The Kaizen Multiplier Effect: Team-Led Improvement Ideas Boost Safety, Efficiency, and Uptime for Precision Molding Operation

Company A global precision manufacturer of specialty pumps for personal care products. Objective Conduct a process mapping to find ways to improve cell layout, machine staffing, safety and productivity for two subassembly machines at one of the … [Read more...]

Improving Value Stream Productivity for a Hardware Manufacturer

A leading designer and manufacturer of hardware for industrial and consumer markets faced increased demand for a key component it produces for its aerospace and automotive customers. Long lead times were compromising their ability to deliver and … [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...]

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...]

The Chocolate Elephant

How do you eat a chocolate elephant? Well, the answer is easy and well-known – one bite at a time. The same is true when nibbling away at reducing lead time. A value stream map identifies opportunities through the build-up of work-in-process (WIP) … [Read more...]

Value Stream Mapping

Lessons from the Front How can we make creating a value stream map less burdensome and more relevant? by Tom Voss, Senior Consultant, Daniel Penn Associates We’ve seen many value stream maps (VSM) over the past 20 years, as it has become a … [Read more...]