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Expert in AOI Industrial Inspection: Processes, Feasibility, Optimization; AOI Equipment: Design / Upgrades

Expert ID: 722856 Ireland

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Expert founded a consulting company specializing in supporting the manufacturing industry, which uses AOI, automated optical inspection or measurement systems in their production processes.
Her emphasis is on practical support for the manufacturing engineers given a tough task of selecting, introducing and maintaining these complex systems into their companies.

Expert has been designing, manufacturing and introducing vision based systems to electronics, medical device, pharmaceutical and printing industries for over 20 years. She is one of the founders of Vigitek Ltd., formerly Inspectron Ltd., Stratus Vision GmbH and an ISI Industrial and Scientific Imaging Ltd.

She is now focusing mainly on providing support for the AOI system users or those thinking of using automated vision inspection in their process, seeing how valuable close links between experts, manufacturers and the purchaser are in a successful AOI system installation and use.

She provides full range of services, from application evaluation, to help with system selection, design or upgrades, obsolete vision component replacement and custom vision lighting design.

Her services include validation of system performance and all aspects of support in introduction of AOI systems into production.

Introduction of Automated Inspection Systems into operation in a new advanced hybrid printing processes in a large electronics company in the US.
Management of client's engineers, interaction with and presentations to a large engineering group. Training of personnel, preparation of maintenance, test and calibration plans. Systems operating successfully on a 24 hour/7 day per weeks basis on assignment completion. Feasibility of detection of subtle defects in gold layers due to chemical and environmental contamination; detection of cracks and defects in underlying ceramic substrates. Feasibility resulted in a placement of a purchase order by the client company for a production system. Design of illumination units for the AOI, specifications for imaging software for the production system. The system has been installed on customer site (major manufacturing company in Germany) and production trials are being conducted currently. She is in charge of the trials and has a team of client engineers and supplier engineers to direct and coordinate.Consultancy relating to architecture, design and also implementation assistance in upgrading of a number of systems designed in 1990's to include new generation imaging hardware and software. She has also been providing training for client company engineers.Feasibility of introduction of automated inspection into an extruded building panel manufacturing facility (the largest operation of this type in Ireland and UK). She carried out payback analysis and prepared proposals for implementation. Results were presented to a large management group and resulted in placement of purchase orders for two different systems.
She has provided consulting in system specifications, developed architecture for both systems, supervised implementation, vision and software development. She has also trained and supported less experienced engineers. Both systems are successfully running in production in the main corporate plant, plans for rolling out the systems into the subsidiary operations in the UK are currently being made.Technical sales support, technical presentations to top client company management. Training of engineers and technology transfer.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1977 Degree: PhD Subject: Electronics - Computer Image Analysis Institution: Queen
Year: 1972 Degree: MEng Subject: Electronic Engineering Institution: Gdansk Technical University, Poland
Year: 1974 Degree: Diploma in Education Subject: Graduate Teaching Institution: Gdansk Technical University, Poland

