BS, Engineering, Electrical, Electronics, Computer, Software @
I am what is known as a "Polymath", with a much wider range of skills than your usual engineering specialist. I am not only a synthesist, able to take technologies and ideas from many fields and put them together as something new, I'm also the one who can act as a bridge between the various areas, facilitating
I am what is known as a "Polymath", with a much wider range of skills than your usual engineering specialist. I am not only a synthesist, able to take technologies and ideas from many fields and put them together as something new, I'm also the one who can act as a bridge between the various areas, facilitating communications between the different specialists, management and the customers.
While my direct work related expertise is with robotics, factory automation and alternative energy systems, my much wider range of interests and skills has made me the "go to guy" for almost any technical or non-technical questions that should happen to come up. If I don't already know the answer, I usually know where to get it.
This all means that while I can do any of a number of different jobs effectively, and acquire any required new skills very quickly, my ideal position is one where I'm NOT doing the same thing every day. I need variety and a challenge.
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Specialties: Technology / Engineering Management
Robotics Engineer - Research & Development, hardware, software, applications, integration, installations.
Applications Engineer - Factory automation, robotics, solar power.
Product Development Engineer / Project Manager - Robotics, factory automation, solar power.
Technical Writer - Manuals, quality control documents and procedures, presentations, training.
Trainer - Software, applications, maintenance, installations
Manufacturing / Robotics Engineer @ From September 2014 to Present (1 year 4 months) Robotics Engineer @ From September 2011 to August 2013 (2 years) Robotics Engineer @ Contract Robotics Engineer, doing system integration and robot programming, contracted to Cinetic Automation, part of the Fives Group of Farmington Hills, Michigan. From March 2010 to May 2010 (3 months) Application Development Engineer, Robotics and Factory Automation @ Company has been formerly known as Comau Pico, Progressive Tool, and other names.
Robotics Engineer Plus... Sales, support, software, training, documentation / Manuals, primarily on Comau robots, but still working with FANUC and others.
Standard products support, mostly with bodyshop conveyor systems and motor drives.
Advanced Products and R&D.
Primary liaison between the Comau Pico Robotics Group and Comau, Italy, for robot sales and support. Responsible for creating sales quotes for robots and robotic systems, writing manuals and training texts for the Comau robots and the various Comau VersaDrive based factory automation applications. Writing test procedure and quality check documents. Creating and teaching robot and drive application classes. Robot programming, mostly Comau, FANUC, and Emerson Unidrive based VersaDrive programming. Robotic and conveyor systems field installation and customer support. Application development, hardware and software, including material handling and vision applications. Hardware and controls testing and re-design. From September 2005 to May 2008 (2 years 9 months) Robotics Engineer @ Contract Robotics Engineer.
Robotics Engineer, doing system integration, robot (FANUC, Nachi and I & J Fisnar.) programming, installation and training, contracted to Dynamic Automation Group of Farmington Hills, Michigan.
Primary projects were for GM Powertrain in Romulus, MI, and the GEMA engine plant in Dundee, MI.
GM had specified the use of the Karel programming language for the FANUC robots in their project, and I'm one of the relatively few "experts" left in this language outside of FANUC. From July 2004 to May 2005 (11 months) Product Development Engineer @ Product Development and Project Manager.
Application development for the company's photovoltaic panel systems.
Applying the PV panels on steel, membrane, foam and other roofing systems.
Consulting on the PV production processes to improve production rates and quality.
Vendor development and project partner support.
Product design and testing, customer and vendor interface, component design, preparing and giving formal reports and presentations, installation manuals, customer-site training. My factory automation experience was also being used to try to improve the photovoltaic laminate manufacturing process, and my exceptionally broad engineering background allowed me to provide assistance to the other product development engineers on their own wide range of projects.
