IEC&A "The Electrical and Electronic Experts" Investigative Engineering Consultants and Associates
IEC & Associates provides Electrical and Electronic Forensic and Investigative Engineering,
Patent Infringement Analysis, Claim Chart Mapping, Reverse Engineering, Product Teardowns, Design Engineering,
Failure Analysis, and Expert Witness Services for Attorneys, Insurance Companies, Industry
and Government. We specialize in electrical and electronic systems, products and devices.
Issues addressed include all aspects of the product or system under review or investigation,
including design, fabrication, production, operation, failure analysis, reverse engineering,
environmental conditions, agency compliance, safety, and product testing of electrical and
electronic systems, products and devices as well as computer systems, hardware and software.
in Forensic & Investigative Engineering, Patent Infringement Analysis and Expert Witness Services in the areas of Electrical
& Electronic Systems, Products and Devices.
By Mark Keith, PE | May 23, 2012 at 06:46 AM EDT | No Comments
As a Manufacturing Quality Consultant and Expert Witness, I encounter each of these 3 categories on a daily basis:
1) Manufacturing Defects - when the product departs from its intended design, even when all care was observed.
2) Design Defects - when a product’s design could have been altered to mitigate foreseeable risks of harm, especially when a failure to alter a design renders a product not reasonably safe.
3) Inadequate Instructions or Warning Defects - when foreseeable risks of harm could have been avoided by including reasonable instructions, and failure to do so renders a product not reasonably safe.
Manufacturing defects are a reality. The fact that most manufacturer's inspect and test their products to detect and reject any parts or products before they reach a customer's hands, does not eliminate all such manufacturing defects from getting through, with some causing unfortunate results.
Design defects are often prevented through good engineering and the use of DFMEA's (Design Failure Mode and Effects Analysis). The reality is that even with very good engineering practices, DFMEA's do not always identify and properly quantify the real risks associated with potential failure modes and their sometimes-catastrophic effects.
Inadequate Instructions and Warning Defects abound. The level of details that is required for product usage instructions are dependent on the specific product and applicable industry standards. It's unfortunate that even with good design engineering and manufacturing process controls, quality controls, and additional quality assurance inspections and tests, that so many product liability and personal injury claims arise from a manufacturer's failure to provide adequate usage instructions and safety warnings.
Product liability and personal injury cases require careful forensic investigation and "hands-on" experience based experts to analyze and identify the root cause or causes were that lead to the direct cause of any product design, manufacturing, or instruction/warning defects and failures.
I'd be happy to provide anyone in this group with Expert Witness support for product liability and personal injury cases involving manufactured product design defects and failures, manufacturing defects and failures, and/or product usage instructions and warnings defects and failures.
David "Mac" McCracken Manufacturing Assurance Consultants, Inc. International Supplier Quality Consultants, Inc. Website: www.SupplierQA.com E-mail: SupplierQA@gmail.com Verizon iPhone: 412-965-6211
"Eric Halber is a patent attorney with over 20 years of litigation experience. He has worked with, and consulted for, IEC&A in the areas of pre-suit investigation and reverse engineering. Mr. Keith is the owner and founder of IEC & Associates located, in Raleigh, NC. The company is an Electrical and Electronic Investigative Engineering firm specializing in Patent Infringement Analysis, Claim Chart Mapping, Reverse Engineering and Product Teardowns services"
By Mark Keith, PE | July 03, 2011 at 12:15 PM EDT | No Comments
Reflective Radiant Barriers: Good for Energy Savings – Bad for Fire Safety.
Interesting article posted by NAFI and presented by R. Simmon,E. Benstock,N. Camara on fire safety of reflective radiant barriers. Important issues to consider before you install it. Please go http://www.ieca-inc.com/forensicarticles.html to view the article.
By Mark Keith, PE | June 10, 2011 at 02:52 PM EDT | No Comments
IEC & Associates are pleased to announce that Mr. Eric Halber (IP Litigation Enforcement Attorney) has joined out consulting team Mr. Halber has over 20 years of litigation and intellectual property experience with top law firms and Fortune 500 companies. Lead trial counsel for over 50 commercial and intellectual property lawsuits. Has effectively prosecuted hundreds of commercial electronics-related patents. Degrees from Tulane Law School, the New England School of Law and Lafayette College. IP enforcement management represents the single most important aspect for effectively monetizing IP assets. A failure to properly manage an IP enforcement effort can result in either an outright loss or leaving millions of dollars on the table at the end of the day.
By Mark Keith, PE | April 28, 2011 at 07:48 AM EDT | No Comments
”Top 10 Winning Qualities of Consultants”
This was recently posted in the Consultancy Blog of the Professional Engineer Society byMr. James Khalil, PE. It is wonderful wisdom for our industry and a great personal motivator for me so I am re-posting it. IEC& Associates is committed to implementing and practicing these principals on all of our projects.
By Mark Keith, PE | April 04, 2011 at 08:13 AM EDT | No Comments
"Electric Permittivity and Magnetic Permeability"
Over the weekend, I was reading my son's SPS Observer “The Magazine of the Society of Physics Students” and came across a wonderful article by Dr. Dwight E. Neuenschwander regarding Electric Permittivity and Magnetic Permeability. In my opinion, it is eloquently written and presented very well.It is a great mental refresh and if you have a few minutes, I highly recommend it to all of you. Please go http://www.ieca-inc.com/technologyupdates.html to view the article.
By Mark Keith, PE | March 27, 2011 at 03:25 PM EDT | No Comments
"Tutorial - Understanding The PCB Laminate and Prepreg Process"
For those who would like a basic understanding on how Printed Circuit Boards are made using laminates and prepregs, I would highly recommend that you review this presentation. Please go http://www.ieca-inc.com/technologyupdates.html to view the presentation.