Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

April 2014    |    Volume: 46    |    Number: 4

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The supply and demand of RFID 

The supply and demand of RFID

RFID is easy to use, could track individual products packed in crates and can scan from significant distances. Thus, RFID has emerged as the long-term technology of choice in both the pharmaceutical and food industry supply chains. The market for RFID likely will continue to grow, but it faces challenges that include high capital costs, a lack of technological maturity, minimal global standardization and substandard government regulations.
By Mohsen Attaran

Great expectations

Great expectations 

This month's Industrial Engineer includes some recommended reading for IEs during the holiday season. Whether they're for personal study or stuffing stockings, these books discuss an array of topics including lean, Six Sigma, process improvement and sustainability.
Compiled by Michael Hughes

Simulation success skills

Simulation success skills 

A simulation project is much more than building a model. The skills required go well beyond knowing a particular simulation tool. Taking important precautions can enable project success and help avoid common traps. This article discusses the techniques for successful simulation projects, some of which can help in numerous other projects.
By David Sturrock

Sharpening coordinated care processes

Sharpening coordinated care processes 

Eliminating waste and process variation certainly have their place in manufacturing, but lean and Six Sigma have value elsewhere – including managed care. The case study described in this article involves a coordinated care plan that primarily focuses on the Medicare Advantage market. This operation differentiates itself from other coordinated care plans by focusing its resources around the physicians in its network, which allows the physicians to manage the care of the members in the best possible fashion.
By Brandon Deihl

Distributing work for a revolution

Distributing work for a revolution 

The fact is that useful facility layout technology does exist. These tools perform Richard Muther’s systematic layout planning and systematic handling analysis methods, and add analysis tools within AutoCAD that IEs need. Communication about these tools in Asia has not been effective or sufficient. This yields lower skilled IEs and less realization of the value of the IE profession.
By Murali Chemuturi