Saturday, June 16, 2018

Improve - Continuous and Periodic Improvement of Productivity - Applied Industrial Engineering


Process Step of Applied Industrial Engineering - Industrial Engineering 4.0

Monitor - Explore - Analyze - Develop - Optimize - Participate - Install - Improve


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Once commercial products starts and productivity audit confirms that planned productivity is achieved, industrial engineering department starts its routine productivity management of the new technology project.

Productivity improvement effort has two major branches. Continuous and Periodic Improvement efforts. In continuous improvement task, there is a system in place to encourage and collect productivity improvement ideas of all operators, supervisors, engineers and managers. The front line people have to be empowered to do trails of their ideas, if they do not involve any special investments. If investment is involved, there has to a fund to provide the necessary funds and things. Work simplification workshops also now known as Kaizen events or Productivity Action Teams have to conducted to facilitate group learning and brain storming.

Periodic improvement is done through projects initiated by IE department as process studies or method studies to identify opportunities for productivity improvement periodically.

Install - Be An Active Member of the Project Execution and Management Team - Applied Industrial Engineering



Process Step of Applied Industrial Engineering - Industrial Engineering 4.0

Monitor - Explore - Analyze - Develop - Optimize - Participate - Install - Improve


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Industrial engineers after active participation in project report or project feasibility report have to become active members of project execution team. Especially productivity related engineering items have to be designed, procured or fabricated and installed. There is quality control activity regarding these components or consumables and practices. Industrial engineers have to involve themselves in all these tasks to make sure that expected or planned productivity is realized right from the beginning in the new plant based on new technology.

Industrial engineers have to participate in project management activity also to ensure that project is completed in planned cost.

Participate - Participate in New Technology Implementation Projects - Applied Industrial Engineering




Process Step of Applied Industrial Engineering - Industrial Engineering 4.0

Monitor - Explore - Analyze - Develop - Optimize - Participate - Install - Improve


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Industrial engineering normally will not propose new technology implementation projects on a standalone basis. Normal or routine productivity engineering projects are initiated and executed by industrial engineering departments.  New technology projects are normally the responsibility of the technology department or a specially set up team.

Industrial engineers have to participate actively in the new technology implementation team. When they are involved in technology monitoring, exploration and productivity engineering development, industrial engineers can contribute substantially to the new project report preparation and make sure that project has high productivity right from the inception.

Optimize - Optimize Productivity Engineering Ideas - Applied Industrial Engineering



Process Step of Applied Industrial Engineering - Industrial Engineering 4.0

Monitor - Explore - Analyze - Develop - Optimize - Participate - Install - Improve


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Every productivity engineering problem requires generation of engineering alternatives. Each of the engineering alternatives created using various creative problem techniques has to be optimized using mathematical and statistical methods. Decision making, which is determining the idea to be used in the recommended solution has to be based on optimized alternatives.

The selection of the recommended solution also has to consider engineering economic analysis.

Develop - Develop Productivity Knowledge of New Technology - Applied Industrial Engineering


Process Step of Applied Industrial Engineering - Industrial Engineering 4.0

Monitor - Explore - Analyze - Develop - Optimize - Participate - Install - Improve


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Once industrial engineers decide to recommend a new technology for adoption by their organization or they are informed that their organization is adopting a new technology based on the initiative by operating and technology departments, industrial engineering department must engage itself in developing the productivity knowledge related to the technology. Productivity science and engineering are two core knowledge areas.  Industrial engineers have to identify various measurable characteristics or attributes of the technology and find their effect on productivity of the technology. The productivity science of the technology thus obtained will give opportunities for productivity engineering to maximize the productivity or improve the productivity. The engineering challenges identified can be solved by IEs or they can be contracted to technology consultants or internal technology development engineers.

Productivity Science

Productivity Engineering

Productivity Management 

Analysis - Productivity Analysis of New Technology - Applied Industrial Engineering


Process Step of Applied Industrial Engineering - Industrial Engineering 4.0

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Every new technology is to be analyzed for its productivity improvement potential based on the understanding of the technology gained during exploration. The inventors and transferers of technology may estimate its productivity potential based on their pilot plant or laboratory studies.

Technology consulting organizations may also publish or provide their estimates of productivity potential of new technologies.

Explore - Technology Exploration - Applied Industrial Engineering


Process Step of Applied Industrial Engineering - Industrial Engineering 4.0

Monitor - Explore - Analyze - Develop - Optimize - Participate - Install - Improve


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Any new technology that is found to be relevant to the operations of the company needs to be explored further by industrial engineers of the organization to understand it and assess its productivity improvement potential.

Cooke and Mayes (1996)  in their book, discussed the issues involved in understanding new technology.

Technology information related to three categories is to be acquired. The categories are: knowledge based information, skills-based information, and equipment based information.


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