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2003 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: She is responsible for all of the business operations including marketing and interaction with clients. She is also performing consultancy and design work, and in addition provides management/supervision services for implementation of systems for international clients. She is an assessor for the government organizations.
Years: 2004 to 2007 Employer: StratusVision GmbH - part time position Title: R&D Manager Department: Responsibilities: She was responsible for transfer of know how and technology to Stratus Vision.
Sales and Marketing support: feasibilities, reports, demonstrations and presentations both in house and internationally. Equipment architecture, imaging and lighting design, vision algorithms. Support and training for company and client company engineers.
Years: 1989 to 2004 Employer: Vigitek Ltd. Title: Director of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer Department: Responsibilities: Co-founder and co-owner of the company.
She was responsible for all engineering, R&D, production, quality and customer support activities within the company.
She was the architect and principal designer of all company products and custom systems. Additionally, she also carried out general management duties and was involved in all aspects of company operations, including grant applications and venture capital finance sourcing. Other duties included interaction with international clients during the sales and post-sales cycles, and general sales support .
She implemented ISO9001 quality system in her company and was very actively involved in its operations.
Years: 1982 to 1991 Employer: University of Limerick Title: Lecturer Department: Electronic and Computer Engineering Responsibilities: Lecturing at the graduate school in Digital Signal Processing and data communications. Also lecturing at the undergraduate level in signal processing, digital system design. Research and consultancy in imaging inspection and DSP for telecommunications applications.
Supervision of final year and Master student projects, interaction with industry, external examiners and government agencies. Part time position (Graduate School only) from 1989 to 1991.
Years: 1983 to 1989 Employer: ISI Industrial and Scientific Imaging Ltd. Title: Director of R&D Department: na Responsibilities: Co-founder of the company.
New product design and introduction into production. Principal architect and system designer. Involved in all aspects of the business, including sales support, customer support, production issues and company financing.
Years: 1980 to 1982 Employer: TMX Inc. Title: Executive Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Technology transfer between the US (Los Angeles) and the UK (Lisburn, Ulster)operations. Introduction of product into volume manufacture. Specifications for components, test equipment, interaction with designers, subcontractors and regulatory bodies. Automotive electronics equipment: hardware design for manufacturability, design of automatic test equipment.
Years: 1979 to 1981 Employer: PAP Power Automation Products Ltd. Title: Design and Development Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Design of fault recording and monitoring equipment for power stations.
Hardware design, microcomputer software development. Testing and PCB design.
Years: 1972 to 1979 Employer: Gdansk Technical University Title: Lecturer (Assistant Lecturer until 1977) Department: Electronics Department Responsibilities: Lecturing in telecommunications and digital transmission. Research into coding of broadband signals and video signal processing. Organization of teletransmission laboratories. Consultancy and design work for the Polish Telecommunications Institute.
Seconded to Queens University of Belfast from 19974 - 1977 to carry out research into broadband signal processing for efficient transmission.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1990 to 2001 Agency: Enterprise Ireland Role: Evaluator Expert Description: Evaluation of applications for Strategic Grant applications;
Years: 2004 to Present Agency: European Union Role: Technical Expert Description: Evaluation of large R&D proposals for EU funding.
Evaluations of Small Business Product Development proposals.
Assessment of R&D Reports for projects funded by EU.
Advice on R&D issues in SME industries.
Years: 1993 to Present Agency: Garda Sicona (Irish Police Dept.) Role: interpreter Description: She has been providing occasional interpreter services (Polish-English) to the local police and the courts.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1980 to Present Country / Region: USA Summary: The most recent work: from 1995 -she was in charge of introduction of numerous AOI systems into operations in new and existing production processes in hybrid electronics, medical device and printing industries. She provided sales and marketing support, was in charge of engineering and customer support for US companies.

In the 1980-1990 period she was responsible for transfer of technology from R&D centres in the US to manufacturing operations in the UK (automotive electronics) and R&D centre in Ireland (AOI systems).
Years: 2003 to Present Country / Region: Germany(Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Nurenberg) Summary: Transfer of technology to a startup company, assistance with marketing, engineering, set up of operations and customer support. Technical assistance with new applications and design of new imaging systems. Advice on specifications (Pfliftenhefts) and system acceptance documentation. On site work - supervision of client and supplier engineers, interaction with senior engineering management. Interaction with R&D centres, specialist equipment suppliers. Trade shows - equipment demonstration and interaction with potential buyers.
Years: 1974 to Present Country / Region: UK and Ireland Summary: UK:Interaction with UK clients inAOI system design, installation, commissioning and customer support. Work on Functional Design Specifications.Interaction with specialist suppliers and machine building subcontractors. From 1974 to mid '82 studying and working in the UK.Ireland - lecturer at the university, established 2 SME companies and the current consulting business.
Years: 2004 to Present Country / Region: Belgium Summary: Expert consultancy work in the area of advanced manufacturing processes and also R&D for the European SME industry. She took part in meetings with EU officials and other experts in Brussels.
Years: 1972 to 1979 Country / Region: Poland Summary: Lecturing, consultancy: design of equipment for digital telephony, research into broadband codecs implementation and bandwidth reduction.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Former member of IEEE Communications Division
Current member: Society of Optical Engineers, SPIE, Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers.
Licenses / Certifications
Diploma in Education, 1974
Professional Appointments
Board of Directors of ISI Industrial and Scientific Imaging (1983-1989),
Board of Directors of Vigitek Ltd (formerly Inspectron Ltd.) (1989-2004), company secretary for 2 years,
Technical Expert Evaluator for the European Union (2004-present)
Awards / Recognition
Awarded Visiting Studenship scholarship to Queens' University Belfast for a 3 year PhD study
Medical / Professional
Seconded by Gdansk Technical University to Queen's University Belfast for a 3 year research programme in video signal coding.
Seconded by Gdansk Technical University to Telecommunications Institute, Poznan, Poland for a 6 month period for work on ISDN broadband standards .

