Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

June 2011    |    Volume: 43    |    Number: 6

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The missing ingredient? 

The missing ingredient? 

Boeing assembles the world's largest-selling passenger aircraft, the 737, in a plant in Renton, Wash., that is a marvel of lean manufacturing. But the one thing that could make the company's lean program even better is a focus on value stream identity.
By Richard J. Schonberger

Fighting failure with the Internet 

Fighting failure with the Internet 

Assembling a project team for failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) can be tricky when the necessary people are all over the world. This article offers guidelines -- via a case study of an international FMEA project with a Google Groups website -- to using Web-based collaborative environments.
By Valerie G. Caryer Cook and Ahad Ali

Trucking on down to savings 

Trucking on down to savings 

When a Mexican steel products company decided to redesign its trucking-transportation strategy, it employed the seven-step method introduced by Helen Clegg and Susan Montgomery in their 2005 article "7 Steps for Sourcing Information Products." This article describes how the company implemented the steps to achieve success.
By Homero H. Contreras

Three little words 

Three little words 

There are few, if any, universal solutions to inventory management, but efforts to reduce or eliminate inventories require a focus on the roles of technology, infrastructure and culture as change agents. Those three elements have to work together for any inventory management program to thrive.
By Richard E. Crandall and William "Rick" Crandall

Discipline your lean sigma operations 

Discipline your lean sigma operations 

Using focus groups, supplier surveys and other data, researchers have identified five views of lean sigma and 10 program management disciplines that lean sigma leaders need to develop in order to achieve world-class performance.
By Arthur V. Hill, Wieyong Zhang and Glenn H. Gilbreath

 


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