Kevin Rowe

Craftsmanship Expert at Faurecia

Location
Auburn Hills, Michigan (Greater Detroit Area)
Industry
Automotive

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Kevin Rowe's Summary

Over 17 years of experience in the automotive industry. Experiened and motviated individual with proven track record. Extensive knowledge in regards to appearance criteria with customers such as Chrysler, Ford, Fiat, GM, VW and Nissan.

Posess expertise and very strong knowledge of :
grain technology, color theory, paint, wrapped goods, gloss, injection processes, perceived quality, appearance harmony.

Kevin Rowe's Experience

Craftsmanship Expert

Faurecia Interior Systems

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; EO; Automotive industry

January 2014Present (9 months) Auburn Hills, MI

• Global Craftsmanship expert in regards to appearance (structure and standards).
• Create and develop corporate Craftsmanship structure for NA and support on a global level.
• Manage NA Craftsmanship team.
• Lead point of contact at Faurecia in regards to appearance expertise.
• Develop, manage and set Faurecia corporate appearance standards, light booth set-ups/requirements and control purchases of visualization equipment (gloss meters, spectrophotometers and MacBeth lighting).
• Manage AAR (Appearance Approval Report) to support PPAP approval for all Faurecia Interior programs.
• Lead point of contact between Faurecia and all OEM studios in regards to product appearance (color/grain/gloss).
• Manage grain kickoff of all tools from surface to post-grain
• Manage and create structure of Craftsmanship appearance databases by program/sub-systems/components.
• Create and implement yearly plant audits to make sure Craftsmanship/Quality procedures are followed.
• Manage internal appearance product assessments prior to submission to OEM, and perform action plan with product engineers in case of deviation from master definition.
• Manage appearance harmony between different components of a sub-system.
• Lead manufacturing plants in case of appearance issues or new appearance requirements.
• Manage the quality surface and geometry of the manufacturing tools (e.g. responsible for graining from initial surface through post-grain).
• Develop appearance cost savings, scrap reduction and process improvements for the plants.
• Lead quality audits of show properties to ensure quality/Craftsmanship standards are high prior to event shipments/viewings.

Craftsmanship Meisterbock Leader (In conjunction with Craftsmanship Expert Role)

Faurecia Interior Systems

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; EO; Automotive industry

March 2014Present (7 months) Auburn Hills, Mi

Manage Meisterbock internal quality audits to anticipate potential customer concerns prior to each build phase of the customer timeline.

Main characteristics of each audit consist of:
-Appearance chracteristicts, such as fit/finish (build objectives) and Perceived Quality concerns.
- Functional characteristics (latching, actuation, movement, BSR, etc.)
- Dimensional conformity (measure assemblies and static build to make sure dimesional data meets internal and customer requirements).

- Manage, develop and set Faurecia Meisterbock processes in regards to product quality audits/standards.
- Manage all internal reviews and set targets for improvements.
- Report audit results internally and to customer levels to make sure all parties are aware of issues prior to product launches.
- Drive action plans are closed in a timely fashion in order to move in a positive direction from build to build up until production.

Craftsmanship Studio Leader

Faurecia Interior Systems

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; EO; Automotive industry

May 2004Present (10 years 5 months)

- Manage all Faurecia Interior System NA programs in regards to appearance (color/grain/gloss).
- Manage and maintain Faurecia appearance standards, light booth set-ups and control purchases of visualization equiptment (gloss meters, spectrophotometers and MacBeth lighting)
- Lead AAR (Appearance Approval Report) to support PPAP approval for all Faurecia Interior programs.
- Point of contact between Faurecia and all OEM studios in regards to product appearance (color/grain/gloss).
- Approve the quality surface and geometry of the manufacturing tools (e.g. responsible for graining from initial surface through post-grain).
- Establish and follow-up appearance database by program/sub-systems/components.
- Report periodically to Program Management about the progress of appearance definition, verification and approvals.
- Perform internal appearance product assessment prior to submission to OEM, and perform action plan with product engineers in case of deviation from master definition.
- Ensure appearance harmony between different components of a sub-system.
- Support manufacturing plants in case of appearance issues or new appearance requirements.
- Issue related lessons to key team members.

Craftsmanship Coordinator

Johnson Controls

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; JCI; Mechanical or Industrial Engineering industry

19992004 (5 years)

Lead Craftsmanship Coordinator for General Motors Integration Center
- Responsible for overall interior craftsmanship vehicle harmony (color, grain, gloss and fit) between JCI and General Motors programs.
- Close interface with General Motors Design Studio and Appearance Engineering. Main function was to propose new craftsmanship ideas and help solve appearance/design issues.
- Managed and maintained an interior issues list along with vehicle analysis databases.
- Worked closely with internal program management teams in regards to timing and program status.
- Ensured JCI's products were aesthetically pleasing from design to production to avoid high cost changes after parts are in production.

Lead Craftsmanship Coordinator in regards to Interior Vehicle Benchmarks.
- Managed and maintained JCI interior craftsmanship database.
- Completed over 55 complete vehicle interior assessments covering: fit, finish, color/gloss continuity, gaps, exposed areas, BSR, tactile feel, etc.
- Populated and procured the JCI craftsmanship database with full vehicle assessment reviews, pictures and lessons learned.

Kevin Rowe's Skills & Expertise

  1. Color Theory
  2. Grain Technology
  3. Manufacturing
  4. PPAP
  5. Plastics
  6. Injection Molding
  7. Quality Management
  8. Automotive
  9. Management
  10. APQP
  11. Automotive Design
  12. Program Management
  13. Machine Tools
  14. Engineering
  15. Continuous Improvement
  16. TS16949
  17. FMEA
  18. Design for Manufacturing
  19. Interior Trim
  20. Supplier Quality
  21. JIT
  22. Stamping
  23. Paint
  24. Perceived Quality Expert
  25. Gloss
  26. Problem Solving
  27. Team Building
  28. Coatings
  29. Quality Assurance
  30. Nickel Shell Tooling
  31. Wrapped Goods
  32. Multitasker
  33. 5S
  34. Automotive Engineering
  35. PFMEA
  36. Toyota Production System
  37. SPC
  38. Value Stream Mapping
  39. Manufacturing Operations Management
  40. Root Cause Analysis
  41. Lean Manufacturing
  42. Manufacturing Engineering
  43. Vehicles
  44. Kanban
  45. QS9000
  46. Components
  47. Product Design

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Kevin Rowe's Education

Central Michigan University

Bachelors of Science, Vehicle Design

2009

Schoolcraft College

Associates of Science, Computer Aided Design

2003

John Glenn High School

19891991

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