Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

November 2012    |    Volume: 44    |    Number: 11

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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FEATURES

Rediscovering the kata way

Modified Toyota continuous improvement method can lead to the next frontier of innovation
By Conrad Soltero

Give ratio-delay a chance

Tried and true IE tools like work sampling should not be forgotten
By Eli Konorti

Ergonomics in a changing world

Leveraging technology for the good, the bad and the ugly
By Winnie Ip

A new way to find bottlenecks

Using descriptive statistics yields solid results with less computational burden
By Tommy White, Sankar Sengupta and Robert P. Vantil

FRONT LINE

Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • Professor combines open-source technology, 3-D printers to lower costs for his research laboratory
  • Company's Super Scooter casts light on perils, promise of industrial engineering on green products
  • NCEES to gradually shift PE Exam toward computerized version
  • Study: 45 percent of laid-off workers would return to their job
  • University of Louisville’s school of engineering receives software grant worth $427 million
  • Purdue industrial engineer's manufacturing technique could unlock electrical properties
  • Book of the month: Lead with a Story: A Guide to Crafting Business Narratives that Captivate, Convince and Inspire by Paul Smith

PERSPECTIVES

Performance by Kevin McManus

The real lean upside

Management by Paul Engle 

Mending fences

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres 

CPI in public service

Manufacturing by Paul Templin 

A failure of culture

Systems Engineering by Ricardo Valerdi 

Requirements are king

FOCUS

This month in IIE news

The November issue features a profile of the two keynote speakers at next year’s Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference; a reminder to submit entries by Nov. 30 to compete for the Ergo Cup; an opportunity for IIE members to contribute to the Guide to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge; a second chance for students to enter the IIE/Arena Student Simulation competition; and some final details about how to attend the Best Practices in Managing Continuous Improvement virtual conference on Nov. 16.

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QUOTE/UNQUOTE

"For 22 years, I did not know that significant chunks of the syllabi of some core IE courses have been rendered obsolete by the industrial engineering developed and practiced by Toyota. This 'real' industrial engineering needs to replace current IE curricula." 

– Shahrukh A. Irani, from the cover story in the September issue, "What I should have taught"

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