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Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

August 2014    |    Volume: 46    |    Number: 8

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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Concentration is crucial

Employees don’t all have short attention spans, but they do need an environment that encourages laser-like focus

By Stephen C. Harper 

Value is not always binary

Regarding value as only binary has lean practitioners overlooking hidden process wastes

By Steve Borris 

The Internet of Manufacturing Things

The Internet of Things and making things more efficiently

By Thomas R. Cutler 

Ministerial avocation

Project management techniques can help churches and service organizations get things done better
By Vincent W. Howell 

Driving effective inventory management

Solid inventory management shouldn’t cripple customer service
By Oviamathi K 


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • Current management practices not able to identify source of questionable minerals
  • Collaborative robots increase safety concerns for humans
  • Work measurement skills optimize efficiency, ergonomics at Pilgrim's Pride
  • Executive pushes single-shot cavity presses for better efficiency, lower costs
  • Online peer review offers improvement in surgical techniques
  • Connecting younger generation's cultural values to company activities
  • University of Pittsburgh IE professor will head graduate program
  • A review of Communication for Continuous Improvement Projects by Tina Kanti Agustiady


Performance by Kevin McManus

The weak fix box and how to escape

Management by Paul Engle

Policies, frameworks and risk management

Health Systems by William "Ike" Eisenhauer

It’s not all about the numbers

Manufacturing by Paul Templin

Remembering the greatest generation

Systems Engineering by Ricardo Valerdi

Reforming health systems


This month in IIE news

The August issue includes a review of the IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014. The conference, which includes the Applied Solutions Conference and the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC), brought industrial engineers and IE types to Montréal for four days of more than 750 educational sessions, facility tours, networking events, pre-conference workshops and exhibits. 

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"Alibaba soon will either be your biggest competitor or your biggest ally. It’s up to you to decide." 

– James Tompkins, from his Supply Chain column in the October issue


Training humanitarian IEs 

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