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High Volume Metal Stampings and Progressive Die Troubleshooting.

ID: 723101 Texas, USA

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He has during most of a long career been intimately involved in the setup, running, troubleshooting, and designing of progressive dies. From 1994 to 2002 he owned and ran a plant in Monterrey, Mexico, that produced high quality progressive and other types of dies.

Troubleshooting is a particular strength and he ranks himself perhaps in the 95th percentile range of skills in solving problems with progressive die design and production.

He has, in his career in the metal stamping industry, been involved in the stamping of soft aluminum heat sinks and harder forms of aluminum also. These were primarily made in progressive dies in high volume.

He provided technical consulting services in a leading automotive oil filter production plant over a two year period to bring their metal stamping practices up to world class standards. This involved reviewing die design problems and recommending changes and new designs where indicated. It also involved an assessment of the role of poor press condition in excessive die maintenance.
He also assisted in new product development on a limited basis.He assisted in due diligence on the purchase of a joist manufacturing plant in Mexico, assessing HR practices and compliance. He then assisted in the transition period, translating and helping the controller convert from one accounting software system to another.He advised a manufacturer of room air conditioners in moving a manufacturing operation to Mexico and helped them outsource their sheet metal production (formerly made in-house) to new metal stamping vendors.He provided die design and maintenance training to die maintenance and die setup personnel in Spanish to two companies in Mexico using detailed photographs of dies, showing good and bad practices.He analyzed and helped solve technical start-up problems on a complex new consumer product that involved metal stamping expertise in China.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1962 Degree: BS Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: University of Texas at Austin
Year: 1965 Degree: MS Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: University of Texas at Austin

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2002 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Consultant Department: (Undisclosed)
Responsibilities:
Expert provides expertise to a variety of clients, mostly related to high volume production of sheet metal products. He has also assisted clients with interests in Mexico, having started up two plants there.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1994 to 2002 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: President and Owner Department: (Undisclosed)
Responsibilities:
After starting the business from scratch, Expert was owner and in overall charge of a 25 person operation that designed and constructed Progressive Dies and other high volume dies for the metal stamping industry in Mexico. He reviewed all die designs and was in charge of sales.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1991 to 1993 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Plant Manager Department: San Antonio Plant
Responsibilities:
Expert was in charge of a high production automotive electronics manufacturing plant that molded and assembled connectors related to the automotive industry. The plant was a tier-one supplier to major automotive manufacturers.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1977 to 1990 Employer: Olson International and Olson Metal Products Title: (Undisclosed) Department: Texas and Mexico Divisions
Responsibilities:
During this extended period, Expert served the Texas contract metal stamping plant and supervised the startup of the new facility in Matamoros, Mexico.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: to 2004 Country / Region: Mexico Summary: He is fluent in Spanish and this skill in combination with expertise in high production metal stamping tooling is rare. He lived in Mexico for over 8 years, becoming intimately knowledgeable in the ways of Mexican manufacturing and customs. He performed extensive technical training in Spanish in various plants. He has been in charge of two new plant startups in Mexico and assisted in a third.
Years: to 2005 Country / Region: Canada Summary: He was involved in an automotive stamping project involving oversight of tooling design and construction in Ontario.
Years: 1971 to 1971 Country / Region: India Summary: He traveled to Calcutta to supervise the loading of concrete reinforcing steel for export to the US.
Years: 1991 to 1991 Country / Region: Taiwan Summary: He toured various manufacturers of personal computer chassis and brackets to learn the state of the art.
Years: to 2006 Country / Region: Mexico Summary: Assisted a US corporation in the purchase of an existing manufacturer of steel joists in Juarez.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has served as an expert witness in court on the topic of metal stamping tooling.
As an officer in the US Navy many years ago, he attended Naval Justice School to learn to handle courts martial—a practice similar to prosecutorial law.

Two years ago he went on an assignment to testify before the High Court of Singapore in a matter regarding a dispute involving the manufacture of stamping presses and dies, or rather the failure to do so. I testified as an expert witness for the plaintiffs and they prevailed. This was not a jury trial, but instead was held before a single judge.

Much earlier in his career he testified for the plaintiff in a similar, but much smaller case where a supplier of stampings (metal parts made of sheet metal) failed to deliver a functioning product. He believes the plaintiff won in that case also.
Training / Seminars
Over a period of years he developed training in Spanish and English in the area of high production metal stamping tooling.
Vendor Selection
He has assisted a client who was moving into Mexico in the acquisition of metal stamping vendors, and another who was purchasing a steel joist manufacturing plant in Mexico.
Marketing Experience
In the late 1980's he established a line of aftermarket products in the personal computer industry and personally brought them to market.
Other Relevant Experience
He has had a unique combination of formal engineering training and education, followed by many years of intensive hands-on practical experience in making metal stampings and the construction of tooling. This is a combination of skills not commonly found in this industry. His language skills make his skill set even more unique.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Spanish He is fluent in Spanish, having lived and worked in Mexico for over 8 years. He has done translating in a variety of informal settings, as well as speaking to groups in Spanish.
French He is in his third year of French study. Has taken the equivalent of 14 hours of college French. Has basic verbal ability.

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