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Guest Spotlight
Phil Winkelmann, Plastic Packaging Technologies

Phil Winkelmann serves as continuous improvement manager at Plastic Packaging Technologies. After a Phil Winkelmann, Plastic Packaging Technologiesrigorous lean journey, the Columbus, OH-based facility now has the distinction of being named a 2019 IndustryWeek best plant finalist. 

The flexible packaging manufacturer produces innovative packaging solutions for customers in food, snack and beverage, health and medical, lawn and garden, pet care and specialty consumer products. The company’s roll stock supplies include stand-up pouches, 3-sided seal packages and single-web quad bags.

Prior to Plastic Packaging Technologies, Phil worked as a continuous improvement leader at a number of manufacturing and logistics companies, including project manager at Cardinal Health and Senior Honeywell Operating System Specialist.  He earned a master’s in business administration as well as a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Key words: lean, KPM, company culture, layered audits

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Manufacturing Tomorrow is a podcast series brought to you by the Ohio Manufacturing Institute at The Ohio State University. Featuring the perspectives of manufacturing leaders, we focus on the advanced manufacturing innovations, solutions and partnerships that exist in our region now and that will propel industry in the future.

Our guests include the unsung heroes of advanced manufacturing, from company C-suite executives and engineers to industry-facing academics, supportive government agencies and regional economic development organizations. Interviews cover the latest topics on products, processes – and groundbreaking relationships –the best manufacturers engage in to infuse entrepreneurialism in their daily operations.

Our mission is threefold: to provide a voice to small and large manufacturers, educate the public on the value of manufacturing innovation to the U.S. economy, and showcase how Ohio’s technology resource support providers (e.g., higher education, technical centers, and MEPs) boost advanced manufacturing solutions. We ask guest speakers about what catalysts are needed to collaborate on new products and processes, how to reduce academic-industry barriers, and the types of technical resources that can truly bolster manufacturing productivity. 

A special thanks for production support goes to Eric French at WOSU and Thomas Evans, Ohio State Media Services.  
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