Serving Asia from Asia
12015 Melody Drive
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
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What are the differences between off-shoring and business expansion outside of the US? These two definitions will be reviewed in preparation for a broader and more in depth discussion about Micro Motion, Inc. (MMI) analysis and action taken to support the growing Asian market.
Jim Decker, a project engineer, will review the MMI product base and the key manufacturing and testing processes that maintain their leadership in the fluid flow measurement market.
What were the recognized risks and opportunities associated with the undertaking? How were the risks mitigated and the opportunities leveraged? Competitive influence, business growth opportunities, decreased lead times, government incentives, labor quality and availability, materials supply base, economic stability and others will be discussed.
Lastly, how MMI’s business has performed and how their other manufacturing facilities have fared after the startup of the Asian factory will also be examined.
Mr. Decker is currently employed by Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation as a Continuous Improvement Engineer. Previous experience includes Welding Engineer supporting Atlas Centaur and Titan Centaur commercial rocket fabrication for General Dynamics Space Systems Division in San Diego as well as process development, process maintenance, NPI manager, expatriate Welding/Manufacturing Engineer in Chihuahua, Mexico and Technology Transfer Manager in Nanjing, China for Micro Motion, Inc. While at Micro Motion, Mr. Decker received a patent for developing a bimetallic induction brazing process (US Patent 6,374,478 B1 Method for Manufacturing Coriolis Flow Meter Assembly).
Mr. Decker graduated from College of San Mateo in California in 1983 with Associate of Science degree in Welding Technology and worked as a welder to support attending college at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California, where he graduated in 1987. Mr. Decker is a certified Lean Six-Sigma Black belt.