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 Expert  727714

Expert in Lean Manufacturing Engineering and Production Systems Implementation


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Michigan (MI)
USA
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Summary of Expertise: Listed with other top experts in: 
Manufacturing Engineering professional with extensive management experience in the automotive OEM and Tier 1 environment. Demonstrated success in new product program implementation and process improvement. Played a key role in the development of the GM Manufacturing System and Quality Network with a focus on synchronous material flow. Demonstrated ability to enhance productivity, improve quality, reduce costs and increase profitability. Well developed skills in training course creation and delivery. Able to establish relationships and communicate effectively at all levels.
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automobile manufacturing

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continuous flow manufacturing

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discrete manufacturing

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flexible manufacturing

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integrated product team

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just-in-time inventory

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lean manufacturing

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manufacturing

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office productivity

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productivity improvement

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Shingo manufacturing

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synchronous manufacturing

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world-class manufacturing


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Localities:
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;  Dearborn, Michigan;  Cleveland, Ohio;  and Toledo, Ohio.

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Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1977   MS   Industrial Engineering   University of Toledo  
1971   BME   Mechanical Engineering   Kettering University (General Motors Institute)  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2009 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 


 

President

 

He is the principal for a Manufacturing Engineering consultancy.

1999 to 2009

 

General Motors

 

Manufacturing Program Management / Performance Vehicles

 

Global Manufacturing Chief Engineer

 

He was responsible for program manufacturing and manufacturing engineering on the Performance Vehicle Line Team. He led production launch activities for XLR, XLR / V, Corvette, Z06, Solstice / Sky Turbo, Opel GT, Daewoo G2X, ZR1 and Grand Sport.

1997 to 1999

 

General Motors

 

Quality, Reliability and Competitive Operations Implementation

 

Engineering Group Manager

 

He managed the corporate Throughput Improvement Process and personally led teams at Lordstown and Linden assembly plants to successfully increase production. He completed Goldratt Institute Jonah program and is able to apply the Theory of Constraints to reduce costs and enhance profitability.

1985 to 1997

 

General Motors

 

Advanced Engineering Staff

 

Engineering Group Manager

 

Led the team of Supplier Cost Engineers providing support to Purchasing in cost reduction / avoidance activities at Tier 1 suppliers. * Managed the NAO Productivity Lab assisting plants to implement lean manufacturing solutions and create continuous improvement shop processes. * Co-founded the GM Synchronous Knowledge Center created and delivered lean manufacturing / office training to over 3000 GM participants, which improved productivity. * Original member of the GM Production System team that created the GM Global Manufacturing System with a focus on material flow to reduce inventory and costs.

1982 to 1985

 

AP Parts

 

Toledo Manufacturing Division

 

Industrial Engineering Manager

 

He was responsible for labor standards, Just-In-Time ( JIT ) implementation, layout and OEM quoting.

1980 to 1982

 

Engineered Distribution Systems

 


 

Vice President / Owner

 

He provided turnkey solutions in conveyance and distribution for industrial plants, wholesale distributors, retail distribution centers and health care customers.

1975 to 1980

 

Tenneco Automotive

 

Production Engineering

 

Facilities Engineering Manager / Staff Production Engineer

 

As Facilities Engineering Manager / International Capital Projects he was responsible for facilities projects and maintenance for four plants and corporate headquarters.

As Staff Production Engineer he performed production engineering for cold forming, tubing, powder metal and plating at all plants.

1966 to 1975

 

Chevrolet Motor Division

 


 

Industrial Engineering / Production Supervision

 

As Industrial Engineer completed methods, standards, layout and conveyance in various manufacturing departments.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

Society of Manufacturing Engineers; Institute of Industrial Engineers

Licenses/Certifications

Registered Professional Engineer; Goldratt Institute Jonah

Awards/Recognition

Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

One patent - automatic transmission


Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1971 to 1977   US Army NG   Warrant Officer 2   Communications / Electronics Officer and Mechanical Maintenance Officer

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He personally led teams in large industrial manufacturing facilities to successfully identify production constraints and improve throughput.
  • A short term engagement was as arbitrator for a work standards dispute at a hand tool manufacturer that used a piece work incentive system.
  • He has designed and implemented turnkey solutions in conveyance and distribution for industrial plants, wholesale distributors, retail distribution centers and health care customers.
  • He provided Expert Opinion on Manufacturing Capacity issues in a federal litigation.
  • He participated as a senior consultant on a study team to a European OEM Manufacturer for cost reduction opportunities in the supply chain.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in processess for milling and drilling operations.
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:
Provided Expert Opinion / Deposition on manufacturing capacity issue for a federal litigation. Testified in U.S. District Court as Expert Witness.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on manufacturing capacity in vehicle plant.
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
to   Japan   He led three benchmarking visits to Japanese manufacturers (automotive and non-automotive) to learn and transfer knowledge on lean manufacturing principles.
2012 to 2012   Europe   He participated as a team member on a study at a OEM manufacture and Tier 1 suppliers to identify cost reduction opportunities in the supply chain.

Market Research:
Automotive Manufacturing Responsible for program manufacturing and manufacturing engineering on the Performance Vehicle Line Team. Led production launch activities for XLR, XLR / V, Corvette, Z06, Solstice / Sky Turbo, Opel GT, Daewoo G2X, ZR1 and Grand Sport.

* Launched 100% of programs below the manufacturing investment and operating expense budgets by leading a disciplined launch process. * Implemented an ultra low volume vehicle assembly system ( XLR ) that achieved the world benchmark in hours per vehicle. * Led the team to reduce dimensional variation by 50% in key areas of the Kappa architecture enabling the successful coupe launch on a convertible structure. * Set the foundation for the Corvette to achieve segment leading build quality through rigorous manufacturing issue resolution in pre-production events.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.


Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

Co-founded the GM Synchronous Knowledge Center and created and delivered lean manufacturing / office training to over 3000 GM participants.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Participated as a senior consultant on a European study at an OEM manufacturer to reduce costs in the supply chain.

Other Skills and Services

Led the team of Supplier Cost Engineers providing support to Purchasing in cost reduction / avoidance activities at Tier 1 suppliers.

Converted component manufacturing plant from piece work to measured day work, negotiated during a nine month strike, which reduced labor costs.


 

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