high mix manufacturing

Manufacturing and Operations Strategy Consultants

CalAmp, Inc.

  DEHART CONSULTING, INC.'s flow-based manufacturing methods enabled California Amplifier to significantly reduce floor space, manufacturing cycle-time, and overhead staffing requirements, reduce our material costs by nearly 20%, while over tripling California Amplifier's inventory turns to 10+...  

Fred Sturm, President and CEO California Amplifier, Inc.


Gene Smith

Professional Experience

  • Semiconductor Process Engineering
  • Semiconductor Capital Equipment
  • Factory Digital Transformation
  • Statistical Process Control
  • Six-Sigma Black Belt
Mr. Smith has over 30 years of experience in semiconductor process engineering and control beginning as an engineering associate at Cypress Semiconductor. His professional background includes etch and photolithography process development and the integration of digital factory assets. At Cypress, he was involved in the specification of new capital equipment for a 200mm fabrication facility, capital justifications for etch, photolithography, CVD, and furnace operations,  implementation of new plasma etch technology, and integration digital process control technologies.
In various assignments, he has selected, installed, developed recipes and qualified new etchers for next technology nodes, written operational & maintenance specifications, created training materials, eliminated downtime and rework from defective materials and processes, analyzed years of metrology, maintenance & qualification data, developed controllers to automate tool management, and reduced rework by improving process Cpk.
His education includes an electronics degree from GEI, Nebraska, and professional certificates from Arizona State and the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis. He has been granted 3 patents and published over a dozen papers.
His software and technical skills include:

Excel Macro Expert

Data Modeling & Simulations Professional

Structured Query Language (SQL) Professional

Proficient with Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft Visio Professional

Proficient with Microsoft Project

Design of Experiments (DOE) Professional

Proficient w/Failure Modes & Effects Analysis (FMEA)

Statistical Process Control (SPC) Professional

Lean/Six Sigma Black Bet (SSBB) Professional