About the instructor
After leaving Picker International where he was engaged in the design of military x-ray systems, Brian joined Rockwell Automation's (Formerly Reliance Electric) Drive Systems Division, where he was responsible for developing control design standards for strip and web-handling applications. These applications included tension and dancer controlled center winders, torque controlled surface winders, slitters, accumulators, steering controls, edge controls, and many other specialty process applications, such as head-box pressure and flow controls etc. Brian also has extensive experience in the metals industryâ€™s foil rolling and strip handling applications.
In addition to his design duties Brian conducted training programs in web-handling, control system theory, and system modeling for the Systems Engineering staff.
While at Rockwell, Brian was designated a corporate resource for modeling web and strip-handling systems, and used to provide expert witness support in technical disputes. Brian also functioned as the technical liaison between the Oklahoma State University Web Handling Research Center, and the Rockwell Automation Systems Engineering group, adapting the research from the WHRC to provide practical and useful solutions to common web transport and winding problems.
In addition to his design, modeling and technical support duties, Brian also provided field engineering support during the commissioning of web transport systems in consumer product, woven and non-woven, and specialty polymer web applications. In this capacity he interacted with many machine vendor engineering groups, and used his extensive knowledge of web and winding models to assist in solving problems with such phenomena as wrinkling, air-entrainment, poor web lateral control, roll-telescoping, roll-staring, poor roll-edging, etc. providing both guidelines for machine set-up, referencing schemes, and feedback/feed-forward control design.
After leaving Rockwell to form ApICS he continued his research interests in the development of accurate web handling models and the application of modern control theory in the generation of easily configured self-tuning control algorithms for industrial control applications.
Brian received his B.E.E in 1990 and M.S.E.E. in 1992 from Cleveland State University, he also holds a B.A from the University of the State of New-York. He has authored many journal and conference publications in web-handling control systems design and analysis and related disciplines.