About Us:

Daniel J. Schaeffler, Ph.D.

Chief Content Officer, 4M Partners, LLC
President and Chief Executive Officer, Engineering Quality Solutions, Inc.

Phone: +1 (248) 66-STEEL [(248) 667-8335]
ds@EQSgroup.com or Danny@Learning4M.com
LinkedIn Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/schaeffler

Danny Schaeffler is co-founder of 4M Partners, LLC and founder and President of Engineering Quality Solutions (EQS). EQS is consulting firm which provides product applications assistance to materials and manufacturing companies. Danny has worked with automotive and non-automotive OEMs and their Tier One/Two/ Three suppliers, as well as steel and aluminum producers and their service centers focusing on materials selection/optimization, tooling buyoff, field formability analyses, manufacturing process improvement, and cost savings / avoidance projects.

Danny spent 10 years at LTV Steel Company in customer-focused technical positions of increasing responsibility. At the time LTV Steel folded, Danny was the Automotive Product Applications Group Manager. He and his team focused on formability analysis and training; materials selection and optimization; tooling development and production launches for new vehicle programs; customer materials & manufacturing cost reduction efforts; forming/denting/structural computer simulation; and technical awareness and communications with the automotive manufacturers and their Tier One / Tier Two companies.

Danny wrote two chapters in ASM Handbook, Volume 14B, Metalworking: Sheet Forming, published by ASM International in 2006. He has made several presentations at the Stamping Journal Forum, FABTECH, and MetalForm Conferences, and has published several articles in Stamping Journal and The Fabricator. With 4M, he coordinated and taught several sheet formability programs at Oakland University (Michigan), and wrote and published Sheet Metal Forming - Engineering and Business Management. He was a founding contributor to Tool & Die Authority, published monthly by the Precision Metalforming Association from 2008 to 2010. Danny is a member of SAE International (serving on the Steel Sheet & Strip Specifications Committee), and is Past President of the North American Deep Drawing Research Group.

Danny received his Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, and a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Materials Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. While at Drexel, Danny held engineering and research positions with the David Taylor Research Center (Annapolis, MD) and Hoeganaes Corporation (Riverton, NJ).

Bill Frahm

President, 4M Partners, LLC
Phone: +1 (248) 66-STEEL [(248) 667-8335]


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Bill moved to the Detroit area from New Orleans, Louisiana. He studied business and computer science and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and began his career at United Energy Resources in Houston. During his career at Wayne State University, General Motors, and PTC, he managed IT development projects and Research and Development in software integration. Keenly interested in the advantages of efficiently designed processes, the move to manufacturing was a natural fit.

Several years ago, Bill partnered with Danny Schaeffler, PhD to form 4M Partners. 4M began as a vehicle to promote knowledge sharing and professional development between experienced professionals and and new practitioners. Having supported manufacturing process and studied Reliability Centered Maintenance at Naval Air Systems Command and participated in University of Tennessee’s MARCON program, Bill promotes managing manufacturing processes using collected information, statistics, and listening to those closest to manufacturing equipment.