Tempel’s Director of Engineering, Gary Latkow, has earned the CWIEME Global Award for Outstanding Contribution – A Lifelong Commitment to Industry at CWIEME Berlin 2018. The award recognizes an exceptional individual who has demonstrated excellence in technical design skills, problem solving and project delivery.
The winner must also have a passion for the industry and have contributed to the wider electrical engineering community in a variety of ways such as through increasing product sales, cost reductions, efficient design, quicker routes to market, improved brand awareness, opening new routes to market and/or re-positioning their company as electrical design market leader. The winner may also have used innovative material applications to improve product efficiency and have a proven ability to find solutions and take design engineering to the next level.
For 41 years Gary Latkow has demonstrated a long-term commitment to the electrical industries by engineering innovative tooling processes to elevate the industry’s tool and die capabilities, better serve customers, reduce costs and shorten project lead times. During his career at Tempel, Gary has engaged nearly 700 new tools for lamination stampings, which have yielded approximately $10 million in production value. Gary has modernized the industry’s data collection and data mining process for managing customer tooling records by creating a Global Electronic System that collects and records tool maintenance activity. He revolutionized the grain-oriented stacking process by eliminating the costly step of laser welding during production. Gary designed Helical Wound strip and coin dies to enable Tempel’s first mass production of the Automotive Helical Wound Alternator and created a United States Patent for the high volume, cost-effective manufacture of a pencil-type ignition core.
Furthermore, Gary has introduced future generations to the industry by volunteering his time at numerous high school and college career job fairs along with mentoring industry newcomers. Among the key highlights of Gary’s contribution to the industry: