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Director of Manufacturing
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1080 MUIRFIELD DR
Hanover Park, Illinois,60133
Camcraft is a global leader in the manufacture of high-precision components for automotive and off-road vehicle applications. We specialize in producing the most difficult, precision-machined components for our clients - parts which often require heat treatmen... more.
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Janusz Ksel, Director of Manufacturing
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Director of Manufacturing
Janusz Ksel: The Embodiment of Teamwork and Precision Engineering
Janusz Ksel - Camcraft Engineer from the start Even as a child, Janusz Ksel had a love of building and manufacturing. By age 10, he would take bicycles and motorcycles apart so frequently that his mother had to tell him to stop and find a less destructive hobby. His first job out of school was in high-end rubber molding, a position that taught him the value of precision. With his natural efficiency and learned accuracy, Janusz landed at Camcraft. Today, he is our Director of Manufacturing. For the past 30 years, he has been instrumental in ensuring we maintain our high precision, fast-paced production environment. To this day, Janusz has his grandfather's advice in his head: "If you're going to do something, either do it right with heart and passion or don't do it at all. These words set the high standards he expects of himself and his team. "Our job is unique in that it has to be done perfectly every time," he says. "If you do a poor job, you have to do it twice. And in manufacturing, doing something twice has huge implications on efficiency, on-time delivery and, in general, Camcraft's reputation." European influence Janusz is from Germany, and his upbringing has shaped his manufacturing point of view.
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team members: Janusz Ksel and Marc Bossert
Hales Machine Tool Awards
Our perception on things is that we provide engineering solutions with cost in mind and provide end users with a product that meets their demands," said Janusz Ksel, Director of Manufacturing.
So, engineering is our strength and passion, and we take great pride in that. Principal markets are automotive, truck and off-road vehicles. Typical components are hydraulic control valves, turbocharger components, cam phasing, stability control systems, parts for transmissions (CVT, 6- and 7- speed), automotive aftermarket parts and hybrid braking systems. Other projects under serious investigation include occupant sensors and probably farther out, camless engines, windmill technologies and "green energy" applications, the company said. "In general, we're looking at these industries, seeing what's there that might require our expertise and our kind of company," said Ksel. "These types of companies need precision machining of highly detailed, complex components often made from very difficult materials. Given these types of demands, Camcraft can become a very good partner. We have quality engineering and project management, prototyping, full production and finishing and complete traceability through electronic inspection and analysis data which can be delivered to the customer electronically, in real time, or on disk or any other reporting scheme (i.e., printouts delivered with each batch of components)." Get in Early "We make every effort to be directly involved in the development and design stages of a complex customer part," said Ksel. "Our prototyping department is critical in this regard to our success. Across-functional engineering prototype team meets with customer designers, and they make observations and recommendations regarding the design of the component from a manufacturing standpoint, Ksel said. "We acquired a large stable of automated inspection equipment to achieve 6 Sigma or better," said Ksel. "The disadvantage of investing in the best technology, is the difficulty some companies have had in finding the capital to make the investment," said Ksel. Growing the company is one thing, Ksel adds, but that is not the objec-tive. The objective is growing the company healthily and providing for all 300 employees. What Camcraft does is not just for the money. Making money is a given if they are to be healthy, but that's not the end-all. "We have to keep our employees challenged," said Ksel. "Money is just fuel, and you've got to use it to make progress. We have to provide the customer with something they can't get elsewhere (offshore). We're talking about automation, process control, justin-time, statistical data, complete traceability, anything they want." Community Ksel said Camcraft is very involved in the community, specifically in trying to promote manufacturing as it is today. "We're bringing kids through our facility a couple of times a month, just to show them what manufacturing today is like," he said. "We need to show a new generation that manufacturing is not dirty, the kind of place that they're not looking forward to, the kind of place they don't see as an option. We have a nice facility here, and we're proud of what we have achieved. It's very clean, well run, very organized and highly automated. We need a new generation to take the lead from this generation, and that means reaching out to the community, to young people, and showing them what manufacturing really is. It's much the same with finding qualified employees. "You either sit on the fence and wait for the right employee, one with great work ethics, to walk by, or you get down off the fence," said Ksel. "We have a couple of engineers with Masters degrees out on the floor right now," said Ksel. "Waste is a big thing for us, waste in labor, in purchasing equipment, but also in energy savings," said Ksel.