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...]

Accountability Is A System

Accountability is no more a one-man job than is quality. If accountability lies only with the individual, it will rise and fall with changes in personnel and positions. Accountability starts with a broad based effort to set and measure performance … [Read more...]