Director of Technical Sales & Market Development
Fives Machining Systems, Inc.
Robert Harper began his career working as a composites applications engineer for General Electric Aircraft Engine on the development of the composite GE90 front fan blade. He has spent the past 25 years working for Fives Cincinnati (formerly Cincinnati Milacron, Cincinnati Machine, MAG). Positions he has held include: composites applications engineer; technical specialist, where he worked on the development and implementation of automating composite lay-up processes for programs that include V22, F18 E/F, Premier One, Hawker Horizon, B609, F22, C17, Eurofighter, A380, 787, JSF, A350; operations manager, where he led the manufacturing team that was responsible for the assembly and execution of highly technical composites processing equipment for the aerospace industry; and, currently, director of technical sales, market development, where he works directly with the technical teams of large aerospace companies and component suppliers to those companies offering technical guidance leading up to the delivery of a tailored manufacturing solution to maximize total part throughput.