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

FPGA & Semiconductor Design Expert Profile

Electrical engineer and independent consultant specializing in the design of microcontroller-based embedded control systems, especially those with a wireless communications requirement. 

Battery and Power Electronics Expert Profile

Electrical engineer and expert in battery and power electronics technology with special technical expertise in motor drives and inverters.

Medical Device Design Expert Profile

Engineer with over thirty-five years of experience designing electronics and software for consumer electronics products and safety-critical medical devices.

Digital Signal Processing Expert Profile

Over forty years of academic and engineering experience and twenty years of expert witness experience in computer science, software development, embedded systems, enterprise software, and especially signal processing for audio and music technology.

Enterprise Software Expert Profile

MIT-educated computer scientist experienced in analyzing, architecting, designing, developing and optimizing service provider and enterprise solutions for a wide variety of industries. 

Embedded Software Design Expert Profile

Former adjunct professor of computer engineering with more than twenty-five years of experience in the software industry, including over a decade spent developing software for embedded systems.

Military Systems Design Expert Profile

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

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Expert M242N

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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