• 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.

Mike G. Stephens

Mike Stephens

Professional Experience

Director, Engineering Services - Satellite Electronics Manufacturer
Vice President, Operations - Lighting Systems Manufacturer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager - RF Components Manufacturer
Engineering Manager – Hand-held Computer Manufacturer

Profit-minded, performance oriented manufacturing and operations professional offering 25+ years progressive experience in Plant Operations, R&D, Applications Engineering, Field Service, Manufacturing Engineering and Off Shore Procurement. A hands-on strategic planner, decision maker and problem solver with a proven track record of leadership and excellence in manufacturing by utilizing Lean Manufacturing and TQM techniques. Profit and Loss responsibility in addition to providing technical liaison support to external customers and suppliers.

  • Development and setup of electronic manufacturing processes, both domestic and offshore.
  • Leader of ISO 9000 certification teams.
  • Mechanical Design of laser diode transceivers for SAN market.
  • Set up of micro-electronic assembly line to manufacture integrated laser circuits: scribe/saw process through final test and burn-in.
  • Evaluation of battery manufacturing processes for computer applications
  • Produced complex cable TV power hybrids and communication devices for the military.
  • Responsible for all hermetic semiconductor devices produced in the Far East.
  • Set up of seven offshore semiconductor and PCB assembly facilities in the Far East and Mexico. Complete responsibility for plan layout, staffing, training, equipment selection and process control.
  • Created microelectronics facility for Xerox. Chief Engineer for microelectronics packaging at all Xerox division. Full manufacturing responsibility for R&D transfer to production.
  • Developed proprietary process to produce charge coupled devices for copy machines.
  • Formalized basic design rules for microelectronics packaging at each of the six companies.
  • Increased manufacturing yields to 95% from levels as low as 50% through material selection, process design and analysis of compatibility and tolerance at the design level.
  • Evaluated economics of automation and use of robotics. Where appropriate, designed and installed complete systems, reducing product labor content by 50%.

Education

Mechanical Engineering Program, Cerritos College, 1973
Business Major at Cal State University Fullerton, CA 1973 –1974
Served on S.E.M.I. Standards Committee on Hermetic Devices

Personal

Mr. Stephens was born in Southern California. He is married to Jackie and has four children.

 

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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!