Bob Yenkner

Owner at Practical Process Improvement

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Bob Yenkner is the President of Practical Process Improvement and has over 30 years of hands-on international experience in dental labs, medical devices, clinical research, automotive and consumer goods. Projects include process flow in dentures, crown and bridge, remake elimination and organizational development. He has extensive experience in productivity tools such as value stream mapping, mistake proofing, Kaizen, cellular manufacturing and 6S.

Mr. Bob Yenkner, Principal of Practical Process Improvement (PPI) provides practical and realistic support for business improvement efforts. Bob offers over thirty years of hands-on international experience in a variety of industries including Dental Labs, Medical Devices, Clinical research, Electronics, Aerospace, Automotive, Consumer goods, and Chemicals. Processes he has worked on include Dental Lab process flow and remake elimination, Electronic PCBA and Assembly, Forging, Investment casting, Injection molding, and Machining. He has played key roles in Lean Manufacturing design and implementation, Lean Office processes, Theory of Constraints, Operational Assessment, Supply Chain development, Manufacturing/ Project management, and Process redesign. He has extensive experience in the implementation of such productivity programs as Value Stream Mapping, Mistake Proofing, Set-up reduction, Kaizen, Cellular Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Supply Chain Development, Demand Flow and Total Productive Maintenance. Past positions include Senior Supplier Development Engineer for Covidien; General Manager of Seconn Fabrication; Director, Americas Lean Operations of the Celestica Corporation; Manager of Operations Improvement with the Black & Decker Corporation; and Production Planning Supervisor for the Wiremold Company. In all his experiences, Bob maintains a focus on the use of teamwork, world-class manufacturing skills, and delivering bottom-line results to the business.