Expert uses CADKEY on a daily basis to communicate design and fabrication ideas and solutions to domestic and international customers. Expert uses the principles of designing for manufacturability on a daily basis to assist customers on new designs and redesigns to increase productivity and quality improvements. Expert has worked with major corporations in design concepts and the implementation of such concepts. Some of which are patents currently held by corporations such Carrier and Trane. He has worked with both individuals and corporations on prototypes in various industries. Some projects have resulted in patents by corporations such as Trane and Carrier. Mostly, the innovation comes from designing more efficient, faster means of production, fully utilizing the customers assets. Expert has been in manufacturing his entire life. He has personally done (hands on) everything from machining to stamping, welding, assembly, CNC punching, CNC lasers, robotics, quality control, and is currently a senior applications specialist with Mate Precision Tooling, the world leader in CNC turret tooling. Expert lives in the "rapid prototype" world. As an application specialist for Mate Precision Tooling, the world leader in CNC punching innovation, he sees more in an average day than most manufacturing engineers see in a month. "Designing for manufacturability" and "Form follows Function" are his mantras.
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities:
Minneapolis, Minnesota - Saint Paul, Minnesota - Rochester, Minnesota - Burnsville, Minnesota - Saint Cloud, Minnesota - Eden Prairie, Minnesota - Minnetonka, Minnesota - Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Responsibilities: Review customer drawings and recommend tooling to manufacture. Work with designers/engineers to alter initial prototype designs for manufacturability. Work with customers to reduce manufacturing time by fully utilizing machine and process capability. Involved in on site customer audits to recommend process improvements.
Years: 1994 to 1999
Title: Lead Person - Amada CNC Presses
Responsibilities: Lead person in CNC stamping department. Setup and trouble shoot prototype part runs in Amada turrets and lasers. Set up and insure reliable operation. Work with engineering, production, and quality control to finalize design and process.
Years: 1996 to 1999
Title: Quality Control Inspector
Responsibilities: In process and first article inspection of individual parts and assemblies. Experience in hard tool metal stampings, MIG/TIG welding, spot welding, assemblies and assembly practices, plastic injection molding, ultrasonic welding, and CNC punching/lasers. Recommend tooling and process improvements.
Years: 1991 to 1996
Title: Lead Person - Press Room
Responsibilities: Lead person, metal stamping. Set up, troubleshoot and run product in presses 20-500 tons. Work with inspection and tool room to create quality parts. Experience in progressive dies, compound blanking, and formng aplications. Supervised up to 25 employees.
Years: 1984 to 1991
Title: General Machine Operator
Responsibilities: Operator - set up / run in various stamping machines. Always responsible for personal quality / accuracy. Continued excellence resulted in positions above.
Years: 1981 to 1984
Title: General Operator
Responsibilities: Machinist trainee - Learned general machining practices and trained on Bridgeport mills, general lathe work, and basic CNC machining.
Training / Seminars
Assisted in company training course development for new customer service reps, domestic sales engineers, and internatonial dealers regarding general practices and special applications.
With the assistance of Mate sales engineers in the field, he can connect a client with a suitable job shop in their general location that may be in need of work, and is a good match for their needs.
He is strictly an applications-oriented expert. He would be more than happy to offer opinions based on my day to day experience in the business. Expert works with anyone from small, one person shops to major corporations like GE, Emerson, and Carrier, so he receives a lot of inside comments in various areas.
Other Relevant Experience
Major area of expertise is reducing production time via efficient stamping practices. Savings of 30-70% are common. This typically comes into play when a short run prototype turns into a medium run before it goes into hard tooling. Sometimes, however, a CNC turret, tooled correctly, can out perform even hard tooling, depending on quantity per run.