Jim Kinane

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Jim Kinane

Vice President | MEP Process Engineer


BS Mechanical Engineering | University of Wisconsin | Platteville, Wisconsin


Jim Kinane is the Vice President of MEP, overseeing Fisher’s MEP Process Team and assuring conformance to client directives and goals. Jim works with clients to plan the integration of equipment into manufacturing and processing plants, overseeing the installation of equipment in new or upgraded facilities. Experienced in World Class Manufacturing methodologies in food processing facilities gives him a solid base for coordinating large multi-discipline projects. Additionally, as senior level management, is actively involved in establishing company policy and direction.

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  • 25+ Years Experience
  • Creating and deploying continuous improvement programs related to operations, maintenance and engineering to eliminate losses
  • Set-up autonomous maintenance using World Class Manufacturing (WCM) methodologies
  • Reduced mechanical losses by 76% by maximizing maintenance labor hours
  • Deployed early management tools for capital projects to hit planned targets and accomplish vertical start-up during commissioning
  • Integrated maintenance and engineering plans with operation cleans
  • Maintained and updated sweet and dried cranberry line and 2 sauce lines
  • Utilized computerized maintenance management system (Maximo) for scheduled preventative maintenance
  • Improved boiler performance with an average savings of 35k/month in fuel by restoring system to basic condition.
  • Process Packaging
  • Plant quality assurance, plant projects, all environmental issues and improved productivity by 28%
  • Set up a zero defect system within several areas of manufacturing
  • Reduced customer claims by 57% in a 3-year period by leading WCM defect reduction
  • Applied Ishikawa (fish bone) & Why-Why to eliminate in-process defects
  • Used Cpk (Gauge R&R) to improve consistency
  • Developed autonomous maintenance of production areas
  • Used Kaizen methodology to implement new systems to reduce all types of waste, improve productivity and minimize quality defects
  • Worked with customers and field service engineers to provide technical support and trouble shoot product run-ability
  • Participated on teams which developed new products and managed start to finish trials
  • Maintained and updated production-tooling needs for 7-flexo graphic and offset printing presses, creaser-cutters and 6-side sealing machines
  • Wrote and implemented the SQF (Safe Quality Food) standards, trained employees and re-engineering the building and equipment to meet the standard
  • Helped design a one-of-a-kind production robot resulting in the elimination of a major safety concern and improving productivity, saving 100k/yr

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