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Understanding behavioral patterns 

Understanding behavioral patterns

To increase productivity, manufacturing and product design processes traditionally have been standardized for mass production, with products being designed to satisfy the most common user preferences. However, with the explosive increase in Internet usage, it is now possible to capture the trending preferences of both individual users and the population as a whole in a cost-efficient manner.
By Keith Thompson, Bichen Zheng, Sang Won Yoon, Sarah Lam and Nathan Gnanasambandam 

Moving things around safely 

Moving things around safely

According to research studies, injuries for most companies likely result from poor ergonomics, with the majority coming from manual material handling tasks. If ergonomic-related injuries do not account for 50 percent of your total injuries, they likely account for more than 50 percent of the costs. When making a business case for ergonomics, it is important to address those disciplines responsible for making it a priority.
By Christy Lotz 

The new race to the patent office 

The new race to the patent office

Industrial engineers are often involved in the design, manufacture and improvement of products and processes. In some instances, these new products and processes include an inventive concept that may be eligible for patent protection. This intellectual property is critically important to a company's ability to compete in the marketplace. But stakeholders must now revisit how they seek out patent protection.
By Basil M. Angelo 

Faster value stream maps 

Faster value stream maps

In too many instances, the process of producing the VSM of the entire universe takes the place of what should be the original objective: continuous improvement and solving business problems. The intentions of everyone are great, and the power of VSM itself means that some efforts discover significant improvement opportunities. However, organizations can achieve much more value with an accelerated and targeted approach.
By Terence T. Burton 

 

 




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