Industrial Automation Experts

Barr Group's industrial controls experts provide failure analysis, design/safety reviews, and testimony for litigation relating to control systems and robotics for manufacturing and other industrial processes. Our experts combine industry experience as designers of electronic systems and software with the credentials and composure needed for courtroom success.

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Robotics and Factory Automation

Barr Group's industrial controls expert witnesses are highly qualified software engineers, electrical engineers, and mechanical engineers who are experienced in the design of robotics and factory automation equipment for a range of industries from food and pharmaceuticals production to fossil fuel and solar energy generation and distribution to automobile and electronics assembly lines. As professional designers of reliable and secure embedded systems, Barr Group is knowledgeable in IEC 61508 and other functional safety standards that apply to industrial controls and automation systems as well as the following technologies:

  • Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems
  • Programmable Logic Controls (PLCs) a/k/a "ladder logic"
  • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
  • Open Smart Grid Protocol (OGSP) and ISO/IEC 14908
  • IEC 61158 "Fieldbus" networks for real-time distributed control
  • DeviceNet and CANopen interoperability network software
  • Environmental monitoring and remote sensing technologies
  • Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) per IEC 61511 (ISA 84)
  • Machine Vision (MV) for automated process and quality control
  • Computer Numeric Control (CNC) and 3-D printing
  • ANSI/RIA R15.06 and other robotics safety considerations
  • Electrical interlocks, failsafes, and machine guarding

Barr Group's expert witnesses are familiar with all of the operating systems used in industrial controls, including real-time operating systems like VxWorks and QNX as well as Linux and Windows, and also the languages used to program these systems such as assembly, C/C++, and Labview. And we are just as comfortable with electronic circuit and mechanical design.

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Expert Witness Services

Barr Group's industrial controls experts support plaintiffs and defendants in litigation in U.S. District Courts, at the International Trade Commission (ITC), and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Our services include:

  • Technical assistance with drafting of discovery requests
  • Software source code review and analysis
  • Source code comparisons for copyright and trade secret theft
  • Analysis of electronics and related design documents
  • Review of mechanical designs and safety interlocks
  • Comparison to IEC 61508 and other functional safety standards
  • Prior art review for patent invalidity
  • Reverse engineering, including disassembly of binary code
  • Forensic analysis and malfunction reconstruction
  • Expert reports, declarations, and witness statements
  • Testimony at deposition, oral hearings, and trials

Barr Group has a demonstrated ability to quickly activate one or more code reviewers to match the size, scope, and complexity of any project. And our team includes licensed Professional Engineers (P.E.s).

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The following is a representative subset of Barr Group's experts who have experience designing and/or testifying about these technologies:

Industrial Controls

Internet Protocols and IoT Expert Profile

Software and systems engineer with several decades of hands-on experience in the design and implementation of complex embedded systems based on Linux, Windows, and real-time operating systems. Specialist in Internetconnected products such as consumer electronics and IoT devices using WiFi 802.11, GSM/LTE cellular, and other wireless and wired protocols. Also has experience with FPGAs and implementing M2M communications through the use of Microsoft .NET-based web services.

Autonomous Vehicle Navigation Expert Profile

Professor of electrical and computer engineering and robotics with more than a decade of industry experience developing embedded systems for guidance, communications, and data processing for spaceborne and terrestrial applications. Teaches classes and performs research in the areas of navigation, communications, and design of computer systems. Head of a robotics research laboratory that focuses on the integration of computer, communications, and navigation technologies for autonomous robot applications. Has specialized expertise in civilian and military navigation

Smart Grid Electrical Power Expert Profile

Professor of electrical and computer engineering with significant industry experience in telecom, aerospace/defense, security, and healthcare application domains. Director of a university program that supports NASA’s Johnson Space Center and co-director of a connected infrastructure program that prototypes smart grid, smart energy, smart transportation, and other smart city projects. Research relates to those and other topics that touch on embedded computing systems and communication and networking protocols. Has held executive and senior engineering positions

