Speaker's Bureau

Speaker's Bureau

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ALEX JONES

Alex Jones specializes in process improvement solutions that benet both organizations and individual employees. He draws upon extensive manufacturing and healthcare experience to implement process improvement methodologies such as Lean, Six Sigma, Training Within Industries (TWI), and Toyota Production System (TPS). By encouraging employee buy-in and training, Alex is able to increase worker capacity, safety, and ergonomics to ensure each employee is satised, productive and safe.

Presentations

Setup Reduction
Level: Entry Level to Executive Leadership
Takeaway: Flexibility is a critical competitive advantage in today’s marketplace and the ability to meet changing customer demand is dependent on an organization’s capability to setup or change. Moreover, it seems the simplest concepts such as increased machine capacity, setup time reduction, material cost reduction, and increased competitive edge are the most dicult ideals to achieve. With a Setup Reduction/Quick Changeover course, corporations will learn Lean principles to eliminate waste in processes by analyzing setup. 

Daily Continuous Improvement (DCI)
Level: Mid Management to Executive Leadership
Takeaway: The key to eective leadership is “coaching” your employees, instead of “directing” them. In a work culture that is in need of change, leading by example is a must, and there is no better way to learn this ideal than with DCI. The concepts taught help corporate management form advantageous habits through small daily experiments, which lower associate resistance to change and build a Kaizen culture.

Standard Work
Level: Mid Management
Takeaway: All companies strive to have the most eective combination of manpower, material, and machinery to reach protability. But, what is the best course of action to reach success? Understanding and utilizing Standard Work processes in Lean manufacturing and process improvement is key – from simplifying training for new workers to reducing safety and quality problems, Standard Work concepts help to build a foundation of continuous improvement.

KEN MAISCH

Maisch is a small business expert. He has spent more than four decades at the leadership level within the manufacturing industry; including, being the president for American Fan, Richards Industries, and CEEMCO Inc. It is Ken’s extensive knowledge and wide experience that makes him the best as what he does. As the Director of the Center for Small Manufacturers at TechSolve Inc., Mr. Maisch counsels manufacturing businesses with fewer than 50 employees in the areas of Operations, HR, Finance, Marketing, ROI, and Strategic Planning on a daily basis. Likewise, he is a frequent presenter for TechSolve at trade associations, sales organizations, and corporate meetings.

Presentations

Understanding Your Real Manufacturing Costs
Level: Mid Management to Executive Leadership
Takeaway: The simplest decisions can vastly impact a small business. From managing manufacturing costs to nding a skilled workforce, companies need to have a clear plan – as every choice made along the way aects protability and ultimate success. Learn how to answer questions like, “How do manufacturing costs impact the quotation process?” and “Does the cost-per-hour allow the company to be competitive in the markets served?”

MARK HUFFMAN

Mark Human joined TechSolve in 2007 as the Technical Lead for the Intelligent Machining Network. He works to create an intelligent, closed-loop machining system to help manufacturers achieve new levels of quality, repeatability, and productivity. Moreover, his skills in this area have qualied him to manage the Smart Machine Platform Initiative (SMPI), as well as the U.S. Army’s Intelligent Manufacturing Applications and Practices (IMAP) program.

Presentations

Additive Manufacturing for Repair
Level: Entry Level to Mid Management
Takeaway: Todays’ technology oers vast options when it comes to creating a product. But, when is it best to use additive procedures vs. traditional welding? Learn more about the process for additive technology usage and when it is most benecial to implement these concepts in the manufacturing eld.

Adaptive Machining for Variable Part Thickness
Level: Entry Level to Mid Management
Takeaway: Learn more about the dynamic eld of Adaptive Machining in this overview-style discussion. Moreover, gain a better understanding of how to utilize scanning technology to determine correct part thickness and adjusting NC code for 100% rst pass yield. Walk away with technical knowledge from rst-hand accounts and real-world examples.

SUE VIA 

Sue Via teaches and implements Lean Process Improvements to various types of organizations, from automotive to wood product manufacturers. She has designed, implemented, and sustained specialized Lean journeys that have resulted in cost savings, reduced inventory, higher quality, and reduced lead times. Sue Via uses her more than 32 years of experience in manufacturing as a foundation for implementing and teaching Lean principles. Her Lean simulations have ignited culture transformations in organizations.

Presentations

Problem Solving Fundamentals
Level: Entry Level to Mid Management
Takeaway: Implementing the Problem Solving methodology into everything you do is a proven path to success. Likewise, there is power in mastering the simplest, business concepts. Choosing to improve your skills in the area of Problem Solving is the rst step to dramatically increasing your organization’s ability to impact everyday business challenges. Moreover, learn how to become a powerful problem solver, critical thinker, and decision maker as these three skillsets are inseparable partners.

Habits and Their Impact on Sustainment
Level: Entry Level to Executive Leadership
Takeaway: Only by understanding human behavior and the impact of the right habits can one truly sustain improvements. Learn simple principles – everyone can do – that apply to everyday work environments.

