May 14 - 15, 2021, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI
Format: Online
Industry Sessions
Industry Session
Friday, May 14, 2021
11:00 AM

Doug Johnson
Operational Technology ManagerNexteer Automotive

Manufacturing Controls – History, Facts and Useless Knowledge
From the beginning of time, humans have created tools and equipment to make life easier. From horses and oxen to water wheels, life was hard; and in 1712, the invention of the steam engine transformed the world from muscle power to raw mechanical power. As time ticked on, designs, concepts and technology changed as electricity transformed the world. Equally significant to the transformation of industry was the birth of computers, the Programmable Logic Controller, and robotics. The topic of this presentation addresses the migration of Industry 1.0 through Industry 4.0 by taking an alternative approach to history while focusing on manufacturing controls. This presentation looks at the unique challenges industry must consider when migrating towards Industry 4.0 and provides insight into Nexteer Automotive's digital transformation.

Doug Johnson was raised in Warsaw, Indiana. After high school, Doug attended Purdue University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology in May 2000. After graduating, he relocated to Saginaw where he worked for General Motors Corporation filling various roles in Engineering and Maintenance. After 8 years of employment, Doug moved to Portage with Stryker Instruments in Kalamazoo as a Process Engineer working on manufacturing improvements and robotics. After one year of service, Doug decided to move his young family back to the Saginaw area to be closer to family. He joined Nexteer Automotive in November 2010 where he works in the Manufacturing Engineering group. His current position is Operational Technology Manager, managing three groups; Core Controls and Automation, Core Applications, and Core Infrastructure.
Doug currently lives in Freeland, Michigan with his wife of 19 years, Rachel, and three children - twins Caleb and Amolia (14), and Abbie (12).
Industry Session
Friday, May 14, 2021
11:45 AM

Jordan Kimble
Continuous Improvement Manager

Lean Manufacturing
  1. History of Lean.
  2. Introduction to the Toyota Production System and the adaption of "TPS" in the automotive industry within the US. (Operational Excellence)
  3. The 4 Capabilities of the Operationally Outstanding.

Jordan Kimble is a Continuous Improvement Manager for Gentex Corporation, leading the Continuous Improvement and Talent Development Team. He has worked at Gentex for 11 years in Supervision, Industrial Engineering, Customer Quality and Product Launch, and Continuous Improvement. Jordan has a B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering from Western Michigan University.