Robert C Hoffman Jr, PE Expert Witness
Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

  • Company: Creative Product Solutions
  • Phone: (269) 277-3115
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Specialties & Experience

General Specialties: Safety and Mechanical Engineering

Specialty Focus: warnings & labels, statistics, consumer goods, fire, electric shock, burns, appliances, forensics, design, testing, failure analysis, product liability

Education: Certified master in design for safety , Whirlpool; Certified master in force failure testing , Whirlpool; Certified Statistical Blackbelt, Six Sigma Associates, INC; BSME - high honors, Michigan Technological University

Years in Practice: 34

Additional Information

Registered professional engineer in the state of Michigan. I worked in the consumer goods industry (appliances) for over (28) years, which gave me the opportunity to serve on the dryer safety committee for the American Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), as well as work extensively with Underwriters Laboratory (UL). Recognized as a prominent knowledge source in the US on dryer fires and their causes, I was instrumental in the development of the clothes dryer drum containment standard recently implemented by all US codes agencies. I am certified to run both the UL and ANSI dryer drum fire containment test as well as the dryer base fire containment test. The training received to obtain master certifications in design for safety and force failure testing / analysis gives me broad experience in electric shock, over heated connections, arc tracking, contact burns, and codes standards. Design knowledge / experience includes the following: 1) Computer aided design (CAD), 2) Simulation based design (SBD), 3) Failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA), 4) Statistical tolerance analysis, 5) Geometric tolerancing and dimensioning (GD&T), 6) Design of Experiments (DOE) 7) Components of Variance (COV) 8) Statistical process control (SPC) 9) System engineering