Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

September 2012    |    Volume: 44    |    Number: 9

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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Care compression

Care compression

Lab management personnel at a Michigan-based healthcare system teamed up with an experienced professional from the new Department of Process Improvement to design optimal workflow for the consolidated lab before architects began their design process. Using principles and techniques from the Toyota Production System toolbox, 2P methodologies, A3 thinking methodology and Six Sigma, the team's goal was to develop lean workflow and design the new physical space to support that work.
By Cynthia L. Seaver

Taking dashboards out of Wonderland 

Taking dashboards out of Wonderland

It's seemingly a prerequisite now for two organizations to agree on a common set of dashboards and metrics. Too often, communications stop and, as a result, dashboards fail to reflect an agreement about what is important and how success is to be measured. As Humpty Dumpty pointed out, “The question is which is to be master.” Dashboards are important, but they must be created in collaboration between supplier and buyer to be effective.
By Bruce Karr

Alleviating four-legged problems 

Alleviating four-legged problems 

Equine veterinarians or “horse doctors” are exposed to physically strenuous work tasks on a daily basis, which can cause bodily injury. Although serious acute trauma can occur from the occasional horse kick or other events, the most common injuries are work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) due to cumulative micro-trauma. A recent study was expected to reveal those tasks contributing most to the overall risk of veterinarian injury.
By Meghan Rogers, Kinley Taylor and David Kaber

Building brand you

Building brand you

In addition to getting a good degree in industrial engineering, how else can you prepare to get a good job that helps set up a great career? Most of us recognize that earning a degree is just the beginning of developing competence. So graduating with a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering is just the starting point. While education helps to accelerate experience, it cannot replace experience.
By Gregory H. Watson

 

Primed for decision analysis

Primed for decision analysis

When making decisions, humans apply heuristics – “rules of thumb” – that they have learned or developed through experience. Yet decision heuristics can be misleading. Decision analysis helps decision makers evaluate tough decisions by managing complexity in a way that provides a compelling and defensible course of action.
By Theresa J. Barker