The Other Approach to Lean

Product Quantity Analysis, the Process Matrix and the Spaghetti Chart Total Productive Maintenance, Six Sigma, Set-up Reduction or 5S methods may be used either separately or together to help a facility’s team define the best path to a lean goal. … [Read more...]

How to Set Up a Lean Factory That Works

Lean manufacturers have a leg up on speeding products to market, reducing costs and keeping customers happy. In this overview, I’ll share how to engineer, set up and manage the project for a lean factory that works for your specific … [Read more...]

How to Set Up a Lean Factory That Works – Part 2

How can a lean factory tollgate process work? Here is a sample tollgate path for re-working your facility’s layout – or setting it up from scratch. Read Part One Part 2 of Lean Factory: a 2-part series How Can a Lean Factory Tollgate Process … [Read more...]

Supporting A Client’s Lean Continuum with Value Stream Mapping

April was a very busy month for Daniel Penn Associates. In late March, we performed a high level strategic analysis for a medical device manufacturer. The focus?  Identifying part families for focused improvement efforts. Value Stream Mapping events … [Read more...]

From hype to adoption: Is your maintenance program ready for the IIoT?

You’ve read about the Internet of Things (IoT) and its subset, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Gartner’s recent Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies has the IoT rising to what it calls The Peak of Inflated Expectations with an estimated … [Read more...]

Do’s and Don’ts for Making Process Improvements that Stick

What’s holding your maintenance organization back from making process improvements? … [Read more...]

12 Tips to Sustain Improvement in Lean Equipment Maintenance Programs

Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). Total productive maintenance (TPM). Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM). The guidelines are not new. But for companies that truly want to maximize their equipment uptime, productivity and quality, a … [Read more...]

What’s Your Maintenance Strategy?

Maintenance strategy doesn’t enter our non-technical brains unless it directly affects our productivity and well-being. You change the oil in your car’s engine (that’s preventive maintenance) to keep it running so the engine doesn’t seize and you’re … [Read more...]

How to Support a Proactive Culture in Your Facilities Maintenance Department

Facilities maintenance (FM) is often treated as a weak sister by healthcare facility management and doesn’t always get the respect or funding it deserves. Is your FM department properly configured to deliver its full value to your facility’s … [Read more...]

Helping our kids write well: West Hartford Rotary’s Writing Project

by Tony Rodriguez, President, Daniel Penn Associates Inc. Magazine recently cited a study from CollegeBoard that finds blue chip businesses spend as much as $3.1 billion on remedial writing training every year. Of this budget, $2.9 billion is … [Read more...]