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
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Experts in Industrial Controls

Cellular Wireless Air Interface Expert Profile

Professor of electrical engineering and computer science with decades of R&D experience in communications networks and wireless signal detection and estimation.

Speech-Based Interface & RFID Expert Profile

Consultant and former professor of computer science with decades of hands-on experience in speech recognition, IVR, RFID, streaming multimedia, and data encryption.

Speech & Voice Recognition Expert Profile

Professor of computer science with over two decades of experience at the forefront of the analysis and processing of electronic documents and document images as well as expertise in speech processing and voice input.

FDA Medical Software Quality Expert Profile

Former director of software engineering and independent consultant with deep experience in the medical products and telecommunications industries and FDA 510(k), ISO-13485, and IEC-62304 compliant software quality systems.

Surveillance Camera Networks Expert Profile

Stanford-educated professor of electrical engineering and computer science whose career in industry began at AT&T Bell Labs and has specialized expertise in cyber-physical systems, IoT technologies, and computer vision.

Manufacturing Automated Test Expert Profile

Registered Professional Engineer (PE) with several decades of hands-on industry experience developing products and software for industrial, consumer, enterprise, military, and medical applications.

Industrial PLC & SCADA System Expert Profile

Registered professional engineer and licensed electrical contractor with more than forty years of hands-on experience in UL and NEC-compliant electrical system design.

Vehicle Rollover Detection Expert Profile

Professor of electrical and computer engineering with over twenty-five years of experience in materials science, systems engineering and design of microelectronics.

Vehicle Sensor & Electronics Expert Profile

Independent consultant and former professor of technical product management with decades of industry experience in automotive sensors, electronics, and systems.

Naval & Underwater Systems Expert Profile

Engineering consultant with nearly thirty years of hands-on software development experience designing products ranging from autonomous underwater robots to cable modems and set-top boxes.


Expert S416N

Electronics and computer science expert with more than twenty-five years of hands-on experience...

Expert D420S

Registered Professional Engineer (PE) with several decades of hands-on industry experience...

Expert S163T

Professor of electrical and computer engineering with over twenty-five years of experience in...

Expert M242N

Professor of electrical and computer engineering and robotics with more than a decade of...

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, materials, and...

Expert M500N

Professor of electrical engineering and computer science with decades of R&D experience in...

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 laboratory with over...

Expert B620S

Computer engineer with over fifteen years of hands-on experience in all phases of product...


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