As an Advanced Quality Engineer at GE Appliances, Kazie Jasnowski is an expert in the field of laser welding. Kazie is visiting Facteon Headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand to share his knowledge with our team of laser welding professionals. As a member of the wider Haier group, we’re able to tap into a vast network of global resources. Kazie’s visit provides an opportunity to improve our application of laser welding technologies in the manufacture of washer and dryer baskets.
Tell me about your background
I’ve been involved with laser technologies for the last thirty years. I’ve worked for various systems builders in the automotive industry who supplied clients such as Chrysler, Ford and General Motors. After spending about ten years developing my knowledge, I moved into the area of laser welding more specifically. In 2013, I joined GE Appliances as an Advanced Quality Engineer. My focus is quality control of the washer and dryer baskets. I enjoy applying my experience to produce consistently acceptable parts.
What is your speciality?
My specialist areas are laser welding and processing. I have a personal interest in helping other engineers take advantage of this powerful technology. Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to learn from many experienced engineers. An organisation’s progress, in terms of applying laser technologies as efficiently and effectively as possible, is certainly hindered if there isn’t access to an expert. I always look forward to the opportunity to share my knowledge as I’m passionate about this technology. My visit to Facteon Headquarters has provided the opportunity to gain an understanding of the approach of its team in-house and to offer advice.
What have you seen at Facteon in relation to how the team is currently applying laser welding technologies?
The technology utilised by Facteon is very close to state-of-the-art. I’ve been impressed with the mechanical construction of their machinery. The care and precision with which the machinery has been assembled is very impressive. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with Facteon’s laser welding systems. It’s great to see the passion of the engineers as well. It’s clear that the team take pride in the work they’re doing.
What’s the next big thing you can see happening in relation to laser welding?
The laser market is currently very competitive, but I think this will change. It will have to change as lasers become less expensive and increasingly efficient, accepted and dependable throughout industry. I would say that the main challenge for companies based in New Zealand is the potential difficulty in accessing support. In China, for example, lasers are used extensively. This is a market in which expertise is more accessible. However, it’s great when support can be gained remotely as industry can’t afford to have a machine down, regardless of their geographical location.
When did you develop an interest in engineering?
I’ve always had an interest in electronics, so I’d say that’s where it began. I developed an interest in lasers and their applications when I worked for a company that produced small lasers. After getting my start at their Los Angeles office, I moved to their San Francisco office. I then continued working with the company in Germany. In 1978, I moved from focusing on laser manufacturing to laser application.
Where in New Zealand would you love to travel?
Following my time here with Facteon, I’m spending a week exploring New Zealand with my wife who is flying over from the US to join me. I lived in Spain for fifteen years’, so I was never far from beautiful beaches. I’m looking forward to seeing the Pacific Ocean from this side of the world. My wife and I are considering taking a short cruise before heading home.