PDCA: Plan, Do, Check, Act

PDCA: Plan, Do, Check, Act

What is the PDCA Cycle? PDCA stands for plan, do, check, and either act or adjust. It’s essentially the foundation of continuous improvement. Made popular by W. Edwards Deming, an engineer, statistician, management consultant, and generally considered to be the...
The Goal: A Book Club Review

The Goal: A Book Club Review

Here at SensrTrx, all of our employees participate in a book club. Sound silly? It’s not. Once a week, we meet (via Zoom) to discuss a few chapters from a book. The book topics vary – maybe it’s a manufacturing book or a book on sales. Every person...
What Makes a Great Leader with Mike Leigh

What Makes a Great Leader with Mike Leigh

Summary Mike Leigh is the President of OpX Solutions, a performance improvement company that helps manufacturers remove the barriers that prevent them from achieving their goals by developing leaders and improving processes. As such, Mike knows a lot about what makes...
An Employee Incentive Program That Actually Works

An Employee Incentive Program That Actually Works

What are your thoughts on an employee incentive program? Love them, hate them? If you ask us, we love manufacturing incentive programs because they can improve the efficiency of the company. But, if those programs aren’t done correctly, well, it can have the exact...
The Foundations of Lean with Nick Hinman

The Foundations of Lean with Nick Hinman

Summary As the VP of Corporate Strategy at Tacony, Nick Hinman’s focus is on maximizing the customer experience while ensuring the business continually improves. Over the years, he has become an expert in all things lean, culture, and value. In this episode of...
What is OEE Software?

What is OEE Software?

OEE generally measures 3 things – performance, quality, and availability. Not only is it software that measures OEE and its components, but it also involves some sort of hardware solution to help you gather that data automatically from your machines. It’s kind...
Workforce Development with Tony Spielberg

Workforce Development with Tony Spielberg

In our first-ever podcast episode of Zen and the Art of Manufacturing, we welcome Tony Spielberg to the show. Bryan Sapot, CEO of SensrTrx, sits down with Tony to talk about workforce development. Here’s a couple of key takeaways on how Tony built a lean culture...
The DAMAIC Process vs. SensrTrx

The DAMAIC Process vs. SensrTrx

What is DAMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control?) DAMAIC stands for define, measure, analyze, improve, and control. It’s a methodology used to improve processes with 5 steps in total. For the sake of this blog, we’re going to refer to the...
What is Bottleneck Analysis?

What is Bottleneck Analysis?

How Do I Find the Bottleneck in My Plant? To perform a bottleneck analysis, you must first identify the bottleneck(s) in your plant. Finding the bottleneck in the plant depends on what you have available. If you have data from SensrTrx, you can use the data to help...