Saturday, May 19, 2018

High Productivity Through Smart Factories - Industry 4.0 - Bulletin Board

Productivity  - Productivity Science - Productivity Engineering - Productivity Management

Productivity Science

Productivity Engineering

Productivity Management


Technology Trends 2018 Accenture

Citizen AI - Extended Reality - Data Veracity - Frictionless Business - Internet of Thinking

Prof Vittal Prabhu, Prof of IE of Penn State in India during 2018-19

The research project for which he was granted the Fulbright Fellowship is titled “Smart Systems Engineering: Applications in Manufacturing and Service Industries.”

Future of Driverless Vehicles

Tidfore and FLSmidth cooperate in bulk material handling equipment intelligentizing

Innovations for the Digital Production of the Future - Volkswagen


Siemens CEO on Industry 4.0

Cube Automation,212,0,0,html/Smart-Factoree-Overview

We Deliver Results in Productivity


Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory Logistics by Bossard
Proven Productivity


Smart Machines

Smart Vertical Center - a compact machine designed for high - performance and unsurpassed value
The Smart series are designed for high productivity, compact design and environmental considerations. They provide high efficiency machining thanks to the No. 40 taper spindle with maximum spindle speed of 12000 rpm and high speed feed rates.

Smart Chocolate Factory: increased productivity and quality - Bühler
April 2017

Smart Chocolate Factory: increased productivity and quality
It is increasingly important for chocolate producers that their plants operate at full capacity. At the Interpack trade show, Bühler is demonstrating how the use of digital services and IoT technologies offers significant gains in efficiency: "With more intelligent process control, we can further improve productivity and achieve even more consistency in product quality,"


The Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, South Korea (MOTIE) announced on March 10, 2016 that it has assisted in the construction of smart factories in 1,240 small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Smart factories are  defined as facilities that are fully automated based on information technology. The smart facilities have improved the SMEs’  productivity by approximately 25%.



Published on 3 Dec 2015
MES can improve your shop floor productivity by over 30%. FORCAM MES relies on real-time data processing and machine data collection in order to identify potential of optimisation. User-friendly reports and visaulisation help you monitor work orders throughout the manufacturing process and keep trace all production related data. The Smart Data generated ensures that you can stay pro-active and make sure production is on track and up to the quality standards your customers expect.

Smart Factory - A Step towards the Next Generation of Manufacturing

Lucke D., Constantinescu C., Westkämper E. (2008) Smart Factory - A Step towards the Next Generation of Manufacturing. In: Mitsuishi M., Ueda K., Kimura F. (eds) Manufacturing Systems and Technologies for the New Frontier. Springer, London

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Smart Manufacturing Leadership Council
Building the Science of Manufacturing Enterprise, 2011

Smart Process Manufacturing
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Smart Factory - Mobile Computing

Factory of Tomorrow will be Smart - Intel

Updated 2018 - 20 May 2018,   22 February, 8 January 2018,
12 December 2017, 12  July  2017

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Productivity and Industrial Engineering News - Bulletin Board

Principles of Industrial Engineering - Paper Available Online - Free Download
Proceedings - 2017 Industrial and Systems Engineering Conference

The practical application of the principles of industrial ... Society of industrial engineers. - 1920

Corporate Author: Society of industrial engineers.
Published: [Chicago, The Frederick H. Jaenicken co., printers, 1920]
Full book available for reading

Engineering Management 2005

Industrial Engineering 4.0 - IE in the Era of Industry 4.0

Industrial Engineering 4.0

Industry 4.0 - IIoT Technology - Industrial Engineering - Productivity Science

Industry 4.0 - IIoT - Productivity Engineering

Industry 4.0 - IIoT - Productivity Management

Industrial Engineering Knowledge Revision Plan - One Year Plan

The plans are liked by hundreds of professional industrial engineers in the Linked communities of industrial engineering

January - February - March - April - May - June

July - August - September - October - November - December


Free Issue fo IJPR with articles on Smart Manufacturing

January 2018

PRONTO Quick Jaw Change System for productivity



Robots manufacturing  shoe uppers 20 times faster than humans.

Using the Grabit robotic system’s electroadhesion technology, Nike is able to manufacture its shoe uppers 20 times faster than humans.
January 24, 2018

Benefits Of an Industry 4.0 CMMS

Reducing maintenance costs
Reducing asset downtime and asset failure

Top-10 Inspiring TED Talks: Productivity, Creativity and Balance

Productivity Improvement Using AI, Robots and Lidar

Doxel's  business is making construction cheaper, and their method  is combining massive amounts of data with deep-learning techniques.

