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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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April 2015

Industrial Engineer - April 2015 


"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.