Palmer Stevens' Qualifications

Project Experience

Mr. Stevens has been full time in industry since 1986. He has been a key team member in numerous projects - including the following:

n Small parts manufacturing plant Designed and implemented a material pull system for a plant in Mexico that assembled 34 million parts a month. Integrated the MRP (QAD) system with many of the plant's functions.
n Machine and Tooling Shops Integrated one company’s scheduling and capacity planning systems with their other business processes and strategies. Selected and implemented a new enterprise wide integrated manufacturing management system at another firm after reviewing current business processes, hardware and software.
n Internet Telephony Installation Process Management Integrated the processes and project management systems and tools for installation at hundreds of sites worldwide of thousands of IP telephone users.
n VoIP Network Configuration Management Designed and built a web-based system using SQL Server 2000 and ASP.NET to manage VoIP (IP Telephony) configuration and release management for a global network. This system manages hardware and software releases to network servers and network devices and integrates automated network data collection tools for testing and verification. Managed configuration, security, sessions and operation of Microsoft network web servers (IIS) using Active Directory and other corporate standards and tools. Used VB.NET for data migration and cutover - assisted by team.
n Quality Control and Visual Inspection Lines Modeled and simulated labor and testing equipment requirements for new product introductions.
n Automotive Assembly Stamping Plant Modeled and simulated production and storage requirements and automated layout of warehouse.
n Carburetor Plant in Mexico Performed Goldratt style assessment. Designed and implemented Pull Systems and overhauled processes around floor material movement, storage and purchasing. Integrated with their MRP (QAD) system
n Software Development Organization Documented business processes and upgraded them to include professional project management and quality (ISO/CMM) best practices.  The processes were implemented on the extranet as a foundation for a digital workflow strategy.
n Gear and Axle Plant and a Spare Parts Stamping Plant Member of the manufacturing opportunity assessment team that identified operational issues limiting manufacturing and financial performance and prioritizing recommendations
n Woodworking Plant Documented and stabilized plant floor and other processes. Improved flow, quality and on-time deliveries.
n Truck Assembly Plants Primary engineer for modeling paint shop and resequencing processes using simulation techniques. A savings of $2.5 million was documented in one plant
n Truck Manufacturer Accelerated Synchronous Implementation Team. Facilitated workshops and reengineered assembly processes
n Truck Assembly Plant Retooling Modeled and analyzed proposed layouts of body shop, paint shop, engine, chassis, and trim line workstations
n Grey Iron Foundry Project engineer and leader for the installation of two Statistical Process Control systems
n Metal Fabrication Plant Reengineered and simplified information flow to facilitate capacity planning decisions
n Truck Assembly Plant Simulationist: modeled the body resequencer for improved assembly line balancing
n Van Development Team Modeling engineer for improving assembly line layout.
n Assembly Plants Developed PC/Windows based tools to facilitate the migration of the industrial engineering functions to floor supervised work teams while implementing agile manufacturing principles. Also, developed a tool for GM’s international capacity planning. Both tools were adapted a common systems for GM.
n Foundries Simulated the process of material delivery to determine optimal resources. Led study to determine the economic feasibility of new technologies for improving dimensional conformance for castings from GM Foundries Also, designed and implemented a Statistical Process Control system for furnaces to improve casting quality

Before joining EDS in 1990, Mr. Stevens worked for an engineering consulting firm. He actively participated in projects for numerous clients.

Industry Experience

n Metal Stamping              3 months in 4 GM plants and 3 months with headquarters staff at the Spare Parts Organization (SPO) 1992-93,97
n Tool & Die Shop          6 months integrating scheduling and plant floor material flow systems. Selection of new hardware and software 1994-95
n Software     6 months clarifying and streamlining development processes 2001
n VoIP Networks     22 months integration systems and processes 2001-2004
n IP Telephony     12 months managing the installation processes 2001
n Woodworking     7 months at a door manufacturer in Grand Rapids 1996
n Truck Assembly 4 months in many GM plants and 5 in central support offices of the Truck Group 1992-95
n Auto Assembly     9 months in several GM luxury car assembly plants 1994-95,98
n Automotive Parts   2 months in Delphi Saginaw Division plants, 10 months in carburetors and ignition module plant 1991,98-99
n Foundry           10 months in 3 of GM's Foundries and 4 in the central engineering support group 1990,97
n Electric & Gas Utilities 3 years of business/project feasibility studies 1986-90
n Petroleum                   2 years as student chapter vice-president of the Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE 1982-84

Technical Experience

Plant Floor Experience Management Information Tools MIS, Process Improvements, Machine Shop Scheduling Algorithms/Process, Material Systems, Enterprise-wide Hardware and Software Selection. Assembly Plant Conveyor & Mixed Bank Simulations, Line Balancing, Toyota Production System, Rapid Process Improvement Workshops, Numerical Control NC programming, Statistical Process Control, etc.
Computer Experience Proficient in ASP.NET, VB.NET, XML, SQL Server,, VisualBasic for Applications with MS Excel, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Outlook,   Also, HTML/Web Scripting, WITNESS, Competent in MS FrontPage, Data Modeling and Mainframe to PC downloads and various MRP/ERP systems, such as, QAD and JobBoss.
Business Analysis Analysis run from data downloads from various systems, detailed financial models of electric utility corporations, profitability on marketing programs, Inventory, Lead-time and rework analysis from orders databases, Project Man-Power summaries & project management processes.

Education & Certifications

n MBA in management science
n Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
n Certified Manufacturing Engineer by Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Certified Enterprise Integrator by Society of Manufacturing Engineers

n Project Management Professional by PMI
n Michigan Licensed Professional Engineer - PE
n Competent Toastmaster Certification
n EDS' Manufacturing Enterprise Leadership - 9 week full time training
n EDS' Engineering Systems Engineering - 10 week intensive training
n Graduate studies in Expert Manufacturing Systems