Over 20 years of engineering and management experience working on high-precision components from design through manufacturing including process and application development responsibility and key account management. A versatile dynamic leader with a proven record of accomplishment combined with strong technical background and significant experience in multi-organizational functions. Repeatedly demonstrated determination and excellent discipline of execution in all
Over 20 years of engineering and management experience working on high-precision components from design through manufacturing including process and application development responsibility and key account management. A versatile dynamic leader with a proven record of accomplishment combined with strong technical background and significant experience in multi-organizational functions. Repeatedly demonstrated determination and excellent discipline of execution in all aspects of product and process driven functions. I have consistently exercised broad level of influence from initial concept, application development, testing and prototype to manufacturing, production launch, tooling optimization and quality systems. Experience and execution at all levels including OE, Tier 1, Manufacturing floor, Prototype Shop and Tool room.
General Manager @ From April 2014 to Present (1 year 7 months) spartanburg, south carolinaPlant Manager @ Manage the operations on all levels. Restructured the organization to prepare for an expansion. Gained new customers and launched new contracts doubling annual sales.
Growing sales for the US Market
Implement accounting department
Implement project launch management
Launch >60 new products for >14 customers with annual sales of >6M
Responsible for >50 employees
Customer contact for new project launch
Responsible for, HR, Accounting, Manufacturing Operations, Quality, Customer Service, Delivery, and Sales.
Negotiations with vendors
Budget planning From March 2011 to March 2014 (3 years 1 month) Spartanburg SCProduction Manager @ Execute the start-up of a new production facility in Laurens SC to machine aluminum and brass products for the highly-diversified high precision products and applications. Manage the launch of new products. Manage projects for new production equipment.
Coordinate recruiting process for production, administration and quality staff.
Accountable for all administrative functions in the production department, included hiring,
terminating and disciplinary actions, wage scales, plant operations and etc.
Manage Production Supervisors and Technicians
Supervise Quality Technician
Create plant layout based on optimal material flow.
Conduct machine runoffs in Germany and US.
Select vendors for all production related periphery equipment.
Budget planning and control
Help implementing quality systems in preparation for TS ISO 16949 certification
Program and trouble shoot CNC machines
Operate Zeiss CMM using Calypso Software
In charge of all plant maintenance and process engineering
Achieved > 85% OEE on first product launch within two month From November 2007 to February 2011 (3 years 4 months) laurens, south carolinaManager Application Engineering & Product Development @ Develop new applications for growing the polymer and metallic bearings, bushes and thrust washers business for a diversified automotive and industrial market.
Execute sales strategies designed to take advantage of KS-Gleitlager's Germany's technological strengths and manufacturing footprint.
Supervise 2 Application Engineers, 1 Product Engineer and 1 Metrology and Surface Engineer
New Product Launch
Main Engineering and technical contact for Big 3 customers.
Restructure and develop the metrology and damage analysis group
Product Testing and Validation in conjunction with German R&D center and local testing facilities.
Responsible for all administrative functions in the responsible departments.
Budget planning and control From November 2006 to November 2007 (1 year 1 month) fountain inn, south carolinaProgram Manager New Products @ Manage the launch of new products from reviewing and processing costumer request for quote up to full production start up of new products. Manage projects for new production equipment for process improvements.
Responsible for quote calculations for new products.
Maintaining costumer RFQ files.
Manage cross plant projects between all KS Plants worldwide.
Supervise project status and progress between all involved departments including engineering,
production, sales, accounting, logistics.
Manage the production of prototypes between German and USA plant.
Process champion for the ISO/TS 16949 element costumer satisfaction. From September 2004 to October 2006 (2 years 2 months) fountain inn, south carolinaProcess and Production Unit Manager @ Managed the production of the polymer- and steel - bushing department including material preparations. Planned the moving of all tooling and documentations from the Indiana facility to South Carolina. Started the work at KS Bearings Inc. with the beginning of the relocation. Responsible for implementation and execution of tactical issues.
In charge of the production of the polymer- and steel bushes department, including material preparations.
Optimized shift and department schedules to improve machine and resource effectiveness.
Supervised 20 employees in a three shift system, including off shift supervisor
Supervised and coordinated training for operators between German and USA plants, avoiding
Decreased past due deliveries by 85 % in nine months.
Scheduled production in teamwork with logistic department, based on economic lot size quantities
to optimize inventory levels.
Improved housekeeping and organization of entire plant by implementing Kanban- and 5 S- System
Responsible for all administrative functions in the production department, included hiring,
terminating and disciplinary actions, wage scales, plant operations and etc.
Accountable to increase the productivity at all levels of manufacturing operations From October 2001 to August 2004 (2 years 11 months) fountain inn, south carolinaProject Manager Prototypes / Industrial Engineering @ Managed the production of the prototype department for plain bearings and bushings. Responsible for maintaining plant wide employee suggestion system for continuous improvement
Supervised 4 employees in the prototype department
Jointly responsible for the $5M Euro project of building up a high tech alloy coating line for high performance plain bearings.
Responsible for scheduling prototype production
Responsible for cost center planning
APQP / Feasibility Champion for new product production.
Checked all improvements turned into employee suggestion system technical and commercial.
Calculating cost benefit analysis and premium for all improvement suggestions. From June 1999 to October 2001 (2 years 5 months) papenburg germanyTechnical Supervisor @ Supervised and serviced the SAP maintenance program.
Re-organized the complete spare component inventory system to identify and optimize required
amounts of spare parts based on usage, cost and availability.
Targeted loss reduction by identifying highest cost machines based on costs of maintenance repairs,
downtime and improved efficiency.
Planned and ordered all supplies and services to optimize cost reduction and increase machine
effectiveness From April 1998 to May 1999 (1 year 2 months) papenburg germanyTool Maker / Maintenance Mechanic @ Worked independent as a toolmaker and maintenance mechanic after successfully completing the apprenticeship program as a toolmaker at KS Gleitlager GmbH, Papenburg
Built and maintained tooling according to blueprints.
Operated NC as well as CNC milling machines, wire EDM, boring machines, grinders and lathes.
Built and maintained production machines for plain bearings.
Maintained hydraulics and pneumatics on production machines. From January 1995 to March 1998 (3 years 3 months) papenburg germany
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Training @ SCMEP From 2015 to 2015 Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training @ SCMEP From 2014 to 2014 Leadership Training for Managers @ Dale Carnegie Training From 2014 to 2014 301 Principles of Managerial Accounting @ Furman University From 2014 to 2014 Accounting 111 – Principles of Accounting – Financial Accounting, Accounting, A- @ Furman University From 2013 to 2013 Ausbildereignungsprüfung @ IHK From 1999 to 1999 Maschinenbautechniker, Machine building @ Technical School Papenburg From 1995 to 1999 Kreisrealschule Rheiderland From 1986 to 1990 Michael Meints is skilled in: Continuous Improvement, 5S, Manufacturing, Automotive, APQP, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Process Engineering, ISO, Process Improvement, Poka Yoke, Kanban, Manufacturing..., Product Development, Machine Tools, FMEA, Quality System, Toyota Production System, TS16949, PPAP, Root Cause Analysis, Logistics, Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Quality Assurance, Purchasing, SPC, Quality Management, Contract Negotiation, Manufacturing..., Machinery, Project Management, TPM, Industrial Engineering, Stamping, Machining, Product Quality, 5 Why, Mechanical Engineering, PFMEA, 8D Problem Solving, Contract Negotiations, High Precision..., Plant Budgeting and..., Product Development..., Prototype, and Tool..., Cnc, Lean Six Sigma, ISO/TS 16949, CNC
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