21st Century Lean and Daily Continuous Improvement
Level: Mid Management to Executive Leadership
Takeaway: The concept of Lean is nothing new to manufacturing; however, the thought process towards Lean, itself, is constantly evolving as technology improves. Learn how Lean thinking has changed and what it means to an organization’s Lean initiative in today’s workforce. Moreover, in a constantly changing work culture, leading by example is a must. And, there is no better way to learn this ideal than with DCI. The concepts taught help corporate management form advantageous habits through small daily experiments, which lower associate resistance to change and build a Kaizen culture.

GEORGE ADINAMIS

George Adinamis has over 15 years of experience in manufacturing engineering, machining, non-conventional machining, and fabrication. Moreover, he has participated in concurrent engineering projects to achieve quality at cost through design for manufacturability within a compressed time table. He has experience with sheet metal forming and fabrication, Welding, Brazing; including, nearly 5 years of experience in non-conventional Electro Chemical Machining (ECM). George also has an extensive background is CAD design and drafting for special tools, xtures, gaging, and reverse engineering. He is one of the newest members to the TechSolve team, and is quickly becoming a valuable asset.

Presentations

Understanding Machinability of Materials
Level: Entry Level to Mid Management
Takeaway: Understanding the parameters for a particular application can be the key to achievement in many manufacturing and machining processes. Moreover, being able to determine ideal tool geometry and surface treatments for certain applications is advantageous as well. By better understanding the concepts for optimization of cutting speeds, deeds, and their eect on tool wear – as well as, having a keen knowledge for machinability comparison between dierent materials – associates will have a better foundation to create project success.

Costing of Manufacturing Processes
Level: Entry Level to Mid Management
Takeaway: Determining the costs to manufacture a product can be more challenging than one thinks. Learn how proper selection of manufacturing processes for a particular design is advantageous to product success and cost savings. Likewise, understand methodologies such as Design for Manufacturability and Concurrent Engineering. The concepts these methods provide will help organizations proactively design products to optimize all manufacturing functions, while assuring the best cost, quality, reliability, safety, and more!

Machining Optimization
Level: Entry Level to Mid Management
Takeaway: The demand for quality products prompts all companies to look more closely at manufacturing operations. Thus, the need to optimize processes is very real. Optimized Machinin is not reached by following a set of xed parameters; instead, it is achieved by utilizing a sequence of conditions to ensure continual success. Moreover, learn how to create eciency in your daily process by minimizing cycle time, setup time, and waste.

RADU PAVEL

Dr. Radu Pavel joined TechSolve in 2004 with extensive research and development skills in manufacturing processes, particularly machining and grinding. His focus is on process design and optimization, as well as process monitoring and control. By way of investigating, designing, and evaluating advanced technologies, he is always expanding his knowledge of advanced machining systems, and transitioning this knowledge to industry through hands-on implementation and training. Likewise, Dr. Pavel has published multiple papers in refereed conference proceedings and journals, and organized symposia focused on advances in material processing and inspection for the International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conferences (MSEC). He is currently Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Manufacturing Extension Division of ASME.

Presentations

Minimum Quantity Lubrication - an Introduction
Level: Entry Level to Mid Management
Takeaway: The conventional use of coolant lubricants costs a lot of money and can be hazardous to
environmental surroundings and occupational health. However, with the introduction of clean
manufacturing technology via dry machining with Minimum Quantity Lubrication (MQL),
machining costs can decrease while environmental quality and occupational health can increase.
Learn more about the MQL option, where it can be used, and what are the advantages and
challenges throughout the implementation process.
Adaptive Machining
Level: Entry Level to Mid Management
Takeaway: Generally speaking, Adaptive Machining is a concept that represents the adaptation of the cutter path to the actual shape and position of a part in the machining space—working with a part based on how it actually exists in reality, rather than working with a part based on its computer-generated ideal shape. This technology has a signicant impact on the manufacturing industry because it allows manufacturers to feel condent using composites in their manufacturing processes. Moreover, Adaptive Machining decreases the risk of wasted resources on reworking defective or malformed parts. Join the discussion to learn about Adaptive Machining and TechSolve’s approach to the process.

RON PIEPER

Ron Pieper joined TechSolve in 2010 to manage and develop VizProducts®, TechSolve’s suite of machine monitoring solutions. Ron joined TechSolve with over 20 years of experience in the CNC machine tool industry, having held positions with machine tool builders, distributors, and end users. His range of experience includes sales, product management, major account management, eld service and technical support management.

Presentations

The Path To Successful Monitoring
Level: Entry Level to Mid Management
Takeaway: Tougher competition in the marketplace is generating the need to better optimize resources, improve utilization, and reduce downtime. A well designed implementation plan for machine monitoring is the key to making informed decisions and increasing utilization of up to 20%. 

Increase Your Shop’s Financial Viability Through Machine Monitoring
Level: Entry Level to Mid Management
Takeaway: Comparing machine tool performance against clearly dened metrics can help you maximize utilization and therefore improve shop operations. Some topics that will be covered include the need for monitoring, applications for simple and enterprise-wide monitoring, and connectivity for CNCs and Non-CNC equipment.

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