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People and performance in manufacturing

Watershed moments in Wisconsin
Wednesday, Oct. 20 Location Code
1:30pm-3:00pm Virtual WT/05

Times listed in EDT.


Barry-Wehmiller's BWPapersystems site in Phillips, Wisconsin was one of the first facilities to join Barry-Wehmiller's two-decade lean journey. Here, the organization has implemented a full complement of continuous improvement tools and complete multiple PDCA cycles to refine and improve them. On this tour, you will experience the company's commitment to visual management and meet some of the key team members driving its continuous improvement journey. 


See how clear communication of strategy deployment leads to customer-focused conversations in BWPapersystems' mission control (obeya) rooms, which now operate with a hybrid of traditional boards and applied technology. Then, see how this thinking translates into manufacturing and a supply chain that feeds multiple product lines and ultimately leads to a rigorous factory acceptance test process. Through the entire process, you will see how the company's commitment to customer trust impacts the way it shares the story of each order and keeps all team members involved in planning and improvement. 


Barry-Wehmiller is a diversified global supplier of engineering consulting and manufacturing technology for the packaging, corrugating, sheeting and paper-converting industries. The sum of more than 85 acquisitions, Barry-Wehmiller’s business model has brought it in contact with a wide array of leadership and organizational methods. By blending people-centric leadership with disciplined operational strategies and purpose-driven growth, Barry-Wehmiller has become a $3 billion organization with nearly 12,000 team members united by a common belief: to use the power of business to build a better world.

The BW Papersystems site in Phillips, Wisconsin is a signature site across BW, recognized for its transformation of culture and performance referenced in Chapman's book. The Phillips facility manufactures a variety of product lines, including heavy machining of components and assembly of machines as long as a football field.