Mr. Hess has 32 years manufacturing experience and was instrumental in the implementation of a Lean Production System in the aerospace industry that propelled his employer from #3 domestically to the #1 supplier of gas turbine rings in the world. Education, training and a smooth implementation are key to a successful Lean transformation and both are available through DOCTOR LEAN
Mr. Hess holds a BS Mechanical Engineering from The University New Hampshire and an MBA from The Pennsylvania State University. He has been certified by NIST-MEP as a Master Trainer and Implementer of Lean Manufacturing and has facilitated Lean workshops both here and abroad. He is Lean Bronze Certified by AME/SME
/Shingo and considered a Lean “sensei.”
Mr. Hess has been instrumental in developing an alliance with the Lean Aerospace Initiative (LAI) located at MIT and working on a collaborative Enterprise Value Stream Project at a major MA defense contractor. He was the Lead Consultant on a Lean Production System Implementation at a major ships parts contractor which was considered by the sponsoring shipyard to be the premier Lean implementation effort from round one (1) of their National Supply Chain Development effort. That project resulted in a 250% increase in repair capacity for Navy ships parts.
"Mr. Hess was the lead consultant on a plant layout/cell design project that saved 86 American jobs, reduced space occupied by 65%, increased capacity by 327% and produced $36M in retained sales. Plant senior management officials say employees are happier, abenteeism is down and turn over is basically zero. The project was a resounding success.
Hi. My name is Dave Hess, LBC-sensei (aka. Doctor Lean "the Kaizenator"). I have been working with the World Class Manufacturing tool set for 32 years, spanning the steel foundry, aerospace parts, steel wire, aerospace fabrications and aluminum extrusions industries. As a consultant, I have touched at least 3 dozen more different manufacturing environments. If you have a need for real hands on Lean instruction, consulting, Lean Implementation facilitation, give me a call (978) 204-5473 or email me at