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Roy Vasher

Assistant Professor of Management
Purdue University

Abstract: "Smart Robotics for Kitting in the Automobile Industry"

Roy Vasher's talk will discuss innovative approaches to use robots for kitting parts for automobile assembly -enabling custom kits to synchronize with line sequences. Such innovative robot assistance can enable increased personalization of manufactured product without increasing costs. Incorporating robots effectively and economically is one of the key challenges in Managing Smart Manufacturing.

Roy Vasher began his career at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI. He served as Information Systems Manager in Ford Division and Finance Staff. During his 19+ years at Toyota, Roy developed deep insight and experience on how to integrate Information Technology to support lean processes by serving as General Manager, Information Systems. Roy led a cross-functional team to streamline and integrate Toyota's vehicle supply chain to reduce Order-to-Delivery lead-time and optimize vehicle inventory – leading the industry in these innovations. Roy is currently Assistant Professor of Management at Purdue University. Roy is also a Lean Consultant and President of RPV Consulting, LLC. He co-authored Toyota's Supply Chain Management: A Strategic Approach to Toyota’s Renowned System.