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Expert in Product and Process Design Improvement, the Taguchi Experimental Design Technique

Expert ID: 729224 Michigan, USA

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Expert specializes in application and training of product and process design improvement using the Taguchi experimental design technique. As an independent consultant and trainer he has been serving the manufacturing industries world wide since establishing his own business in 1987. His primary focus is helping clients solve technical and production related problems through experimental investigation.

Since early 1980's, while employed with automotive industry in Detroit, Michigan, USA area, Expert has devoted much of his time helping the area industry learning and applying the Taguchi methods of experimental designs. Toward this goal, he has authored three textbooks and developed a software pacakge for design and analysis of the Taguchi experiments.

Specific areas where Expert can support your manufacturing process studies are:

Project Definition - Identifying projects with higher return on investment (ROI) and defining SYSTEM boundaries clearly, are important to project success.

Experiment Planning - Structured discussions to assure that "no stone is left un-turned" is necessary for effective outcome. We can facilitate the team discussions to determine project OBJECTIVES and key VARIABLES (Factors to study).

Experiment Layout - Fewer experiments that produce most information is the guiding principle. Based on planning discussions, we can prescribe plans that include test recipes and data collection instructions.

Running Planned Tests - Conducting test true to the plan is essential. If needed, we are available to help you conduct test with accurate parameters.

Analysis of Results - Objective and statistically valid analyses often reveal hidden factor behavior. We can evaluate test results to determine practicable conclusions and estimate expected performance improvement with confidence interval.

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The following are testimonials from clients with whom Expert provided consulting services:
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"Faced with the complex nature of our manufacturing process data analysis, we recently retained Nutek, Inc. to facilitate a few of our process problem studies. Based on methods prescribed and guided by the principal consultant, Expert, I was able to identify process parameters that produced significant improvement in performance. More importantly, the unique structured approach to work with the project team allowed me to methodically investigate and understand our process performance to a greater extent. Overall, my experience with Nutek, Inc. in study of our production problem has been highly satisfactory and cost effective.

In addition to application consulting service, we trained many of our engineering and quality professionals using the seminar by Nutek on Product and Process Design Improvement. Based on my experience, the Nutek 4-day seminar with application workshop has done an effective/outstanding job of preparing me for immediate applications to projects. Using the methodologies taught in the class, I have been able to apply the skills and carry out many successful experiments.""I would like to express our satisfaction for the excellent Design of Experiment seminar which you provided at the John Deere Dubuque Works this spring. At the conclusion of the seminar we received very good feedback on the level of instruction and in particular your enthusiasm and breadth of knowledge on the subject matter.

While positive feedback at the conclusion is important, the true test of a good class is whether or not the materials presented will change the way we do our business. I'm very happy to report that several engineers have incorporated the Design of Experiment approach into their engineering toolbox and have made decisions based upon its output. Because of our successful usage of the Taguchi-based design of experiment methodology, I like to extend to you an invitation for another seminar in Dubuque this spring."

Thank you for your service and look forward to seeing you again next year.

Brian J. Rauch
Manager, Advanced Research and Development, John Deere Industrial Equipment Division, Dubuque, Iowa.
"Ford Powertrain Operations has been doing business with Expert and Nutek, Inc. since August of 1989. We were involved in purchasing the Qualitek-4 software site license for all Ford employees worldwide to automate our design of experiments. We have sponsored more than 20 onsite four day seminar/workshops training to cover 400 employees.

Expert's teaching of the Taguchi approach and his focus on the application method has provided a practical approach to meet our needs. Our use of the Qualitek-4 software automates experiment layout and perform complex calculations to speed our experiment designs with effective solutions. Expert's consulting services also been helpful to solve several challenging experiments. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Expert to assist Powertrain Operations in our continuous improvement efforts.""I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the excellent instruction provided during the DOE course last month.

I have talked to most of the participants in person and read all the course evaluations and the response was very positive. Everyone felt that the course gave them a complete understanding of the Taguchi DOE methodology and most could immediately see an application in their day-to-day work.

I personally felt that you approached the subject (Taguchi DOE) in a very systematic way and therefore was easily understood. You provided excellent examples and exercises that allowed for a complete understanding of the subject. I would recommend this course to anyone who is missing this tool from their tool box."

