Expert in Foundry and Forging Automation
Expert ID: 737935 Ohio, USA
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
|Year: 1992||Degree: MBA||Subject: Business Administration||Institution: Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion IN|
|Year: 1971||Degree: BS||Subject: Mechanical Engineering Technology||Institution: Purdue University|
|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: 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: 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: 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.
|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%.|
|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.|
|Awards / Recognition|
|The AFS Westover Award for lifetime achievement in Foundry Engineering|
|Publications and Patents Summary|
|11 patents in metal casting.|
|Training / Seminars|
|Attended the GIFA in Dusseldorf since 1985. This is the worlds best and largest foundry show.
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