Michael Unmann is an accomplished Senior Executive, Entrepreneur, and Advisor with more than 35 years of success in the manufacturing, medical device, aerospace, defense, and automotive industries. Leveraging extensive experience in OEM machining and fabrication, Michael is a valuable asset for manufacturing companies of various sizes and stages of growth that are seeking expert assistance with increasing overall equipment effectiveness and problem-solving. Michael’s broad areas of expertise include business development, management, operations, lean manufacturing, and Six Sigma.
Throughout his executive career, Michael has held leadership positions at several manufacturing facilities and has also served as an advisor. In 2010, Michael founded PURE Precision LLC, an international advisory to the precision machining industry providing management support and training, LEAN and OEE optimization. Recently, Michael managed a large project for a Tier 1 medical device manufacturer. Under Michael’s advisory, the manufacturing and efficiency improvements have driven over $2M in EBITDA for the manufacturer. Michael has supported clients on the road to Operational Excellence. Possessing detailed knowledge of what is entailed in a ‘Setup’ he has employed the LEAN methodology to reduce change-over downtime. Having roots in a job shop environment, running, managing and scheduling machines he recognizes the fact that the machine operators are the ‘Front Line’ to the discovery of constraints to throughput. Building on that premise he leverages input from the operators to drive equipment runtime increases in ‘Performance’, ‘Utilization’ and ‘Acceptance’ the three pillars of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). Increasing OEE will uncover hidden capacity, reduce overtime and increase profitability.
Marketed and grew industry sectors and scope of work for precision machining facility; Qualified and retained new customers for precision machined components; Gained reputation for “Can Do” provider for difficult and complex machined components; Established new OEM Machine tool customers for new PC based control; Successfully marketed new CNC machine tool at International Machine Exposition; Research; qualified and negotiated purchases of precision machinery; Research; qualified and negotiated purchases of support machinery; Research; qualified and negotiated purchases materials required for product manufacture; Research; negotiate and authorize software and hardware systems used in facilities; Successfully started and expanded a machine shop startup for steel foundry; Hired and trained machinists for low volume high mix casting machining facility; Hired and mentored CAD interns for machining drawings and reverse engineering; Hired and mentored machinist interns for machining; programming and setup
Increase precision machining facility manufacturing efficiency and output by standardizing production and inventory procedures; Designed and developed assembly methodology for elevator controller which increased production from 2 controllers a week to 25+ a week including; work-flow; purchase policy; assembly areas; wiring procedures and test procedures; Developed and optimized a interdepartmental work order and scheduling system for a 200+ person manufacturing facility with 13 department supervisors; Established and implemented standards for a multi-site manufacturing plant to control inventory to the manufacturing departments and off site warehouse; Founded and directed a manufacturing engineering group that implemented LEAN and supported new quality initiatives and efficient production procedures; Developed production process for a precision machined medical part that was only achieved by 3 other facilities in the US; Worked with engineering of major US medical technology corporation to develop a new product line for minimally invasive surgery; Designed and manufactured a custom machine tool to machine from bar stock complete part with close tolerances and milled and turned features; Produced and optimized process and programs for 5 axis milling machining for precious metal watch case production; Engineered; developed and marketed new CNC milling machine with PC based control; Worked with global CNC control designer to debug and sell new PC based product; Provided application engineering to enhance jewelry production for largest wedding band manufacturer in US; Establish ground up standards and procedures for startup machining facility; Developed technology plan for steel foundry to become competitive in advance foundry techniques
Prior to starting PURE Precision LLC, an advisory company for the precision machining industry, Michael has held several management positions across many industry sectors; Director of Machining Operations - Steel Foundry with low volume - high mix production; Senior Manufacturing Engineer - Contract manufacturer for the precision machining industry; Owner - Production casework supplier to commercial market; Manager of Manufacturing - Largest global OEM elevator supplier to the private contractor market; Partner - Company formed by an investment company to purchase manufacturing companies; Vice President - Medical Components precision machining facility
Michael has made several speaking engagements at industry events and universities such as Penn State Industrial Engineering College, SKILLS USA work force development conference and Monroe, Bethlehem and Easton Vocational Schools. Michael has promoted the education of the future manufacturing work force with his participation in Occupational Advisory Committee of Monroe, Bethlehem and Easton Vocational Schools, multi-year involvement in the ‘What's so Cool about Manufacturing’ program in which the 2015 submission won multiple awards for the middle school children who participated. Michael is currently a Technical Advisory Group Member at the MT Connect Institute and Occupational Advisory Committee for Vocational Education.
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