The Innovation Hub helps inventors, entrepreneurs and manufacturers design, prototype, build, test and deliver new products. We have completed successful projects with a variety of companies and inventors, and we work closely with some of Arkansas’s best designers and engineers to meet the needs of our clients. Through the joint collaboration of Arkansas Economic Development Commission Manufacturing Solutions and the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, we are able to guide clients from product idea to commercialization.
Manager of Client Services
E-mail: pplyler (at) arkansasedc (dot) com
Phil Plyler serves as Manager of Client Services at Arkansas Economic Development Commission Manufacturing Solutions. Phil has over 25 years of extensive experience in several industries including automotive, medical equipment, building materials, steel pipe manufacturing and testing. He previously held engineering and management positions in R&D, product development, engineering, quality systems, product testing, operations and continuous improvement.
Prior to joining AEDC, Phil worked with major manufacturers including Texas Instruments, Michelin and Hill-Rom. He has also been a member of a consulting engineering firm, and owned and operated a small business.
Phil is trained on the Toyota Production Systems (Lean). He led various programs including product development teams that implemented TPS/Continuous Improvement/Lean methodology into the development of new products, which involved concurrent engineering with rapid development of products while simultaneously developing manufacturing cells. Phil was also instrumental in introducing JIT and SPC into production areas, and he developed and taught courses on process improvement and product uniformity. Phil initiated and implemented a rapid prototype system that reduced turnaround times for submissions to OEM customers by over one-third. He also led teams through value stream mapping that transformed a custom order process resulting in shorter lead times, better communications with internal and external customers, and reduction of scrap rates. He has been awarded multiple patents. Phil holds a BS Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Arkansas.
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ABOUT ARKANSAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION MANUFACTURING SOLUTIONS
Manufacturing Solutions is a program of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) and an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) to provide manufacturing extension services to Arkansas manufacturers.