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Detroit, Michigan - Warren, Michigan - Flint, Michigan - Sterling Heights, Michigan - Lansing, Michigan - Ann Arbor, Michigan - Livonia, Michigan - Dearborn, Michigan - Westland, Michigan - Toledo, Ohio

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1972 Degree: Ph.D Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: University of Missouri-Rolla, USA
Year: 1970 Degree: MS Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: University of Missouri-Rolla, USA
Year: 1968 Degree: BS Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Regional Engineering College, Durgapur, WB , India.

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1987 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal Consultant Department: Consulting and Training Responsibilities: He is the owner and principal consultant. Primary responsibilities include deliver training and consulting support to manufacturing clients.
Years: 1981 to 1987 Employer: General Motors Title: Manager, Test & Validation Department: Product Assurance Responsibilities: Introduce new quality improvement techniques and find ways to implement into the manufacturing and production activities.
Years: 1978 to 1981 Employer: General Motors Corporation Title: Engineering Analyst Department: Chevrolet Engineering Responsibilities: Expert specialized in analysis of vehicle structure for occupant crash worthiness. He was also involved prescribing cash tests of test vehicles for optimization of vehicle structure designs.
Years: 1976 to 1979 Employer: General Motor Corporation Title: Senior Project Engineer Department: Manufacturing Development Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for conducting research and development of new technologies for production of automotive assemblies and parts. He was also involved in procurement of computer aided design and manufacturing tools (software and computer equipment) for the manufacturing research groups within the division.
Years: 1973 to 1976 Employer: Burroughs Corporation Title: Senior Project Engineer Department: Printer Development Responsibilities: Expert was involved in design, test and development of high speed impact printer (1500 LPM printer) that was state of the art impact printer for the industry at that time.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1991 to 1994 Country / Region: Mexico Summary: Taught several 4-day seminar with application workshop on the Taguchi Experimental Design methods for Ford Motor Comapny's manufacturing plants in Chihuhua, Mexico. This seminars were participated by production and quality improvement specialists. The lecture for the session was simultaneously translated into Spanish language.
Years: 1993 to 1995 Country / Region: Czech Republic Summary: Conducted two 4-day seminar with application workshop over two years on the Taguchi experimental design technique. These sessions were sponsored by University of Ostrava in Ostrava, Czech Republic.The class discussions and lectures were simultaneously translated.
Years: 1998 to 1998 Country / Region: Canada Summary: Conducted training 4-day seminar with application workshop on the Taguchi method and other topics for plants of Ford Motor Comapny near Toronto and Windsor, Canada.
Years: 2003 to 2003 Country / Region: India Summary: Was invited by Jawharlal Nehru University in Hyderabad, India to present a 4-day seminar with application workshop on the Taguchi Methods for the graduate students and faculty.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ).
He is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and of Project Management Institute (PMI).
Licenses / Certifications
Expert is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Michigan since 1978.
He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has authored 3 textbooks (published 1990, 2000, & 2010) on the Taguchi experimental design techniques that are used by universities and quality improvement professional world wide. He also developed Qualitek-4 software for design and analysis of Taguchi experiments that is used by professional world wide.

Expert has published a number of articles and papers since 1970.
He also has been an adjunct faculty in Mechanical Engineering Depart of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan USA since 1978.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Expert is a pioneer in learning and implementing the Taguchi methodologies in quality improvement. This technique, developed in Japan in 1950's was first introduced in USA in the early 1980's. As an internal specialist within General Motors Corporation and later as an independent consultant and trainer, Expert has developed and delivered a large number of seminar/workshop since mid 1980's.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert has developed a special methodologies to apply the Taguchi experimental design technique for problem solving. As part of application steps, he has developed a new method to combine multiple objectives into a single evaluation (called Overall Evaluation Criterion, OEC) and also fine tuned a structure of experiment planning discussions suited for the production floor. Based on his application knowledge of the experimental design technique, he practices and teaches a special application steps that has proven effective with industrial practitioners.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Bengali Bengali is Expert's mother toungue and the language used at home with family.
Hindi He understands and speaks at low level of proficiency.
English Fluent.

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