Gary brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him to RJG. He began his career as a tool-maker in 1981. He came to RJG from Hobbs Corporation where he was responsible for production tooling as well as determining in-plant specifications. In addition to designing tools for Hobbs Corporation, he designed tooling for vendors. He was responsible for validating and purchasing new automation equipment. As well as for training all the employees in the tool room. He has written training manuals and operating procedures for all the equipment he was responsible for.
Gary has had extensive training in machining and failure mode and effect analysis. He has done mold and machine try-outs for tool builders. He is a Six Sigma Green Belt and has spent time in Japan studying and training to be a trainer in Japanese style management. He has been responsible for three start ups at new facilities, where he over saw the planning and implementation phases of their start-up.
A Master MolderSM graduate, Gary is familiar with RJG technology and methodology. With more than 20 years of tooling, processing and management experience, Gary is a welcome addition to our Consulting Team.
Gary's duties as a consultant at RJG are to teach all of the training courses offered at RJG, as well as doing in-plant evaluations and working with customers to set-up realistic training programs for their staff. In addition he has updated and co-written some of the course materials for RJG.
"I wanted to let you know that the response from the training was very, very positive. The guys on the floor who had lost their enthusiasm for injection molding have definitely regained it. I'm sure that your training will be seen as one of the most important events in our continued efforts to optimize our molding operations. Thanks again."
Doug Ritchie | Methode Electronics, Inc.
"This course gives us all the opportunity to rethink the way we have been taught to process and gives us a better understanding of our industries growth potential."
Dan Belden | Nibco
"Great course. I do not understand how you can mold today without this type of training. We, as a company, feel excited again to solve problems and implement new processes."
Harry Soling | Winzeler Gear
"The RJG company training is of the highest caliber I have had the opportunity to take. I can't see how any molder could survive in today's industry without this knowledge."
Rodney Aker | Midwest Tool & Die
"RJG is excellent for de-mystifying processing and proving concepts – other courses don't attempt to back up their teachings with science or fact like RJG does."
James Baughman | Valeo Sylvania
Patrick Mosley attended Henry Ford Community College. He moved to Traverse City in 1976 where he attended Northwestern Michigan College. There he received a degree in Drafting & Design engineering.
Patrick taught at the Traverse Bay Intermediate School in their machine tool program until they merged with Northwestern Michigan College. He has taught a variety of related courses with CBI (Careers in Business and Industry) in both their classroom and on-site instruction formats.
Patrick joined RJG in 1996 as a member of the Customer Support Team. After filling the role of Western Regional Sales Person, then shifting to the Southeastern region, he returned to his role in Customer Support and held the title of Senior Technical Support. Patrick took on the additional task of teaching courses on RJG's DARTWin™/DARTVision™ software. When RJG released the Insight System® in 2000, Patrick developed System Application training courses, encompassing detailed hardware and software training.
Patrick’s current position is Berater/Trainer. His responsiblities include teaching RJG Systematic courses as well as Master Molder Certification courses. He travels extensively to conduct in-plant consultations in the USA and internationally, primarily in the Asia Pacific region.
Shane Vandekerkhof joined the RJG Team in 2003 as a member of the Customer Support team, where he quickly gained knowledge and understanding of RJG’s systems and hardware. He quickly became qualified to conduct on-site training for RJG customers that included hands-on training on RJG’s software and equipment.
After two years Shane took on the role of Business Development for Europe where he was responsible for creating new accounts, supporting existing accounts, and working with sales representatives. He traveled extensively during this period to lay the groundwork for RJG to expand into this region. He established contacts and researched the area for further expansion.
Shane is currently one of RJG’s Trainer/Consultants. His background, knowledge and abilities made the transition into this role an easy one. His responsiblities include teaching RJG Systematic courses as well as Master Molder Certification courses. Shane’s quick grasp of molding essentials have made him a valuable member of the RJG Team.
Before coming to RJG Shane attended Michigan State University, Davenport University, and Northwestern Michigan College where he studied Computer Information systems.
