Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

August 2012    |    Volume: 44    |    Number: 8

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Managing demand uncertainty 

People, processes and leadership revolutionize HP media’s supply chain
By Rob Wilkins, Bublu Thakur-Weigold and Stephan M. Wagner

A strategy for shorter breakdowns 

A ‘mini’ Six Sigma approach can resolve downtime problems
By Saso Krstovski and Ahad Ali

Making the solution work 

Leadership makes all the difference when smaller enterprises adopt information technology
By Alejandro J. Cataldo, Robert J. McQueen and Marcos Sepulveda

The generations of improvement 

Lessons from the past can leverage the greatest opportunities in history
By Terence T. Burton


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • Purdue revises recruitment language to boost female undergraduate enrollment
  • Manufacturing executives maintain economic optimism, seek ways to trim costs
  • Researchers say groups are better at unleashing brainpower than individuals
  • RFID wristbands used to replace tickets at music festival
  • Tips on low cost ways to reduce energy
  • UAE university offers industrial engineering degree following high demand
  • NCEES announces changes to the Fundamentals of Engineering exam
  • ABC News: More healthcare institutions adopting pet therapy programs
  • Book of the month: A Professional's Guide to Decision Science and Problem Solving: An Integrated Approach for Assessing Issues, Finding Solutions and Reaching Corporate Objectives  by Frank A. Tillman and Deandra T. Cassone


Performance by Kevin McManus

Our special cause world

Management by Paul Engle 

Lean office?

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres 

My favorite visual things

Manufacturing by Paul Templin 

Ode to the American worker

Systems Engineering by Ricardo Valerdi 

A new era of space exploration


This month in IIE news

The August issue features a review of the IIE Annual IE Conference and Expo 2012. The conference, which includes the Applied Solutions Conference and the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC), boasted more than 1,600 attendees.

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"After a week of collaborative work, the company's global operations had established the principle that managing the company's 'cost to serve' is not always about making everything cost less. Schaffner and other organizations that take the lean journey must keep mindful of this important concept: In the end-to-end supply chain, lean does not always mean cheap." 

– Bublu Thakur-Weigold and Anthony Lorenzon, in the cover story from the April issue, "Lean is not cheap"


The best job ever 

The best job ever

Mark Wallace with UPS discusses why his job is the coolest job for an industrial engineer in this December 2014 Web exclusive.

Resurrection in Atlanta 

Resurrection in Atlanta

Members of the IIE Atlanta Chapter appear in this October 2014 video to discuss the value of a revitalizing the chapter.

Training humanitarian IEs 

Training humanitarian IEs

IE interviews the three co-directors of Georgia Tech’s Center for Health and Humanitarian Logistics.