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Expert in Hydraulic Hose Failure Analysis, Expert Witness

Expert ID: 723211 Ohio, USA

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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.

Litigation support for hose assembly failures in both mobile and stationary applications. Expertise in manufacturing and assembly of hose and fitting components.Defendant's expert consultant for oil line leakage claim. Defendant's expert consultant for hose assembly failure. Defendant's expert witness for patent infringement.

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 - Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1978 Degree: BS Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Michigan State University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2005 to 2006 Employer: Eaton Title: Engineering Manager - Asia Department: Hydraulics Responsibilities: 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.
Years: 1999 to 2005 Employer: Eaton Title: Engineering Manager - Transportation Products Department: Hydraulics Responsibilities: 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.
Years: 1992 to 1999 Employer: Eaton Title: Senior Engineer - Global Hose Group Department: Global Hose Group Responsibilities: 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.
Years: 2006 to 2007 Employer: TRW Title: Program Manager Department: Workign with China Responsibilities: From 2006 to 2007 I was a Program Manger for TRW working with China.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2004 to 2006 Country / Region: China Summary: 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.
Years: 2005 to 2006 Country / Region: India Summary: 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.
Years: 1992 to 1999 Country / Region: Germany Summary: Worked with German automotive OEMs to develop performance specifications and qualify hose products for use in vehicles.

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