What some of Shane’s students had to say about their training:
“Course had excellent content which is applicable in a real world setting – not just textbook – instructor was enthusiastic and presented great real world examples.” Jerry Driscoll | Panduit
“A clear, systematic approach to a very interactive process. RJG’s use of training & techniques coupled with technology make them a world class partner.” Stephen Balsam | L&L Products
“Great job of breaking the process down to easy to understand pieces.” Chris Benbow | Flextronics
Jason joined RJG as a member of the Consulting and Training Team with close to eighteen years of experience in the injection molding field. He brought with him a wealth of knowledge and experience on mold setting, new tool launches, material trials, quality control and implementing cavity pressure control techniques. He has worked as a Mold Setter, Machine Operator and Senior Process Technician. At his previous job Jason was also responsible for training employees on scientific molding techniques, giving him hands-on experience with teaching in a classroom as well as on the plant floor.
As an RJG Berater/Trainer, Jason’s responsibilities include teaching Injection Molding Essentials, Systematic Molding, Decoupled Molding Workshops, Successful Strategies for New Tool Launches along with RJG’s Master Molder Certification courses in the Southeastern United States.
Jeremy has over 16 years’ experience in the plastics industry in multiple roles. Prior to joining RJG in 2015 he was Principal Engineer taking projects from design concept to saleable product. Over the years in the industry he has worked serving the medical, automotive, furniture and appliance industries. Working with a wide variety of machines up to 9,000 tons, processing a large catalog of resins in single shot, two-shot and insert molding application. He also brings a vast amount of knowledge in part design, simulation, mold design, robotics and secondary operations.
Jeremy earned his Master Molder II certification in 2011 and became a RJG Certified Trainer in 2012. As a corporate certified trainer, he worked closely with facilities in the US, Europe and Asia. Not only was he working through projects as an engineer with a global team, but was providing training to further strengthen their knowledge of injection molding. In addition to the extensive manufacturing background he holds degrees in plastics and business.
As an RJG Berater/Trainer, Jeremy’s responsibilities include teaching Part Design for Injection Molding, Mold Design, Math for Molder, Injection Molding Essentials, Systematic Molding, Decoupled Workshop and RJG Master Molder courses.
Daniel Lopez has over 10 years of injection molding experience. He previously worked as a plant manager where he developed processes using RJG’s DECOUPLED MOLDINGSM processing techniques. During his career he has been involved in new product design and development, equipment installation checks and validations on new equipment and machine wiring and troubleshooting. He has designed and implemented effective production processes and has extensive experience with root cause analysis and problem solving. He has been responsible for taking projects from planning through implementation and has been a key player in streamlining systems and operations to enhance productivity.
Daniel is an RJG certified instructor having completed Master Molder II and Train the Trainer. Daniel teaches Injection Molding Essentials, Systematic Molding, DECOUPLED MOLDINGSM Workshops and Master Molder courses. He is also available for consulting on processing issues. Daniel Lopez a consultant for Mexico, Latin America and the Southwestern United States, his duties also include business expansion and development in Mexico. Daniel is bilingual and will be teaching courses in both Spanish and English.
Denis Fecci joined the RJG Team in 2007 as the Technical Sales Manager of RJG France. Denis holds a BAC in Mathematics and Physics and a BTS in Plastics and Composites. With over fifteen years of experience in the injection molding field, Denis brought with him unlimited amount of experience on preventative maintenance, process improvement techniques and new tool trial improvement. As a process manager at his previous employer Denis performed tool trials on new and existing tools, managed projects that involved the use of cavity pressure sensors, and worked as a robot trainer. Denis’s years of technical expertise in injection molding processing, monitoring and control systems and cavity pressure technology has allowed RJG to replicate the successful business model they developed in the US.
Denis earned his certification as an RJG trainer in 2008 and has been the lead trainer for RJG in France on Scientific Molding principles and techniques, allowing RJG to take advantage of his bilingual capability.
As an RJG Berater/Trainer, Denis’s responsibilities include working with customers to develop process improvement plans, recommend sensor locations and outline training recommendations for his customers. In addition Denis is certified to teach Basic eDART Training, Injection Molding Essentials, Math for Molders, Systematic Molding, Decoupled Molding Workshops, along with RJG’s Master Molder I course.
