2009 – Present

Independent Consultant

2003 – 2009

Converting and existing engine with Mechanical Fuel System to Electronic Fuel System

  • A new version of an engine was being developed that would possible to upgrade older engines. This had never been done before and there was no known procedure to do this.
  • This involved enlisting the help of many different organizations within the company and exposing this idea to them for help putting this together. Convincing them of the validity of the idea was overcome and other groups worked together to make this available.
  • After 1½ years of this offering, there has been over $3.0 MUSD of incremental parts sales. The development group is doing some further development and have included the idea of upgrading older engines with this newer development.

Take a new Engine offering and figure out what is needed to help customers with existing engines overcome a new stationary engine emission regulation.

  • There was a solution available for older engines and the new regulation would cause the engines to be taken out of operation within an 18 month period starting March, 2009.
  • The development group was on such a fast track to make this new engine offering, they were un- willing to help with this upgrade development.
  • The comparison of the new engine and the older engines out in the field revealed it was still possible to do. It would be $200 KUSD for parts, but the engines cost $425 KUSD. So the current regulation for overhaul costs being more than 50% of a new engine does not apply. The customer can still operate his engines.
  • There are a total of 200 engines in need of this upgrade and the 1st of this upgrade should occur the 1st week of March and progress through the next 18 months. This would amount to $40 MUSD incremental parts sales.

IMO (International Maritime Organization) is an organization of the United Nations. SOLAS (Safety of Life at SEA) is internal committee. They set out rules for Ocean-going Vessel Safety  and use the worldwide port authority organizations to enforce these regulations. The regulation deals with fire safety within an engine room. This regulation was accepted by member nations in 2003

  • The Development group had developed solutions for the new engines being produced and shipped from the factory.
  • No one had any idea of what these components were or how to acquire them for meeting this regulation. Customers can actually have their vessels arrested or denied access into a port for not meeting this regulation if the port authority personnel enforce it.
  • Worked with the development group and found several solutions for customers that helped existing engines meet this regulation.
  • Since 2003, incremental parts sales have been $6.5 MUSD each year and are expected to continue at that rate for at least 3 more years.

New technology development has led to new offerings for customers operating natural gas fueled engines in Gas Compression applications

  • Natural gas fueled engines require precise combustion control. Many engines exist in the field  with very old combustion controls and new developments for these engines have led to offering these combustion controls to existing field engines.
  • The gas fueled engine development group had never been involved in an engine upgrade.
  • Worked closely with the group to ensure their help would benefit all of us within the company.
  • The Technology offering to current customers has benefited the company by $3 MUSD in incremental parts sales since available in January, 2008 and will be continued in the future for more incremental parts sales.

1992 to 2003

Caterpillar Product Support

  • While living in Peoria, Illinois and Lafayette, Indiana, I traveled the world for 11 years commissioning the largest engine produced at the Lafayette Factory. I traveled for 150 to 187 days per year. For the final period I trained two other people and diminished my travel prior to moving to Geneva, Switzerland.
  • While living in Geneva, Switzerland for 7 years, I handled all service problems on all large engines produced by two manufacturing plants in Lafayette, Indiana and Kiel, Germany. All of these products were used in Marine and Electric Power Applications. The territory ranged from all of Europe and Africa along with the Middle East including Pakistan.


  • BS MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, Bradley University, Peoria, Ill
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Illinois Society of Professional Engineers


Serving the Central Illinois Area