA
    phone: 608-346-2392
    Innalytical Solutions, Inc. provides innovative, analytical solutions to engineering challenges. Founder, Paul D. Terpstra, PE, is a licensed Mechanical Engineer with over 30 years of experience in Mechanical Design, Programming, Electrical Design, and Troubleshooting of Automated Machinery. He has been granted six United States patents, three foreign patents, and has two additional US patent applications pending.

    Mr. Terpstra has had designs featured in Design News, Machine Design, Automotive News and Production magazines. He was a finalist for the "PACE" award for innovation in the automotive industry, and nominated for the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers' "New Product of the Year" award.

    Selected Experience:
    • Designed equipment used by major manufacturing companies such as Ford, GM, GE, Trane, Potter & Brumfield, Giddings & Lewis, Borg Warner, Caterpillar, Siemens, and Rolls Royce
    • Programmed PLCs, industrial robots, motion control systems, laser systems, and vision inspection systems
    • Investigated product failures, fires and explosion
    Consulting Services:
    • Engineering Design - Mechanical, Electro-Mechanical, Mechatronic
    • Machinery - Repair, Optimization, and Upgrades - specializing in unique, custom, and specialty machines; we also support machines that no longer have factory support, or with obsolete or unsupported components
    • Troubleshooting
    • Failure Analysis
    • Finite Element Analysis
    • Forensic Engineering
    • Project Management
    • Coaching
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    Edward E. Elson, MSME, MA MANGT
    President
    4356 E Claytor Circle
    Anaheim CA 92807
    USA
    phone: 714-974-1264
    fax: 714-974-0148
    Edward E. Elson has over 40 years of Engineering Experience including research and development, design, manufacturing and management activities in the Medical Device, Packaging, Toy, Consumer Product, and Aerospace Industries. He holds 30 U.S. Patents, 27 in the medical device field.

    EDUCATION:
    • Adobe Illustrator: North Orange County Regional Occupational Program
    • SolidWorks 3D Design: Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
    • Graphics Design: University of California, Irvine, C
    • MA Management Peter Drucker School of Management: Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA
    • MS Mechanical Engineering: (Bio-Medical Minor) University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
    • BS Mechanical Engineering (Deans List): Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
    ORGANIZATIONS:
    • Member, Society of Plastic Engineers
    • Institute of Packaging Professiona
    • Member and former Board Member, Forensic Expert Witness Association (Orange County, CA)
    • Former member of AAMI Standards Sub-Committees: Human Factors for Medical Devices, IV Catheters, Humidifiers & Nebulizers
    AREAS of EXPERTISE:
    • Product Design
    • Patent Infringement, Validity, Trade Marks
    • GMPS, Labeling, Packaging for Medical Devices
    • Syringes, Needles, Catheters
    • Thermal Heating, Thermal Cooling Devices
    • Laser / Thermal Hair Removal Devices
    • Dermal Abrasion Equipment
    • Costume Jewelry
    • Patient Transport Gurneys
    • Patient Walkers, Gait Trainers, Design, Labeling
    • Surgical Staplers
    • Surgical Fluid Warmers
    • External and Implanted Drug Delivery Devices, IV Pumps
  • Failure of Implanted Hip and Spinal Prosthesis
  • Performance and Failure of Pedicle Screws
  • Valuation of Prototypes
  • Valuation of Medical Devices, Equipment, Consumer Products
  • Labeling and Packaging
  • Chiropractic Devices
  • Dental Burr and Drill Failures
  • Defective Seating
  • Exercise Equipment, Pilates Devices
  • Injection Molded Plastic Components
  • Drug Container Packaging
  • Defibrillator Design Issues
  • Shipping Carton Integrity
  • Manufacturing and Assembly

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