I was having a lot of fun in this job, where a number of my skills and talents were badly needed. Unfortunately, when Bekaert (The European partner in the company.) pulled out along with their money and management team, major cutbacks were required, and one of the areas cut at the time was Product Development. (Though I was strongly urged by the head of HR at the time to try to return once things turned around again.) I was very disappointed that I wasn't given the opportunity to put several more of my production improvement plans into place, and I continue to come up with new applications for their standard products. From March 2003 to August 2003 (6 months) Robotics Engineer @ Contract Robotics Engineer.
Troubleshooting and programming FANUC material handling robots at a nearby customer site, and writing complete application programs for another material handling cell in the company's own shop. Training company personnel on the FANUC robot hardware and software, as well as teaching their controls engineers standard interfacing and programing techniques for dealing with the robots. FANUC PalletTool and TPE programming languages. From November 2002 to February 2003 (4 months) Product Development Engineer @ FANUC Robotics is one of the top suppliers of industrial robots and robotic systems in the world.
Field Service, Systems Integration leader, Installations, R&D, Applications, Training... I worked on nearly every robotic application FANUC ever touched, and one of my (uncredited) inventions is used by nearly every major robotics manufacturer out there.
I worked on everything from field service, systems integration, installations, training and documentation (for both internal and external customers), set up the original repair depot, writing application software, and R&D for: software, electronics and mechanical systems.
While working for the Mfg. group, my pro-active decision to produce a much more highly detailed set of manufacturing and quality test/check procedures and documentation, as well as a comprehensive software/hardware test suite for final machine testing, was a major factor in the company achieving the Ford Q1 rating and ISO9000 certification on the very first try.
While working for the Applications Development Group, our team of four engineers was responsible for inventing some of the most innovative robotic technology and products, including the “Intelligent Assist Device”, a machine designed as a man-amplifier, to make lifting and moving heavy or awkward objects possible and ergonomically safe. This was a groundbreaking development, the first time a human operator has successfully been put in the servo-control loop and maintained system stability. Among other parts of the project, I was solely responsible for the design and creation of the "AssistTool" application software package used for setting up the IAD systems.
As a generalist rather than a specialist, I was one of the (very) few people at the company that actually knew all aspects of how the robots and their applications worked. From the IC chip and microcode level, to the drives, system software, mechanical systems, electrical systems and application software. From October 1984 to November 2001 (17 years 2 months) Sr. Electronics Technologist and Department Manager @ EDA was a former division of Gulf & Western, doing
Advanced Battery Research and Development.
Manager of the electronics department, overseeing up to five other technicians and technologists, in addition to the various design, build and testing functions of a Sr. Technologist.
Worked on ZnCl2 advanced battery systems for electric and hybrid vehicles, and power utility load-leveling applications.
Instrumentation, drives and control systems.
Vehicle instrument panel design and systems.
Vehicle wiring systems for general operation, controls, computer and data. (Completely custom vehicle computer designs, hardware and software.)
Custom designed and built portable data acquisition systems.
Battery charging systems and large-scale power converters.
Test track vehicle testing at the Transportation Research Center (TRC) in Ohio and other locations.
Load-leveling battery system installations and computer/controls interfacing at Argonne National Labs in Illinois, and the EPRI test facility in New Jersey.
Project customers included: DoE, DoD, EPRI, TVA, Sandia National Labs, Argonne National Labs, General Motors From April 1978 to August 1984 (6 years 5 months)
MBA, Business Administration @ University of Michigan-Flint From 2009 to 2011 BS, Engineering, Electrical, Electronics, Computer, Software @ Oakland University From 1975 to 1994 Computer Science, Math, Machining, Welding, SCUBA Diving @ Mott Community College From 1974 to 1975 Pre-Engineering, Math, Physics, Chemistry. @ University of Michigan-Flint From 1972 to 1974 Robert Bauer is skilled in: Robotics, Integration, Engineering Management, Research, Solar, Automation, Product Development, Manufacturing, R&D, Electronics, Engineering, Lean Manufacturing, Solar Energy, Software Engineering, Control Systems Design
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