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William R. Smith is an HMC consultant with a comprehensive background including distribution, warehousing and facilities management, project management and logistic management, in diverse organizational settings. He has demonstrated repeated success in logistic improvement programs in challenging environments. He recently completed a major review of warehousing and material handling issues for one of the top consumer products manufacturing companies in Bangladesh. He is based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Facilities Engineering - consolidation and expansion of commercial client from 5 small rented buildings to a 130,000 s.f. Engineering Laboratory, Office and Production Facility, Supervised all Construction, Renovation, Disassembly, transport, and re-Assembly of a company of 130 scientists and engineers. Managed all work between Architects, real estate brokers, General Contractors and Laborers, Coordinated detailed design reviews of all facilities upgrades.

Project Management - define requirements, constraints, objectives, and resources to manage all aspects of complex industrial projects. Generate and revise schedules, conduct management reviews and coordinate budgets and resources to achieve desired results, including design, build and installation of new capital equipment, warehousing equipment and facilities upgrades required to support production schedules.

Manufacturing Engineering - Process Analysis and Product Flow, Plant Layout and Equipment Installation, Capital Equipment justification using NPV and IRR methods. Tooling and gage design, process plans and work sequencing, Manpower planning and training, work instructions and document control to support all new processes.

Industrial Engineering - Analysis of Labor, direct, indirect, overhead, and Head-count reductions. Productivity increases through Material Handling Automation, bar coding systems for Inventory Control, Robotics, Simulation, Conveyors, and AS/RS devices and other form of equipment upgrades, ergonomics and stress reduction compliance, Occupational Health and Safety Improvements through process changes, training, and tooling improvements.

Previous Engineering Consulting Projects

  • Container Standardization, Warehouse Layout, Conveyor Systems Specification and Design, for Brink's Armored Car Services.
  • Engineering and consulting services in the fields of Third Party Logistics, Warehouse Management Software (WMS) Systems, and Operations Improvement. Clients were USPS & Ryder Dedicated Logistics of Miami. Assignments were in Functional Requirements definition and analysis, WMS vendor evaluation and selection for RISC-and PC-based platforms, strategic planning for market penetration and long term growth, site surveys and facility layouts, warehouse process modeling, simulations, and BPR.
  • Warehouse Layout and Design and Operational Procedures for GE Capital /TAVS in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Other clients were cold storage warehouse layout and manpower staffing of a 200,000 square foot facility for The Stellar Group of Jacksonville, FL and DFM/DFA simplification and work cell design project for commercial food service equipment manufacturer.
  • Served as Program Manager on Robotics Paint Stripping System (RPSS) - $5.5 MM program to automate and integrate a dry ice pellet (.040" diameter) cryogenic blasting process with ADEPT robot controllers and vision systems. Provided a non-toxic, environmentally safe method for paint removal on the fleet of F-15 aircraft, which are overhauled at Robins AFB, GA. Sub-contracted building construction, computer-based job scheduling, labor and cost tracking, implementation management, and customer interface were the key components of this assignment.
  • Operations Improvement Program with Booz-Allen & Hamilton/ConAgra-Longmont Foods, Longmont, CO. Developed a program to reduce direct labor head-count by more than 70 full time positions, saving the client more than $1.9 MM in payroll while reducing WIP and reducing product cycle time by more than eight hours (20%).
  • Micro-Coating Technologies, Atlanta as a facilities/relocation consultant transitioning a small high tech firm scattered in five rental properties into a single 130,000 s.f. Engineering R & D lab/office space.
  • General Motors of Doraville, GA with cost savings of $3.1 MM generated in minivan assembly operations. Also helped achieve ISO 9002 certification for first GM Assembly plant in the U.S
  • US Postal Service's Integrated Management System (IMS), Project Manager/Senior Consulting Engineer. IMS supports all bulk material handling operations and logistics effort at over 400 general mail facilities via a national network. Specification of shop floor control systems, demand forecasting, equipment modernization, and detailed operations scheduling systems are the project's major components.

Email: smithwr@h-m-c.com

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