Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

August 2011    |    Volume: 43    |    Number: 8

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Sustainably driven supply chains 

Sustainably driven supply chains

The drive to go “green” hit supply chains like a thunderclap in July 2009. That’s when Wal-Mart announced that its suppliers would have to improve sustainability in their supply chains. Including logistics in your green manufacturing can result in cutting major costs.
By Ayse Bayat, Sekar Sundararajan, H. Robert Gustafson Jr. and Emory W. Zimmers Jr.

The study of time

The study of time 

In many operational settings, time represents a critical performance driver. For example, in their book On the Mend, Dr. John Toussaint and Roger A. Gerard note the importance of minimizing time in the healthcare industry, especially when time to treatment is the most critical factor regarding a patient’s chance for recovery. Indeed, in many emergency response settings, time really is of the essence.
By Jerry Harbour

Keeping a meaningful score

Keeping a meaningful score 

In today’s business world, we have grown accustomed to working “in” the business and spend an ever decreasing amount of time working “on” the business. To ensure that all employees focus on the right things to move toward our vision and strategic goals, businesses must have a way to keep score. Beware — you will achieve what you measure, so be careful what you measure.
By Patrick Davidson

Choosing what works

Choosing what works 

"Lean tools" never were designed to handle the operating conditions and constraints of HMLV manufacturing facilities. This is more pronounced in the case of job shops. They must select a manufacturing strategy that suits them. And any change in manufacturing strategy will force significant changes in the methods and tools that a job shop uses, and choosing the wrong tools could spell disaster.
By Shahrukh Irani

Improve how you improve

Improve how you improve 

Improvement is the business religion and solid fundamental platform that makes everything else better. If lean Six Sigma is not successful at producing sustainable results in your organization, it is not the fault of lean Six Sigma.
By Terence T. Burton



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