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Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

April 2015    |    Volume: 47    |    Number: 4

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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Lean is not cheap

Collaboration plus investment can break down silos and optimize supply chains
By Bublu Thakur-Weigold and Anthony Lorenzon 

Rethinking facility design

Facility design for the modern world needs a new set of thinking
By Shahrukh Irani and Smart Khaewsukkho 

Redesigning the cell

It doesn’t take expensive changes to get more productivity out of assembly lines
By Raj Sanne 

The calm and the chaos

When compared to rigid order, some entropy in your management goals could be a good thing
By D. Keith Denton 


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • RFID at retail level becoming a solid capital investment
  • Alternate wording in employment ads increases number, quality of applicants
  • Transformation allows Cummins to remain a player in engine markets
  • Technique could manufacture "miracle material" on industrial scale
  • Data could help cycling coalition overcome hurdles in Halifax
  • Use of Australian maritime center allows port designers to save millions
  • Wife's idea spurs IE husband's patent-pending device
  • Book of the month: Industrial Engineering: Management, Tools and Applications by Bopaya Bidanda, Ihsan Sabuncuoglu and Bahar Y. Kara


Performance by Kevin McManus

Perfect attendance plus

Management by Paul Engle

Managing through uncertainty

Health Systems by William "Ike" Eisenhauer

Prescriptions along the Oregon Trail ...

Supply Chain by James A. Tompkins

The risks of aging material handling equipment


This month in IIE news

The April issue includes a profile of IIE's new president-elect, Michael Foss; details about a town hall taking place at the IIE Annual Conference and Expo in May; a reminder about the April 15 abstract submission deadline for the Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference; a review of highlights and honors from February's Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2015; a call for nominations to be elected to IIE's board of trustees; and a continuing show of support by UPS as it once again sponsors IIE female and minority award, scholarships.

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April 2015

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"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.