Metallurgist, Failure Analysis and Quality Assurance Expert

Technical Consultant #1938


Expertise

  • Metallurgical analysis professional providing: Quality Assurance and Quality Control, (QA/QC), failure Analysis, special process audit, steel mill survey, testing, inspections and calibration activities, (per National and International standards).
  • Planning and execution in quality management systems.
  • Planning and execution of QA project plans within preset estimate and revenue budget deadlines.
  • Planning and execution of mechanical and chemical - metallurgical laboratory.
  • Mechanical analysis, chemical test, metallurgical test, failure analysis, and dimensional inspections.
  • Total Quality Management (TQM), Total Productive Maintenance TPM techniques such as 5S, TQM and Kaizen.
  • Laboratory inventory management.
  • Proactive planner with experience in tracking the completion of project within preset estimate, revenue budgets and deadlines.
  • Hands on experience in various tests (destructive and non - destructive), inspections, calibration and documentation.
  • Medical device equipment validation and verification activities.
  • CE marking (European Conformity) requirements and directives.
  • Installation Qualification, Operational Qualification IQ /OQ for testing equipment.
  • Experienced in cross-cultural and multi-lingual environments.

Expert Witness Experience

  • Mechanical, chemical, metallurgical test, failure analysis, and dimensional inspections.
  • Quality management system audits, process audits, special process audits and steel mill surveys as per national and international standards.

Experience

Undisclosed Company, Senior Technical Manager, 2010 - Present

  • Spearheading the functions in Validation and verification via testing and inspections.
  • Conduct NABL awareness training program to lab personnel.
  • Prepare quality manual, procedures, SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) and other supportive documents.
  • Execute calibration, uncertainty measurements, interlab comparison and proficiency testing programs.
  • Review of test reports as per customer specific requirement and International standards.
  • Interact with Sales team, Analysis team , FEA team and Reliability team as per client requirements and execute test protocol and test report in accordance to national and international standards.
  • Explore various test proportions with clients.
  • Successfully established state of the art lab:
  • Metrology (conventional, data logging system, oscilloscope and video measuring system).
  • Mechanical test; (tensile test, flexural strength, compression test and poison's ratio).
  • Environmental test ( HALT chamber).
  • Prototype lab (rapid prototype M/c , mini lathe , milling M/c , drilling M/c and shearing M/c).

Lincoln Electric Company, Pvt. Ltd, Chennai and Tamil Nadu, India, Manager - QA, 2008 - 2010

  • Spearheading the functions in the Quality Assurance Department via establishment of state of the art QA lab, ensure supplier quality, in-process quality and customer quality.
  • Liaison with the Government statutory body and certification body to establish statutory approval for disposal of hazardous waste, welding consumable product approval and QMS/EMS certification.
  • Successfully established the:
  • Quality Assurance System.
  • Welding consumable approval for GMAW & SAW Consumables from Germanischer Lloyd.
  • State of the art QA Lab (Mechanical Test , Chemical Analysis , Weld test , & Water Test).
  • Exposure in package test.
  • Approval from Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board for Disposal of Hazardous.
  • Provided job training at Lincoln Electric Company, Turkey to establish QA system in Lincoln India.

Rane (Madras) India Ltd., Chennai and Tamil Nadu, India, 2004 - 2008

Deputy Manager in Metallurgy and Quality Manager

  • In charge of QA Lab, calibration lab and standards room.
  • Ensure the effectiveness of supplier quality, In process quality and customer quality.
  • Conduct vendor evaluation.
  • Conduct MSA for measuring instruments and gauges in defined intervals as per TS 16949 requirements.
  • Conduct internal audits as per TS 16949 (internationally-recognized quality management system standard requirements for the automotive industry).
  • Coordinating with Purchase department, Research and Development deportment, Production Department and Manufacturing Engineering Department for vendor development activities and corrective action against customer complaints.
  • Conduct In process audit, special process audit (In-house and external) and steel mill survey as per national and international standards, (CQI:9,11 & 12).
  • Coordinator for international materials data system (end life of vehicle).
  • Coordinating SPC, PFMEA and PPAP activities.
  • Conducted failure analysis.
  • Contributed in vital role of vendor development activities at vendor premises (Eg - heat treatment, induction hardening, surface coating, and phosphating).
  • Successfully established online IMDS registration process for PPAP approval purpose.
  • Salvage of rejected components by conventional process.
  • Conducted steel mill survey and special process audit at China.

TVS Sundram Fasteners Ltd. , Madurai and Tamil Nadu, India Assistant Manager - QA, 2004 - 2004

  • Ensure the effectiveness of incoming, in process and customer quality.
  • Initiate quality management system.
  • Played a vital role for establish the sintering process.

