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Expert in Foundry and Forging Automation

Expert ID: 737935 Ohio, USA

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Expert has worked various positions in the foundry and forging industry for over 40 years. He graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology in 1971. He went on to get an MBA in Business in 1987.

His background and experience include the following:
+Equipment designer, Maintenance Supervisor and Project Engineer for International Harvester Indianapolis Foundry 8 years
+Plant Engineer, Plant Manager and Corporate Manager of Process Engineering for CMI International 18 years
+Corporate Engineer for Alcoa Automotive Casting and Forging for 8 years
+Foundry Automation Specialist for Rimrock Corp for 14 years
+President of (undisclosed) Consulting LLC for 5 years

Expert holds 11 metal casting patents and is a lifetime member of American Foundry Society AFS and Society of Manufacturing SME

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1992 Degree: MBA Subject: Business Administration. 3.6 GPA of 4.0 Institution: Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion IN
Year: 1971 Degree: BS Subject: Mechanical Engineering Technology, 5.12 GPA on 6.0 Institution: Purdue University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2017 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President and Owner Department: Foundry Consulting
Responsibilities:
Consulting on foundry automation to several foundry companies. Recommended automation projects with ROI less than 2 years. Does proposed automation layouts and recommend the robots, surrounding equipment and the safety system.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2003 to 2017 Employer: Lincoln Electric Automation Columbus, was Rimrock Corp Title: Foundry Automation Specialist Department: Automation Applications and Sales
Responsibilities:
Recommended automation projects in the Foundry, Forging and High Pressure Die Cast industries. Visited over 600 shops in the 14 years. Rimrock Corp started in 1965 and Lincoln Electric purchased them in 2018. Brought in Honda, Toyota and many other high profile companies with automation projects. Gave several talks on foundry topics at the AFS show during these years.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1996 to 2003 Employer: Alcoa Title: Staff Engineer Department: Automotive Casting Division
Responsibilities:
Responsible for 3 casting plants automation engineering. Directed and coordinated all activities for advanced engineering of casting and finishing processes at the plants. Built, managed and directed a new casting plant in Norway for Volvo suspension castings. Started up in one year with over 100 robots. It is still open and under Aludyne.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1977 to 1996 Employer: CMI- International Title: Manager of Product and Process Development Department: Corp Automation Engineer over 7 foundries.
Responsibilities:
Held many titles in the 19 years with CMI-International. They included Plant Engineer at Wabash, IN Foundry, Plant Manager at Permanent Mold shop in northern IN. CMI-Int Corp Engineer responsible for all automation projects.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1997 to 2000 Country / Region: Norway Summary: Was the building & equipment project engineer for a low pressure, permanent mold foundry for Alcoa Automotive Castings. The plant cast 16 aluminum suspension parts for the Volvo S80. Good castings were made in one year from breaking ground. Then served as the Plant Manager for two years. The plant started with 85 robots doing every foundry task. It employed 160 technicians. The plant was successful & is now owned by Aludyne.
Years: 2000 to 2002 Country / Region: England Summary: Was tasked by Alcoa Automotive Casting to go to the UK and act as their Engineering Manager. This was a DISA casting facility that Alcoa purchased. The DISA automated casting line was having many problems and had only 50% uptime. Reviewed the problems and working with a team was able to raise the casting uptime to 90%.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Foundry Society member for over 40 years
Lifetime member of the SME since 1976
Licenses / Certifications
Hold many certificates for example Kiazen, Green Belt, Foundry Safety, Continuous Improvement, Project Management, Robot Industry Association Robot Safety Certificate and several others.
Professional Appointments

Awards / Recognition
The AFS Westover Award for lifetime achievement in Foundry Engineering
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has 11 patents in metal casting.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Attended the GIFA in Dusseldorf since 1985. This is the worlds best and largest foundry show.

Expert created several powerpoints in 2016 for training Rimrock employees on the following:
+Casting Process details on the top 15 casting processes.
+Mold making equipment details & how they work
+The three forging process and how each works
+Forging equipment & how it works
+Automation projects in casting & forging

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