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Advanced Manufacturing: Metrics that Matter - Linking Business, Engineering, and the Modern Manufacturing Operation
Webinar: Thursday, October 25, 2012
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Advanced Manufacturing: Metrics that Matter - Linking Business, Engineering, and the Modern Manufacturing Operation

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Among the top issues facing the aerospace and defense industry is an integrated transition path between business, engineering, and manufacturing.

Join us as we examine solutions and approaches designed to:

  • Build transparency, from metrics used in manufacturing through overall business unit performance
  • Improve credibility and confidence in data collection from business operations through integration of sub-assemblies on the floor
  • Increase efficiency in transitioning engineering changes into production know-how and execution

Who Will Benefit From This Webinar?
Manufacturing and mechanical engineers, integrated product team leads, operations and manufacturing executives, and those who are responsible for building civil and defense aviation and rotary wing aircraft.


Mark Correll, Director of Production Systems Optimization, Rockwell Collins Operations

Mr. Correll is the Vice President of Commercial Systems Manufacturing Operations at Rockwell Collins. He is responsible for leading an organization that manufacturers Communication, and Aviation Electronics systems and products for Commercial applications worldwide. His prior experience at Rockwell Collins include: Vice President of Government Systems Manufacturing Operations, Director of Lean Transformation, and several plant manager positions. His Rockwell Collins experience spans 25 years with another 6 years manufacturing experience outside Rockwell Collins.

Mark has demonstrated success in driving Lean Transformation and employee engagement. One of his most notable accomplishments was the establishment of a strong company/union partnership in the Coralville facility that facilitated the creation of a culture of continuous improvement that drove transformational performance improvement.

Mark obtained a B.A. in Business (Production Management emphasis) from the University of Northern Iowa and an EMBA from the University of Iowa. He also is an active member of the National Association of Manufacturers.

Julie Fraser, Principal, Iyno Advisors

Fraser an independent advisor with 25 years’ experience in manufacturing, supply chain, intelligence and enterprise systems. She works with clients on strategy and execution. Notable recent public research studies have been in manufacturing performance metrics and medical device manufacturing issues.

Previous positions were with Cambashi, Industry Directions, Baan, and AMR Research as well as Cutter’s CIM Strategies newsletter. Fraser is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, ISA, and MESA International. Hundreds of her articles, papers, reports and presentations that have fueled business success are available.

Brian Groves, Director of Product Marketing, Deltek

Brian Groves is a Director of Product Marketing at Deltek. Brian is responsible for many of the company’s financial management and project manufacturing product offerings. Brian is a significant contributor to Deltek’s industry leading Clarity surveys, and has more than 20 years of experience in helping large organizations to leverage enterprise software products and best practices. Brian works with many large organizations to improve their government contracting systems and processes, in critical areas such as business development, financial management, and project manufacturing, and is a frequent public speaker in this area.

J. Michael Kauffman, GE Aviation Center of Excellence

Mike began his career with GE in 1994 joining the Manufacturing Management Leadership Program, where he held assignments with NBC in New York City and GE Appliances in Louisville, KY.

Mike joined GE Aircraft Engines based in Cincinnati, OH in 1996. He began his career working multiple technical roles in GE Engine Services, an organization focused on servicing the fleet in operation. Mike holds multiple process patents related to the repair and overhaul of turbine components. In 1999, Mike earned his Six Sigma Black Belt certification leading projects focused on the e-business connection between GE Aircraft Engines and the airlines.

In 2000, Mike moved into operational leadership running the $200M/year aftermarket service center in the Cincinnati area responsible for refurbishment of turbine airfoils. In 2002, Mike transitioned to become the plant manager of the repair facility shop in McAllen, Texas. Mike had responsibility for the $300M/year operation and managing the partnership with the maquilladora located in Reynosa, MX. In 2004, he assumed the role of plant leader for the Unison operation in Dayton, OH. Unison manufactures and repairs tubing and ducting systems for airframes and engines. During this time Mike also had operational responsibility for the Thailand and Mirabel, CN operations. In 2007, Mike became the plant manager for the Peebles Test Operation in Peebles, OH. Peebles test operation is the worlds’ largest outdoor engine test facility responsible for the development and certification testing of new engines and product acceptance of nearly 80% of all engines delivered by GE Aviation. He oversaw $100M in facility investments in upgrades and preparation for the development of the F136 JSF engine and the GEnx. Mike was directly involved in the certification of the GEnx & CF34-10A engines and the first JSF STOVL testing. In 2009 Mike took the role as leader of Global Machining and Fabrication sourcing, responsible for $1.2B annual spend. He was responsible for the quality, delivery and cost of over 250 global and domestic suppliers.

In 2011 Mike transitioned into his current role as the General Manager of the Rotating Parts Center of Excellence. In his role he has responsibility for the entire manufacturing value stream for the rotor components for all GE engines. He has responsibility for plants in Hooksett, NH, Wilmington, Asheville and West Jefferson, NC and serves on the BoD of Venture Aero Bearings JV located in Charleston, SC and serves on the BoD for TEI located in Eskisehir, Turkey. Both JV are dedicated to the manufacture of highly technical rotating components. As part of this role and a commitment to the substantial GE Aviation presence in the Carolinas, Mike has relocated the CoE office to Raleigh, NC to be co-located with operations.

Mike received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio State University.

Outside of GE, Mike enjoys spending time with his family, youth sports and being involved in the community.


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