Kidao Laboratories, Chennai and Tamil Nadu, India, Quality Manager 2001 - 2004

  • Liaison with NABL to establish ISO 17025 : 1999 norms.
  • Coordinating internal audits as per ISO 17025 requirements.
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of corrective action and preventive action against non-conformance.
  • Liaison with external certification body for lab approvals.
  • Execute and involve in metallurgical analysis and failure analysis.
  • Successfully established NABL accreditation as per ISO 17025 ; 1999 norms.

Madras Engineering Industries Ltd. , Chennai and Tamil Nadu, India, 2000 - 2001

Assistant Manager - Metallurgy

  • Supplier quality, in process quality and customer quality.
  • Conduct Internal audits as per ISO 9001 requirements.
  • Conduct vendor evaluations.
  • Conduct special process audit (heat treatment, plating, casting and phosphating) at vendor premises.
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of corrective action - preventive action against non-conformance.
  • Execute and involve in failure analysis.
  • Played a vital role in vendor development activities at vendor premises (Eg - heat treatment, induction hardening, plating and phosphating).

Met-Pro Industries Pvt Ltd. , Chennai and Tamil Nadu, India, 1998 - 2000

Assistant Manager - Quality Control

  • Ensure raw material quality, In process quality and customer quality.
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of corrective action/preventive action against non-conformance
  • Liaison with external certification body for product approvals.
  • Execute and involve in metallurgical analysis and failure analysis.
  • Successfully established TOR steel approval.
  • Developed new techniques for re-rolling of imported steel scrap material.

Kidao Laboratories, Chennai and Tamil Nadu, India, Metallurgist, 1993 - 1998

  • Execute and involve in metallurgical analysis and failure analysis.
  • Conduct internal audits as per NABL - 101 requirements.
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of corrective action and preventive action against non-conformance.
  • Liaison with external certification body for lab approvals.
  • Established colour etching techniques in optical microscopy.

Career Highlights

  • Successfully established state of the art lab.
  • Metrology (conventional, data logging system , oscilloscope and video measuring system).
  • Mechanical test, (tensile test flexural strength, compression test and poison's ratio).
  • Environmental test, (HALT chamber)
  • Prototype lab, (rapid prototype M/c , mini lathe, milling M/c, drilling M/c and shearing M/c).

Honors & Publications

Credentials

  • Lead Assessor - ISO 17025, Assessor Training NABL, India
  • Lead Auditor - ISO 9001: Lead Auditor Training course on Quality Management Systems (ISO), Lloyds Register of Asia, India
  • Planning Implementing of Auditing of Laboratory Quality System, NABL/ISO 17025, NABL-India
  • Ultrasonic Testing - ASNT-Level-II, Industrial Quality Concepts
  • Advances in Electron Microscopy of Materials, Worshop, IIT, Chennai, India
  • Failure Analysis on Industrial Components, IIT & IWS, Chennai, India
  • Measurement of Uncertainty Measurements, NABL, India
  • Plastic Technology - Emphasis on Injection Moulding - Central Institute of Plastic and Engineering Technology, India
  • Internal Auditor - ISO 9001 and TS 16949, Omnex International, India
  • Measurement System Analysis, Nathan and Nathan Consultants (P) ltd, India
  • Assessment of PT Provider, (ILAC G 13 requirements), UKAS (U.K.) India
  • QMS - ISO 9001, Global Quality Services , Bangaluru, India
  • Training Programs: TQM, PPAP, DOE , PFMEA, QCC, 5"S" , SPC, Time Management and Effective Communication, Rane (Madras) Ltd, Chennai, India
  • Equivalent to A2LA -USA, L-A-B - USA, IAS-USA, NATA - AUSTRALIA & UKAS-UK
  • National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories* (NABL),India as Lead Assessor and Technical Assessor to conduct assessments as per ISO 17025 norms.
  • Tools: Proficiency in MS Office

Languages

  • English (Second Language)
  • Tamil (Arterial language)

License

  • Chartered Engineer (I) - The Institution of Engineers
  • Approved Valuer (I) - Metallurgical Engineering & Engineering Materials

Academic and Professional Affiliations

Life member of " Madras Metallurgical Society" Chennai, India

  • Life member of "The Institution for Quality and Reliability "Chennai
  • Member of "The Indian Institute of Metals" Kolkatta, India
  • Fellow Member of "The Institution of Engineers (I)"
  • Life Fellow Member of "The Institution of Valuers (I) "
  • E Member of The Minerals , Metals & Materials Society , USA

Awards.

  • NABL Technical Assessor (Mechanical) in presence of APLAC Evaluation Team Leader, NABL Director and NABL Accreditation Officer.

Education

  • B.E. Metallurgy, University of Madras, (Government College of Engineering), Salem, India
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