An Operational Nod to Anthony Bourdain

By Tony Rodriguez, President, Daniel Penn Associates Sometimes operational lessons get reinforced by unexpected players. This one begins with a story surrounding the late great Anthony Bourdain. Last week I watched a special tribute to … [Read more...]

DPA Helps Sealing Products Producer Reduce Lead Manufacturing Lead Time By 64.8%

A manufacturer of silicone and polyurethane sealing products forecast a 40%+ increase in demand from one of their largest aerospace customers. In its supplier health assessment, that customer recommended the company comprehensively apply sound Value … [Read more...]

A New Look at In-sourcing and Cell Layout Boosts this Manufacturer’s Capacity by 107%

Situation A leading supplier of forgings to Tier I and II aerospace, defense and automotive companies won a significant contract. As the company ramped up a new production process under the contract, they discovered their outsourcing operations … [Read more...]

Are Cobots Part of Your Plant’s Future?

How to begin with Lean Robotics “You’re still gonna have to have the people here.  Somebody’s still gotta man that machine that’s supposed to be able to do everything. And tell us when that machine doesn’t want to work the way it’s supposed to.” … [Read more...]

How to Make Your Plant Reliable

Five basics to make your Lean and RCM programs play well together. The bottom line: Lean relies on takt time as the cadence for producing to meet customer demand. Takt time assumes that critical process equipment will be reliable (i.e., … [Read more...]

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...]

Is Lean and Six Sigma Training on Your 2016 Bucket List?

Is increasing your lean management skills a professional development "to do" for 2016? Jump on these online training programs from MindEdge, which now includes a Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Exam, before January 15 to save! When you … [Read more...]

The ‘Quick & Dirty’ About OEE

Much has been written about Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) but it is too useful not to revisit some of the key points. OEE is a great way to see the impact of the 6 Big Losses, aka Waste, the elimination of which is the goal of lean … [Read more...]

Distance + Prioritization + Pick Venue = Location

Optimizing the Pick Area for Shipping Operations Shipping and distribution are essential to any company's profitability. Efficiencies gained in these areas can reduce costs, speed products to market and increase customer satisfaction. Unfortunately, … [Read more...]

Lean Project Lessons

Chocolate Elephants and Lean Project Lessons From a major university’s warehouse logistics initiative, to Kaizen events with several manufacturers, to a major metropolitan hospital’s facilities and maintenance division, in 2014 the Daniel Penn … [Read more...]