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...]

Facilities Maintenance for Public Housing is More Than Just Maintaining Buildings

To ensure a safe, functional living environment for residents of the buildings they manage, facilities managers must effectively maintain their facilities’ units, common areas, grounds and building systems (equipment). Like any responsible manager of … [Read more...]

Helping a Specialty Materials Producer Apply FMEA And Preventative Maintenance To Reduce Scrap

Second of two Kaizen events After DPA helped its employee team successfully complete a first scrap reduction kaizen event for its top product line, the CEO of a wire, cables and connectivity product company again called upon our consulting team … [Read more...]

Helping a Specialty Materials Producer Embrace PDCA Culture

DPA recently worked with a manufacturer of wire, cables and connectivity products to reduce scrap at one of their factories. The kaizen team worked with DPA senior consultant Nicole Snurkowski to reduce scrap on a wire product line that represented … [Read more...]

Precision Components Manufacturer Shaves 56% Off Machine Set-up Time

An established, family-owned manufacturer of precision engine parts for aviation clients needed to boost productivity on the company’s turning machines. Improvement methods, which would focus on set-up time reduction, had to maintain exact tolerances … [Read more...]

How to get OCM Right: Questions and Steps to Lasting Change

By Jon Thorne, Daniel Penn Associates Is your organization contemplating major changes in structure, operations, business practices? Unless the change is something minor, like a process adjustment or a new role, making lasting change through an … [Read more...]

How to Not Sabotage Production

Free Manufacturing Self-Assessment How are you tracking your facility's production availability, throughput and quality? How much time are you spending on RCM, PdM, TPM, inventory control? What's the plan for keeping everyone up to speed and … [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...]