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Industrial and Systems Engineering at Work

October 2016    |    Volume: 48    |    Number: 10

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers

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Lean is a people-centric system

For decades, Toyota has maintained that employees are central to its vaunted production system – the rest of the world should agree
By Daniel Jones and Michael Ballé 

Hit and miss ergonomics education

Across the nation, it seems like universities are de-emphasizing human factors courses
By James Rethaber 

ISO? Lean? Why not both?

Jewelry manufacturer shows how the two quality initiatives can work under one roof
By Joe Perillo 

The triple bottom line

Safety, innovation and lean methodology all are necessary for a successful bottom line
By Jim Rock 

Facility layout payout

Using science can improve your workflow, reduce material handling and trim manpower use
By Raj Sanne 


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • A few changes can curb CO2 emissions and make your workforce happier
  • Engine maker Cummins uses tool to improve customer care
  • Explaining employment gaps increased hiring chances by up to 40 percent
  • UAB researchers create jacket to explore more powerful form of mobile computing
  • Printers could serve meals for military
  • Instrument will help manufacture wings of Boeing's new 777X jet
  • Site to See: Feds offer free online tool to calculate emissions impacts, energy benefits
  • Book of the month: Design for Six Sigma: A Practical Approach through Innovation by Elizabeth A. Cudney and Tina Kanti Agustiady


Performance by Kevin McManus

Failing to see down the road

Management by Paul Engle

Cloud storage: Flexible, inexpensive and worth it

Health Systems by William "Ike" Eisenhauer

Did we listen? Re-examining the IOM/NAE call

Supply Chain by Jim Tompkins

Your supply chain and Brexit, explained


This month in IISE news

The October issue includes articles about a Georgia Tech professor and IISE chapter leader, the 20th anniversary of the Applied Ergonomics Conference, IISE honors and scholarships, new presentation formats at IISE Annual, and a farewell to a retiring member of IISE staff.

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September 2016

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"Toyota showed us how to form people-centric solutions in which the employees themselves contribute to designing and running their own processes. … We realized that the Toyota Production 'System' was actually a learning system." 

– From "Lean is a people-centric system" by Daniel Jones and Michael Ballé in the October 2016 issue


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 IISE 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.