Wilfred Fras

Technical Director - Forming Systems

About Wilfred Fras

Technical Director - Forming Systems

Bio

Since 2005 Wil has brought The Phoenix Group his expertise in stamping die/part quality improvement, throughput improvement, material utilization, strain analysis, die optimization, installation of formability and reference panel systems, new vehicle launch process analysis, and Tool and Die training programs. Wil spent eighteen years with General Motors Corporation in manufacturing development and prototype die tryout, strain analysis software development for automotive stamping dies and stretch form bead development and improvements.

Education

  • Associate Degree, Baker College (Applied Technologies)
  • Online continuing education process at GM in CDA/CAM, materials application and tooling development
  • Classes through Stanford, GMI (Kettering University)
  • Attended classes at Wayne State University, Oakland University, Oakland and Macomb Community Colleges.

Experience

  • 45 Years as a Journeyman Tool & Diemaker, Die Tryout & Follow-up
  • 20 years of providing instruction in die design and stamping process control improvements/stabilization

Skills

  • Die Optimization and Problem resolution
  • Strain Analysis (surface and thickness strain)
  • Trained and Certified Formability analysts in 13 Automotive manufacturers
  • Conducted engineering training classes in sheet metal basic, formability, design for Manufacturing in Stamping, and Trim, Flange, Pierce and Hem die basic designs.

Certifications

  • General Motors Technical Education Program, Silver Certificate in Advanced Technology

Key Projects

  • Trained formability lab analysts and Installation of formability lab for Automotive Bodyside Scrap reduction project at OEM resulting in >35% scrap reduced to < 4% in 6 months 1999 and permanent formability capability. 5 GM stamping facilities between 2000 and present.
  • Training of formability lab analysts and Installation of formability lab at OEM Stamping facilities, 2002-2005, 3 CHY, CHY-Bentz, stamping facilities
  • Training of formability lab analysts and Installation of formability lab at OEM Stamping facilities, 2006-2009, 7 FMC, stamping facilities
  • Contribute to technical content of WAS AHSS User Guidelines 2011-2013
  • Provide overview training of that material to WAS engineering community members. 2014-2015