Biography of Herman Keesee
With more than 35 years of experience, Mr. Keesee has held the positions of Vice President of Operations, Director of Engineering and Manager of Industrial Engineering. As a consultant with international experience, he has completed over 250 projects ranging from process improvement to the design and start-up of high tech manufacturing plants. As a manager in industry and as a consultant, Mr. Keesee has served such companies as: HB Maynard, Richard Muther & Associates, Gunter Geiger Systems LTD, Greenheck, Tenneco, Wells Vehicle Electronics, Siemens, Bush Industries, Kimball Office Furniture, Geiger Brickel (Herman Miller), AGCO, Clorox, Cottrell Trailers, The Lane Company, Proctor Silex, JLG Industries, Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry, Continental Tire, Thonet Industries, Hess Manufacturing, The Federal Reserve Bank, Gopher Resources, and others. Typical responsibilities have included:
· Define and specify new advanced technology processes for manufacturing companies. Prepare block and detailed plant layout after new technology selection and prepare plant manual describing how the new process should work.
· Prepare training course to be used for existing employees and new hires introducing upgraded technology including training over 100 people and providing OJT’s, Job Aids and sample Work Instructions.
· For a leading manufacturer of agricultural machinery, planned the re-layout of their largest sheet metal fabrication facility(>300,000sf), from receipt of steel coil, through laser cutting, punching and forming. Identification of value streams among 8,000 unique parts, based on sheet gauge, part types and end use. Proposed improved material handling methods in conjunction with layout changes.
· Planned the layout and consolidation of two large welding shops into one – over 50 manual and robotic weld stations. Scope included storage of incoming parts and improved material handling methods to and from each weld station.
· Rearrangement planning for a maker of cosmetic and personal care products, from raw materials through compounding, filling, pack-out, and finished goods distribution. Improved material flow and floor-space utilization for capacity expansion.
· Design and set-up of high technology factories for the woodworking industry using of state-of-the- art process equipment, conveyors and automated material handling systems: Office furniture, custom kitchen cabinets, high end custom residential furniture, retail store fixtures, medium end bedroom furniture, work benches, counter tops, custom office furniture, medical furniture, architectural millwork.
· Design of chair manufacturing plants with lean workplace layout, equipment specifications, installation cost estimates and ROI.
· For a manufacturer of windows and doors: Planned and managed the consolidation of two factories into one with 50,000 square foot expansion. Doubled manufacturing capacity.
· Planned the consolidation of three printing plants.
· Reengineering and re-layout of the weld assembly shop for a leading manufacturer of automobile carriers. Line balance, ratio-delay studies to improve throughput and reduce flow times. Material handling and ergonomic improvements.
· Line balancing and process improvements, root cause analysis of process/product problems and facilitated problem solving with factory and management teams.
· Review of time standards, set-up reduction and flow time improvements for the machine and fabrication shops of a large agricultural implement plant.
· Extensive work with labor standards and job design to increase productivity and reduce costs. Conversion of legacy standards to predetermined time systems. Analysis of piece rate discrepancies. Establishment of labor grades and point systems to correct wage structures; writing of detailed job descriptions. Implementation of gain sharing.
Herman Keesee is a certified practitioner of Systematic Layout Planning (SLP). He is also a Certified Instructor for Maynard Methods Improvement and Time Study, certified in Detailed Work Factor, Basic Most, and Maxi-Most manual and computer predetermined time systems. Mr. Keesee has been a speaker at international trade shows and at Purdue University. He is a member of IIE, and former member of APICS, SAVE International, and the American Society for Quality