She was seconded by Vigitek Ltd. board to spend 1 year (2004) to help establish a new vision company (StratusVision GmbH) in Munich, Germany, perform technology transfer of Vigitek's product to that company and also provide it with sales and R&D support.
Publications and Patents Summary
Most of her work was of confidential nature - publications are mainly in form of internal reports; a few of the articles were published. She was instrumental in preparation of a number of patents in the area of automated visual inspection for client companies and Tapper Ltd, a patent holding company associated with Vigitek Ltd.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Extensive experience. Lecturer at universities, prepared and delivered lectures, tutorials, laboratory experiments for close to 20 years. Also prepared and given courses and lectures to external companies. Prepared training manuals and delivered or supevised training in many client companies. Prepared and delivered many presentations both for sales and technical nature.
Vendor Selection
Extensive experience in sourcing, locating and interacting with new vendors: component sourcing for new architectures, designs at board level, industrial computing, board sourcing. Also extensive experience in selection of and interaction with mechanical engineering companies supplying automation. Subcontractor selection for vision and inspection. Experienced in setting up evaluations, preparation of test plans for hardware and software offerings.

On operational level, procedures for vendor selection were based on ISO9001 system which was operating in her company. She was instrumental in setting up the ISO and was very actively involved in the running of the system. She was also audited by client companies, mainly pharmaceutical, healthcare and automotive electronics sectors.
Marketing Experience
Extensive experience in an advisory and support role. Market research, preparation of specifications, documentation. Feasibility studies, ROI analysis. Submissions of proposals for funding. Meetings with potential clients. Work with engineers on Beta sites, client feedback.
Interaction with potential clients and demonstrations at international exhibitions.
Interaction with sales, commissioning engineers, clients and subcontractors. Performance assessments.
Other Relevant Experience
For many years she was a member of a selection board for lecturing staff appointments, including professors at Limerick University, Ireland.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Polish She is fully proficient in the everyday and technical language. It is her mother tongue.
Russian She has studied the language extensively and was a fluent speaker. She used Russian technical books and literature in her studies. She has not used the language for a long time and would need a short period to become a reasonably fluent speaker again.
German She has a low to medium proficiency in spoken language understanding and reading. She has very basic speaking skills.
French She has a low to medium proficiency in the spoken language understanding and reading. She has very basic speaking skills.

Fields of Expertise

acceptance test, automated inspection, ceramic quality control, ISO 9000 series quality system standard, medical device manufacturing quality control, pharmaceutical quality control, printing quality control, quality evaluation, automated optical inspection, automation technology, automatic inspection equipment, automation control, ceramic crack detection, automatic handling equipment, Current Good Manufacturing Practice, ISO 9000 auditing, inspection system, printed circuit board automated optical inspection, ISO 9000 implementation for software, automation, ISO specification writing, acceptable quality level, plastic medical device, CE Marking, ISO 9001, vendor quality auditing, ISO 9000 quality system documentation, capability study, automated manufacturing, electronic product technology innovation, acceptance sampling, electronics nondestructive testing, electronics manufacturing automation, electronic fault diagnosis, quality standard, CCD camera, solder paste quality control, ISO 9000 implementation, semiconductor product quality control, electronics manufacturing quality control, statistical quality control, coordinate measuring machine, continuous quality improvement, electronics measurement, imaging, automatic electronics testing, electronic assembled device, quality engineering, quality control, quality auditing, optical inspection, nondestructive testing, Good Manufacturing Practice, factory automation, electronics manufacturing, computer integrated manufacturing, computer application process, color quality control, manufacturing automation, automatic test equipment

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