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 Expert  723211

Expert in Hydraulic Hose Failure Analysis, Expert Witness

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Ohio (OH)
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Expert has over 26 years of experience in the design, development, manufacturing and failure analysis of hydraulic and industrial hose. He is very familiar with methods of hose extrusion, reinforcement and vulcanization, having worked with hose made from rubber, thermoplastics and PTFE, and reinforced with wire, polyester, polyamide and aramids.

He has worked with a wide variety of hose applications including fuel, air conditioning, air brakes, coolants and high pressure hydraulics. In addition, he has experience with a wide range of customers including heavy duty truck OEMs, automotive OEMS, heavy equipment manufactures and bus manufacturers.

In addition, he has been active in the Society of Automotive Engineers, participating in the authoring of specifications covering hose performance characteristics such as burst pressure, permeation, tensile strength and fatigue life.

Expert has over 25 years of industrial experience in manufacturing and product development, with the most recent 10 years dedicated to project management. He is a certified PMP.


burst pressure


failure analysis


high-pressure hose


high-pressure hose design




hydraulic hose


hydraulic hose cracking


rubber hose


hydraulic fitting


expert witness


engineering project management


project management


project planning


project review


project scheduling


research and development management

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Detroit, Michigan;  Warren, Michigan;  Flint, Michigan;  Sterling Heights, Michigan;  Lansing, Michigan;  Ann Arbor, Michigan;  Livonia, Michigan;  Cleveland, Ohio;  Toledo, Ohio;  and Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1978   BS   Chemical Engineering   Michigan State University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2005 to 2006


Eaton Corporation




Engineering Manager - Asia


Managed engineering staffs of 15 people for Fluid Connectors Division in Shanghai/Ningbo, China and Pune, India. Also provided engineering product support to Eaton facilities in Kameoka, Japan and Melbourne, Australia. •Led integration of Winner Hydraulics Company (China) engineering into the Eaton system. This included drawings, performance standards, software, test procedures and equipment and commonization of hose, fitting and adapter designs, accounting for $50M in sales. •Headed a cross-functional team of Sales, Marketing and Engineering to identify a low cost air brake fitting design suitable for use in the China heavy truck market. •Directed the transfer of CAD work from Eaton locations in Van Wert, OH, Maumee, OH and Baden Baden, Germany to the Eaton Tech Center in Pune, India. This included hiring and training 11 engineers and draftsmen in Pune. •Spearheaded efforts to establish capability in Ningbo and Luzhou, China to produce threaded adapters, TTC hose fittings and STC adapters to common Eaton designs. This represents $20M in business. •Provided a single point of contact for all technical questions to support sales efforts in Australia, China and Japan.

1999 to 2005


Eaton Corp




Engineering Manager - Transportation Products


Led a team of six engineers and a senior chemist to develop hose and fitting products in support of sales to truck, bus and high performance markets. •Eaton representative on the Dynacraft (Division of Paccar) team that developed the specification for new truck diesel fuel engine hose. This product will result in $900K sales of hose for Eaton in 2006. •Participated in the development team that introduced the EZ Clip fitting system for air conditioning hoses, generating $10M of hose and fitting sales in 2005. •As the result of the Weatherhead acquisition from Dana, directed the engineering team that integrated the $2M Everflex PTFE hose and fitting program into the Eaton product line. •Managed team that developed aluminum roll formed air conditioning fittings, allowing Eaton to capture an additional $3M per year in tube and hose assembly sales at Volvo truck.

1992 to 1999


Eaton Corp



Senior Engineer - Global Hose Group


Worked with sales, customers and the hose manufacturing plants to develop customer specific hoses for automotive applications. •Lead Engineer for the development of light weight fuel and oil hose for NASCAR. •Test Engineer for the team that developed and qualified 150ºC power steering hose for Ford Motor Company. •Introduced shaping process for oil cooler hoses at the Aeroquip plant in Cardiff, Wales. This product was supplied globally to Ford Motor Company. •Member of the team that developed the construction and processing of multi-layer thermoplastic filler neck hose. •Worked with Volkswagen to qualify Aeroquip produced suction hose for their air conditioning systems.

Career Accomplishments:

Society of Automotive Engineers

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Litigation support for hose assembly failures in both mobile and stationary applications. Expertise in manufacturing and assembly of hose and fitting components.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Rubber hose pressure expert for consulting on Rubber Hose and Fitting Under Pressure.
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  • Expert for consulting on Hydraulic Hose Failure - Root Cause Analysis
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Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
He has served as an expert consultant or expert witness in cases involving failures of hydraulic hoses.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on high pressure hose rupture hitting worker in the face multiple fractures and loss of teeth.
  • Expert in hydraulic impact caised by ruptured hose.
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  • Hydraulic hose expert for consulting on product liability failure analysis.
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  • Hydraulics hose expert for consulting on Hydraulic Hose Line Failure Opinion Requested.
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  • Expert in Failure Analysis.
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  • Expert in automotive manufacturing for consulting on preliminary analysis of quality management practices.
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Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2004 to 2006   China   Directed engineering team to develop fluid conveyance products for the China truck market. Also headed the engineering integration efforts for the acquisition of a Chinese manufacturing company.
2005 to 2006   India   Directed the transfer of CAD work from locations in the United States and Germany to a newly established technical center in Pune, India. This included hiring and training 11 engineers and draftsmen in Pune.
1992 to 1999   Germany   Worked with German automotive OEMs to develop performance specifications and qualify hose products for use in vehicles.


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