Engineering Director Sensor Value Stream Leader
Baxter is a medical devices company which provides critical care,nutrition,renal,hospital and surgical products.
Amichai Vardi graduated with a B.A. in Physics from The Open University of Israel and an M.S. in Plastics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. After serving in the Israel Defense Forces, Mr. Vardi joined Plasel, an Israeli-based company that designs and manufactures plastic packaging for technical parts. He entered Plasel’s invitation-only manufacturing training program in 1993, attaining the position of Senior Mold Designer in 1995. Between 1997 and 1999, Amichai Vardi served as Production Manager at Plasel’s mold-making facility. In this role, he led initiatives that increased productivity by 50% and introduced an employee-training program. In 1999, he earned a promotion to Engineering Manager, supervising all tool and product design activities and successfully increasing productivity by 25% in a single year. Mr. Vardi combined rapid prototyping technologies, Moldflow, and CAE with the design process, which decreased both costs and product lead time. While at Plasel, Amichai Vardi invented Logiclick, an interlocking plastic storage system for transporting reels. In 2001, Amichai Vardi accepted a role as Senior Design Engineer with Medtronic in Northridge, California. Working in research and development, Mr. Vardi assumed responsibility for new product development from initial product conception to regulatory approval. In 2003, he became a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and continued to lead and develop projects for Medtronic, such as “Blue Pod,” which reduced the monthly accounts receivable backlog from $1.2 million to zero. Mr. Vardi also mentored and trained Lean Six Sigma Green Belts, Black Belts, and Champions at Medtronic. While serving as Director of Sensor Manufacturing, Amichai Vardi and his team reduced production costs by 25%, increased output by 67%, and reduced product lead time by 83%, earning Medtronic’s “Star of Excellence,” its highest award.