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George Bedorf – Principal Consultant
Key Technical Areas: Process Improvement, Cost Reduction, New Product and Process Introduction, Management Systems (ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001), Strategic and Business Planning.
Bio: During more than 43 years in the connector industry, George established a record of success with strategic planning and tactical implementation using process improvement methodology. He has expertise in the use of planning and improvement tools to improve both business and manufacturing processes. He has extensive hands-on experience in the development and implementation of new processes and the introduction of new products into manufacturing. He has knowledge of high-speed progressive stamping, continuous strip plating, injection molding, and in-depth knowledge of all levels of assembly. His management experience includes Director of Quality Assurance at AMP Incorporated. George has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Here is a short presentation by George Bedorf on Problem Solving 8D (click on the link to play the presentation)
Charles (Chuck) Blichasz – Senior Consultant
Key Technical Areas: EMC, Surge Protection, EMI/RFI Filters Shielding and Gasketing, ESD, Magnetics, RF Connectors, Value Added Products, High Speed Cable Assemblies, Signal Integrity, Marketing, Program Management, Strategic and Business Planning.
Bio: Chuck has over 43 years of experience with interconnection and value added products including EMI/RFI filters, shielding and gasketing, surge protection devices, high-speed impedance controlled cable assemblies, integrated magnetics products, surge protection and specialty products for the medical, industrial, networking and telecommunications industries. Past assignments include; Director of Business Development for Signal Integrity Products; Program Manager for High Speed Cable Assemblies; Development Engineering Manager for networking and RF interconnects; Industry Market Manager for Medical, Industrial and Telecommunications; International Product/Market Manager; Product Manager for military and commercial RF interconnects; and industrial liaison with Duke University’s Biomedical Engineering Department.
David W. Fisher – Senior Consultant
Key Technical Areas: Test and Reliability Engineering, with emphasis on both Passive and Active Optical products—multimode and single-mode fiber types, Supplier Quality Engineering, New Product Development processes, Product Design Review, Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), HALT/HASS, 8-D Analysis, Design of Experiments, Statistical Analysis, Six Sigma Green Belt, Micron/Sub-micron Metrology, AS9100, ISO-17025 and ISO-9001, 14001, 45001.
Bio: Dave has over 33 years experience in the electrical/optical interconnect industry in the areas of Test, Reliability and Quality engineering. Finishing his career at TE Connectivity (formerly AMP), he held the position of Fiber Optics Test Lab Manager . He has led New Product Development processes, helped define and implement measurement solutions for micron and submicron dimensional characteristics. Dave has an A.S. in Electrical and Electronics Technology, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology and completed coursework for an M.S. in Engineering Sciences—all at Pennsylvania State University. Dave has held American Society for Quality (ASQ) certifications in Quality Engineering, Reliability Engineering, and Quality Auditing (CQE, CRE, and CQA) and was an active member of the Harrisburg ASQ chapter, serving in various roles. Over the past several years he has performed supplier audits to assess compliance to AS9100, as well as ISO-9001, 14001, and 45001 to the most recent revisions of those standards. He has participated in the Telecommunication Industry Association (TIA) Fiber Optics Standards development effort for over 18 years and served as Chair of TR-42.13, TIA’s Subcommittee on Passive Optical Devices and Fiber Optic Metrology.
Jon Fortuna – Senior Consultant
Key Technical Areas: Product Design and Development, CAD Modeling, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Simulation Modeling, Project Management, Failure Analysis, Profit and Loss Analysis, Cost Reduction.
Bio: Jon has over 42 years experience in Product and Process Development. His accomplishments include the development of crimp and insulation displacement contacts, splices, shielded high-speed connectors, power connectors, board-to-board interfaces, and flex circuit systems. He also led the development of automotive fuses, termination tooling, IC sockets, PCMCIA sockets, cellular antennas, flexible optical fiber circuitry, fiber optic non-fusion splices, Single Mode and Multi-Mode connectors, fiber optic transceivers, DWDM add-drops and modules (mux, de-mux) and surge protection devices. Jon’s experiences in process development include high-speed plating and automated mold runner flow control. Jon held Director positions in both Product and Manufacturing Development while at AMP Incorporated and a Manager position in Product Development while at Phoenix Contact. He has a Bachelors Degree in Engineering Science and a Masters Degree in Engineering Mechanics
William Garver – Principal Consultant
Key Technical Areas: New Product Development, Cable Assemblies, Communication Networks, Problem Solving.
Bio: Bill has a total of 53 years experience in the connector industry, primarily in the management and direction of new product development and operational division management. He held the titles of Division Manager and Director of Development Engineering at AMP. He developed new products throughout the full product life cycle, concept through introduction, for numerous industries, including: consumer, commercial, computer, industrial, communications, and medical. He has vast experience with products having the following attributes: high density, low cost, insulation displacement, surface mount, high temperature, and environmentally sealed.
Joseph Haimovich, Ph.D. – Senior Consultant
Key Technical Areas: Metallurgy of Base Materials and Connector Finishes, Joining, Welding, Brazing, Soldering, and Contact Properties.
Bio: Joseph has over 34 years experience in the connector industry. He specializes in the metallurgy of base materials, contact coatings, solders and finishes, particularly tin and tin alloys, as well as lead-free finishes. His experience in connector industry spans intermetallic compound formation and growth, diffusion and corrosion in solders and contact coatings, including their effects on solderability and contact properties, tin whisker growth and tin pest prevention. He contributed to the development of new and improved types of contact coatings such as hot-air leveled tin (HALT) and initiatives supporting RoHS. Joseph provides technical support in development of new products, surface mounting/solder reflow, failure analysis, and technical training. Prior to work in connector industry, Joseph’s experience includes growth and analysis of compound semiconductors, and micro-structural and mechanical analysis of magnetic metallic glasses (amorphous alloys). He received a MSc. and a Ph.D. in Materials Science Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and an engineering degree from the Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Russian Federation.
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