• Industrial Engineering

    Industrial Engineering

    Facility design based on world-class, lean operations models to achieve productivity, sustainability, and future capacity requirements. Read More
  • Supply Chain Development

    Supply Chain Development

    Aligning the company's supply-side partnerships with its demand-side customer relationships to achieve seamless harmony through the supply chain. Read More
  • Software Development

    Software Development

    Interfacing with ERP using tools such as AngularJS, .NET, PHP, and MeteorJS to simplify user-facing production and supply-chain systems. Read More
  • Product Cost Management

    Product Cost Management

    Modeling product cost and developing market-driven, goal-based project plans to meet future profit margin and quality requirements. Read More
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Software Development

Interfacing with ERP using tools such as AngularJS, .NET, PHP, and MeteorJS to simplify user-facing production and supply-chain systems.

Product Cost Management

Modeling product cost and developing market-driven, goal-based project plans to meet future profit margin and quality requirements.

Industrial Engineering

Facility design based on world-class, lean operations models to achieve productivity, sustainability, and future capacity requirements.

Supply Chain Development

Aligning the company's supply-side partnerships with its demand-side customer relationships to achieve seamless harmony through the supply chain.

Edward J. Palen

Ed Palen

Professional Experience

Technology Consultant
Project Engineer - Fortune 100 Space & Defense Mfr.
Director of Advanced Process Development - Optoelectronics Contract Mfr.
Member of Technical Staff - Fortune 100 Space & Defense Mfr

 

  • Optoelectronic Packaging Solutions
  • Product Development
  • Assembly Processes & Manufacturing
  • Precision Align & Attach Processing
  • Risk Mitigation
  • Team-Building
  • Product Development
  • Technical Marketing
  • Motivation Strategies
  • Fostering Innovation
  • Effective Presentations
  • Problem Solving
  • Efficient Manufacturing Set-up
  • Effective Communication
  • Optoelectronic Packaging
  • Expert in optical component alignment and attachment techniques.
  • High volume laser welding with sub-micrometer precision optical alignment.
  • Qualified numerous optoelectronic assemblies to Telcordia requirements.
  • Developed manufacturing processes for: alignment and packaging for single mode and PM optical fibers with high data rate transmitters, receivers, modulators, SOAs, arrayed fiber alignment to DWDM planar waveguides, tunable lasers, pump lasers, and MEMS optical switches. Processes included fiber metallization, fiber pigtail hermetic seal, fiber tip lensing, and silicon micro-benches.
  • Lowered manufacturing costs through design of processes, product, tooling, and automation.
  • Led review of business plans for investment opportunity, scale, technical challenges, market demand, pricing, cost and schedule risk in start-up ventures.

ELECTRONIC PACKAGING:

    • Resolved manufacturing and design problems for telecom microelectronics resulting in cost savings, increased production yields and timely delivery of product.
      Introduced advanced electronic packaging for high density RF and milliwave electronics.
    • Implemented automated assembly processes for the production of electronics used in commercial and military programs involving: pick & place automation and PWB automated surface mount assembly; flip-chip attach; wire bonding, metallization, soldering and plating issues; fatigue and thermal/mechanical stress survivability analysis; cleaning processes; adhesive and polymer applications; subcontractor support and quality control.
    • Designed automotive electronic packaging used on General Motors Cadillac production line.
    • Pioneered development of low-cost sensor technologies for product commercialization in real-time detection of chemical and biological agents.

 

Education

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, 1991, University of California, Los Angeles
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, 1986, University College London, London University, England

Personal

U.S. Citizen Professional Engineer #CH5119, State of California. Knowledge of French, studying for proficiency.
Author of six US and worldwide patents granted or pending ...including US#6205266 "Active Alignment Photonics Assembly"

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Consulting Approach

DeHart Consulting is unique among manufacturing management consulting firms in that we use a team-based approach in the vast majority of our assignments.  We have found over the years that results are much better when the client's personnel are brought into the work early and when key client stakeholders are involved with our lean manufacturing consultants. While this approach requires an investment of time from the client, it increases overall commitment and a buy-in that paves the way for the implementation of the work. 

It also provides a positive work environment, which is productive and essential to the overall effectiveness of any industrial engineering project and the success of our clients. This is especially the case in lean manufacturing consulting assignments where the result of the work requires considerable change management.

Experience and Background

DeHart Consulting has conducted operations and supply chain strategy, facility design, and business process re-engineering engagements in industries as varied as semiconductors and sporting goods, but the vast majority of our manufacturing management consulting experience is in the electronics and photonics space.  DeHart Consulting's consultants have designed lean manufacturing, focused factories for the assembly of photonic amplifiers, assembled supply chains for high-volume electronic sub-assemblies, and created software for the implementation of demand-pull materials management systems. 

The thread running through this body of work is our belief that the success of any consulting firm is pinned to the success of its clients and we strive to help them out-learn and outperform their competitors.  We have found that when companies couple their internal manufacturing operations knowledge to our external lean manufacturing consulting knowledge, great things result!