May 2013 – February 2014

Presented by Peter Carlsson, Vice President of Supply Chain, Tesla Motors, and hosted by the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of APICS (American Production and Inventory [...]
Lean Six Sigma by Peno Pan, a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt @ Los Charros Restaurant
Tuesday @ 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Peno Pan is a certified lean/ six sigma black belt and PMP project manager with 30 years of engineering and management experience spanning all functional [...]
Best Practices (and Pitfalls) in Developing and Managing Supply-Chain Reporting @ TBD (Silicon Valley, California)
Tuesday @ 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Reporting is key to an efficient, responsive, lean, and profitable supply chain.  Yet reporting is often seen as (and is) a real obstacle to improvement. In [...]
Tuesday – 07/11/2013 all-day
From silicon to software to systems, SEMICON West showcases the world’s best technology companies from across the micro-electronics supply chain and beyond. This event brings [...]
Demo of Desktop Robot for Automated Assembly @ Qualcomm, Inc.
Wednesday @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Tempo Automation discusses its desktop printed-circuit-board assembly robot.
Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) Overview @ Los Charros Restaurant
Thursday @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Joe Clancy will give a dinner presentation on Sales & Operations Planning, covering: What is S&OP? Why is S&OP needed in organizations? Challenges to be [...]
Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, FATHOM’s creative team of engineers and designers work with some of the most innovative companies in the [...]
Come hear from state representatives about new and existing programs and policies designed to help California’s manufacturing businesses.  More info:
3D Printing Conference and Expo @ DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Tuesday – 09/18/2013 all-day
3D printing is  impacting what we eat, wear, build, drive, fly, and shoot. Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo,  “the” B2B tradeshow for the 3D [...]
PCB West 2013 Conference & Exhibition @ Santa Clara Convention Center
Tuesday – 09/26/2013 all-day
UP Media Group Inc., a leader in delivering targeted events to the PCB supply chain, is bringing PCB West 2013 back to the Silicon Valley [...]
Strategies in Light LED conference @ Santa Clara Convention Center
Tuesday – 02/27/2014 all-day
For fifteen years, Strategies in Light has been dedicated to providing the LED and lighting industry with an unparalleled standard of excellence in quality conference [...]

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    • “At Western Digital, I brought in Bob Kotcher based on his exemplary job performance, project management skills, academic & practical knowledge, and teamwork/communications skills, all of which Bob had repeatedly demonstrated to me when I had the opportunity to work with him prior to Western Digital. Bob brought with him world-class academic credentials and a simply outstanding knowledge of Factory Physics, including Capacity Modeling, Cycle-Time Simulation, and Lean Manufacturing. Bob is a great guy to work with and would be a valued member of any operations staff wanting to improve its productivity and/or lower operating costs. He won’t let you down.”

      Guy Harper – Engineering Projects Director
      Calisolar, Inc.
    • “At MMC, Bob initiated and led numerous cross-functional process improvement teams that made significant improvements to our production. For example, in one area, he linked together several disparate operations into a cell, reducing cycle time and WIP by 97% and saving $220,000 a year in labor and damaged product.”

      John Kim – Director, Thermal Reactor Process Engineering
    • “At Headway Technologies, we were planning a major capital investment in an additional photolithography stepper tool in order to improve throughput at this bottleneck. Bob did a Monte Carlo simulation analysis of this area and found something that none of us had suspected. The capacity at this work-center was actually operator-constrained, not machine-constrained. He showed us how, by adding operators, we could meet the required capacity increase. A few additional operators in the photolithography area kept these tools at an optimum utilization and this extra Opex was a small fraction of the capital depreciation that another stepper would have cost.” 

      Guy Harper – Engineering Projects Director
      Calisolar, Inc.
    • “At each company that he works with, [Simitar founder Bob Kotcher] strives to improve day-to-day operations, and thus to improve the bottom line.  Bob is not afraid to present politically unpalatable truths, if his work suggests that a change will lead to overall improvement.”

      Dr. Jennifer Robinson – Chief Operating Officer
      Fabtime, Inc.