Ulrich Bretthauer joined the RJG Team in 2010 as the General Manager of RJG Germany. Uli began his career at RJG with over 20 years of experience in manufacturing, engineering and R&D in the plastics industry. His comprehensive technical background in injection molding and extrusion technologies, and his proven success in developing best practices of organizational and technical processes made him a valuable addition to the RJG Team. Uli is highly skilled in coaching and consulting internal employees and external clients.
During his years in the industry Uli has trained teams of employees, mainly engineers and technicians in the function of project management. He has been responsible for product and process development strategies and has developed and implemented new products such as fuel lines, degassing pipes for blow-by gas, wipe water lines, connector adapters, cable channels and solar collectors. He has also implemented automated manufacturing cells for both thermo-forming & assembling.
Uli’s responsibilities include working with customers to develop process improvement plans, recommend sensor locations and outline training recommendations for his customers. In addition Uli is certified to teach Injection Molding Essentials, Math for Molders and Systematic Molding classes.
Kevin Zou joined RJG in July 2010 as Consultant-Trainer for RJG-SEA. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Material Molding & Mold Design from Xihuah University. His prior work history includes: training and experience in Project Management, DOE, SPC, and Advanced Quality Planning; RJG Systematic Molding and eDART System™ implementation; eDART networking; and cavity pressure sensor technology.
Since joining RJG Kevin has successfully completed and received certification in Master Molder I and II and is also a certified trainer. Kevin lives in Chengdu, China. He will be working to support RJG training and technology.
Kenny Lu is an engineering consultant for RJG, Inc. His plastics career started in 2000 as a structural engineer in Taiwan. He then joined Moldex3D, a plastics molding CAE (computer aided engineering) software company in Taiwan as a field application engineer. He gained his knowledge of injection molding and associated interpretation skills for the following 12 years before moving to Michigan to run technical operations at Moldex3D North America. He worked closely with clients and solution’s providers in the North American plastics industry, delivering software training, and consulting on application development and implementation of simulation in the engineering environment.
In 2015 Kenny began his career at RJG, Inc working with a consulting focus on RJG’s TZERO™ program. TZERO is a consulting service that provides a framework for collaboration between engineering and manufacturing. A big part of the process is the review of part design and simulation, educating, optimizing, and assessing the mold development process to avoid molding uncertainties and resolve existing injection molding problems. His role as a TZERO consultant is to evaluate the potential risks before the tool launch and provide advice in using scientific results. Kenny facilitates the synergy between production and engineering groups through his simulation skills and knowledge.
Kenny holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from National Chiao-Tung University and a Master of Bio-medical Engineering degree in Yang-Ming University in Taiwan. Kenny has been passionate in investigating the best practice of using simulation tools for product/tool development and will stay connected with the CAD/CAE user network. With his role in RJG, he’s committed to work actively with the industry for systematic plastics engineering development and education.
Doug Espinoza is the TZERO™ Manager for RJG, Inc. His varied career includes service in the U.S. Marine Corps, engineering, management, business development, and strategic planning. Doug has spent more than 20 years in the plastics industry, practicing RJG methods of scientific molding and implementation, while working for large injection molding companies. During the 18 years of his career at RJG, Doug has worked in regional, strategic, and TZERO engineering/consulting management.
Doug has developed professional expertise in technology, people, and strategic management. Doug was instrumental in the creation of RJG’s TZERO program, a consulting service that provides a framework for collaboration between engineering and manufacturing in the areas of part design and simulating, educating, optimizing, and assessing the mold development process to avoid molding uncertainties and resolve existing injection molding problems. His role as a TZERO Manager allows him to bring a broad perspective to our clients. He specializes in evaluating the current state of our clients and providing specialized end-to-end solutions to achieve their desired future state.
Doug holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Plastics Engineering Technology from Ferris State University and a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in International Business from Loyola University Chicago. Additionally, he has pursued post-graduate studies including Six Sigma Green Belt certification.
Doug is involved in the plastics community as an advisory board member of Grand Rapids Community College. Additionally, he gives presentations to and participates in Society of Plastics Engineers, Society of Plastic Industries, and other professional organizations committed to the ongoing development of the plastics industry.