Battery Chemistry Expert Profile

Technology consultant with more than thirty years of experience in battery, materials, and control system technology and strong capabilities in all aspects of battery systems and energy storage. Former CEO and CTO with experience in start-up and established corporate environments alike. Demonstrated record of success in conceptualizing new products and leading development teams, establishing advanced manufacturing facilities, and applying fundamental new technologies for cost reduction. In addition, has assisted clients in analyzing catastrophic failure of complex battery

DVR Settop Onscreen Guide Expert Profile

Electrical engineer and embedded computing pioneer with over thirty years of experience designing electronics hardware and low-level software as well as more recent experience with mobile apps for Apple iOS platforms. Extensive experience in the design of data communications systems, including for DVR-capable satellite TV receivers and other set-top boxes. Experience with the software inside standards-based protocols ranges from detailed bit level knowledge of the MPEG transport protocol for video to the full TCP/IP Internet protocol stack. Holds a TS/SCI security clearance.

Electronic Casino Games Expert Profile

Founder and president of an independent regulatory-compliance testing laboratory with over thirty years of experience in the testing and evaluation of electronic devices including gaming systems. Proficient in a wide range of programming languages and operating systems. A frequent speaker and presenter at gaming industry trade shows and conferences who has also been qualified to testify as an expert witness of electronic gaming devices in a variety of venues.

Ultrasound Medical Imaging Expert Profile

Former assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and Oxford-educated materials scientist whose areas of specialized technical expertise include design of semiconductors and other electronics and sensors and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) as well as signal and image processing. Industry experience includes working for and consulting with multinationals such as General Electric, Medtronic, Fujifilm, Samsung, and Siemens on projects relating to medical devices, consumer electronics, biometric security, clean-tech, and electrical power delivery.

Electronics Source Code Review Expert Profile

<p>Computer engineer with over fifteen years of hands-on experience in all phases of product engineering including system architecture, electronics design, software design and code review, project management, testing, and manufacturing. Areas of specific technical expertise include FPGA and ASIC chip design involving hardware description languages, simulation, synthesis, and timing analysis; printed circuit board electronics design, verification, and debug; embedded software design; and system-level architecture and design.</p>

GPS and Navigation Systems Expert Profile

Experienced engineer and product manager who has been working with leading-edge navigation technologies for twenty-five years.

Microprocessor Design Expert Profile

Adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering with years of industry experience in the design of microprocessors for infotainment and multimedia systems, as well as wireless and GPS systems.

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Professor of electrical and computer engineering and robotics with more

Expert S425N

Electrical engineer and expert in battery and power electronics technology with special...

Expert H620K

Technology consultant with more than thirty years of experience in battery,

Expert W550N

Engineer with over thirty-five years of experience designing electronics and software for...

Expert F640L

Founder and president of an independent regulatory-compliance testing

Expert B620S

<p>Computer engineer with over fifteen years of hands-on experience in all phases of...

Expert B600R

Former adjunct professor of computer engineering with more than twenty-five years of experience...

Expert T512N

MIT-educated computer scientist experienced in analyzing, architecting, designing, developing...

Expert L000L

Over forty years of academic and engineering experience and twenty years of expert witness...

Expert G615N

Electrical engineer and independent consultant specializing in the design of microcontroller-...

Expert B420K

Experienced engineer and product manager who has been working with leading-edge navigation...

Expert M320K

Software and systems engineer with several decades of hands-on experience

Expert B624L

Adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering with years of industry experience in...

Expert G524L

Embedded systems industry veteran who built or managed the development of more than one hundred...

Expert F200K

Electrical engineer and embedded computing pioneer with over thirty years of experience...

Expert M244N

Professor of electrical and computer engineering with significant industry

Expert D130T

Former assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and Oxford-educated materials...

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