Jeff Kopenitz

The DVIRC Director of Advanced Manufacturing, Jeff specializes in helping manufacturers enhance growth, profitability and business value through continuous improvement processes.

A Lean Master, Jeff has studied at Japan’s Shingijutsu Institute under the direction of Yoshiki Iwata, Chihiro Nakao and Akira Takenaka, pupils of Taiichi Ohno, creator of the Toyota Production System. Jeff is also an expert in Six Sigma analysis, Just-in-Time and other methods for identifying obstacles and implementing opportunities for positive change. With more than 25 years experience in the manufacturing and service industries, Jeff’s expertise includes operations management, quality, engineering, value stream mapping, cellular manufacturing, visual control, total productive maintenance, set up and lot-size reductions, plant layout redesign and Lean office.

Jeff has served as a guest lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, as an adjunct professor at Montgomery County Community College, and Philadelphia University. Jeff is a Board member of the Philadelphia University Engineering Advisory Board. He holds an MBA from Saint Joseph’s University and a BA in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Significant Accomplishments

  • Saved a plant from closing by implementing Lean methodologies. Quality and delivery were improved, costs were reduced, top line growth was increased and 200-plus jobs were saved.
  • Helped a specialty pipe fittings manufacturer remain competitive by reducing costs and pricing. Through Lean cellular manufacturing methods and staff training, cycle times were shorted from 9 weeks to 3 days. Process improvements generated savings of more than $6,000 per unit per day and productivity was increased by 65 percent. In addition, the company decreased floor space utilization from 2,400 to 760 ft.
  • Part of a team that helped an organization drive improvements of: $1.2 million in cost savings over a 36 month period of time; Cycle time reduction of 200%; Productivity improvements of 25%

Industry Experience

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Medical Device
  • Chemical
  • Aerospace
  • Electronics
  • Healthcare
  • Construction
  • Automotive
  • Food
  • Packaging
  • Design & Display
  • Machining
  • Plastics