Rick WinklerTechnical Specialist

“We can show you how to do “it” right the first time and avoid wasting time, energy and resources having to do “it” again.”

Contact Information:

Phone: 314-416-1991
Cell: 314-578-7497
Email: rwinkler@imec.org


Based in the Metro East St. Louis region I work as part of high performance teams that draws upon IMEC’s extensive state and national resources to help companies implement actions to improve their productivity and competitiveness.

I have over 35 years of progressive experience in engineering and continuous improvement consulting and training. I managed various business operations, with P&L and personnel responsibilities. In addition to my experience in the private sector, I spent over 11 years with IMEC’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) affiliate center in Missouri.

As a Project Manager with Missouri Enterprise, I led projects that enabled manufacturers to improve productivity by implementing the Toyota Production System of Lean Manufacturing. I am a seasoned business management professional with a range of operational capabilities to help manufacturers improve cost, quality, and productivity performance.


  • Lean Enterprise
  • Systems Process Improvements
  • B.S. in Engineering Management with a minor in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

Specialized Skills

  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Visual Controls
  • Lean Assessment
  • Supply Chain Integration
  • 5s – Workplace Organization
  • TPM
  • Pull/Kanban Systems
  • Work Cells


Setup reduction project on CNC Machining cell resulted in an average 75% reduction in setup time across all changeovers. This provided additional capacity and flexibility across all machining centers.

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