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Manufacturing challenges and opportunities in the 21st century
ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series
Mr. Jeffrey Eaton
Abstract: Exotic Metals is a Washington based manufacturer of precision sheet metal assemblies for the commercial and military Aerospace industry. Exotic supplies hardware found on every Boeing aircraft model as well as parts for Airbus aircraft and Pratt Whitney Jet Engines. Exotic has grown from a one man business started in a garage 50 years ago to a thriving manufacturing company of 1,200 employees. Today’s business climate contains numerous challenges including pricing pressure and competition from abroad. In addition, precision manufacturing skills such as welders and NC operators are increasingly difficult to find. After a brief introduction to examples of the type of hardware Exotic manufactures and the processes used to make them, we will focus on our vision for continuing success over the next 3 to 5 years. We will discuss the role we see automation playing through the use of tools such as robotics and laser welding. We will also profile several of the roles Engineers serve here at Exotic and the characteristics we are looking for when hiring.
Bio: Jeff Eaton received his BBA from UW-Oshkosh in 1989. In 2009 he received his Executive Development Certificate from the University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business. He is certified by the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) in both Integrated Resources Management (CIRM) and at the Fellowship Level in Production and Inventory Management (CFPIM). Jeff ’s expertise is in designing and implementing software and business processes that allow manufacturing companies to efficiently meet their regulatory, customer compliance and daily operating requirements. He has consulted with companies such a York International and Pepsi Ireland. For the past 11 years, Jeff has been the Business Process Director at Exotic Metals, an Aerospace manufacturing company located in Kent Washington where he leads a team of developers and analysts that support the business software systems.
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