 Using autonomous robots equipped with lidar, Doxel scans construction sites every day to track progress and check that things have been installed correctly.  In a recent pilot study on a medical office building, Doxel says it managed to increase labor productivity on the project by a staggering 38 percent.



What is Azure Cost Management?

How to Build a Motion-Sensored IoT ''Smart'' Pumpkin


December 2017

Innovative, High Productivity Fiber Laser Tube Cutting

TruLaser Tube 5000 fiber laser tube cutting machine from TRUMPF is the world’s first tube cutting machine with a solid-state laser to eliminate the need for a fully enclosed housing, making it quick and easy to load individual tubes and profiles or to remove finished parts while the machine is in operation.
December 30, 2017

TruLaser Tube 5000 fiber laser tube cutting machine is one more example of Product Productivity Engineering

It's time to select new leaders for IISE board for future

Measuring and Improving Productivity: A New Quantitative Approach
By Radovilsky, Zinovy D.; Gotcher, J. William
Industrial Management, Vol. 34, No. 3, May/June 1992

a. What are the factors that affect productivity?

b. How do we measure these factors?

c. What is the appropriate approach to analyze these factors?

d. What is the model that can be used for predicting productivity growth while varying the factors' values?

We attempted to analyze productivity in connection with losses which occurred during the production process.

Select Bibliography on Productivity
Quantitative Techniques in Production and Productivity
By D. Thakur

November 2017

“Industry 4.0, Leapfrog Opportunity for India” - Productivity Week Theme - India 2018

Productivity Solutions - Franklin Covey - Personal Improvement

Productivity Research Network
NUS Business School

Lancaster University Management School
Lancaster, United Kingdom

Productivity Features of New Ford Truck

October 2017

Four theories to explain the UK’s productivity woes

What is productivity? And why does it matter that it is falling again?
What does this mean for ordinary people? Why should it concern us (UK Economy)? And what can we do about it?

September 2017

Boosting productivity - Research identifies small changes that lead to big improvements in performance
By Heather Stringer
September 2017, Vol 48, No. 8

Productivity in the UK - Research Brief for Parliament
September 20, 2017

July 2017

Functions of Industrial Engineering

June 2017

A good description and discussion on Industrial Engineering and Systems Engineering and combining the two in practice.
Chapter 1 of  Handbook of |Industrial and Systems Engineering, Second Edition, Ed. by Adedeji Badiru.

The First 50 Years of the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan: 1955–2005
Don B. Chaffin;view=fulltext

Top 20 Personal Productivity Blogs

10 Must-Follow Productivity Gurus and Their Top Tips

May 2017

Principles of Industrial Engineering Presented in IISE Conference



OECD Compendium of Productivity Indicators 2017
You can download the full statistics and content.

April 2017

Productivity of Government Activities - McKinsey Report

"If all countries were to match the productivity improvements already demonstrated in government activities, the world’s governments could potentially save as much as $3.5 trillion a year by 2021—equivalent to the entire global fiscal gap."

Gone with the Headwinds : Global Productivity

IMF Staff Discussion Notes No. 17/04
Author/Editor:Gustavo Adler ; Romain A Duval ; Davide Furceri ; Sinem Kiliç Çelik ; Ksenia Koloskova ; Marcos Poplawski-Ribeiro Publication Date: April 3, 2017 Electronic Access:Free Full Text (PDF file size is 1736 KB)

Productivity growth—the key driver of living standards—fell sharply following the global financial crisis and has remained sluggish since, adding to a slowdown already in train before. Building on new research, this note finds that the productivity slowdown reflects both crisis legacies and structural headwinds.

March 2017

Understanding US productivity trends from the bottom-up
Joseph Parilla and Mark Muro, 2017

Productivity remains a critical source of prosperity.  Since 2004, productivity has been expanding at its slowest clip in the post-war era. Its causes—from declining breakthroughs in major technologies, to inefficiencies in major sectors like education, healthcare, and housing, to simply a mismeasurement issue—remain the subject of much debate.

March 2017

THE COMING PRODUCTIVITY BOOM: Transforming the Physical Economy with Information


December 2016

CEOs recognize the importance of Productivity

At the leadership level, executives of US manufacturers clearly recognize the importance of productivity. In a recent BCG study, more than 90% of the executives surveyed cited productivity as one of their top five most important corporate initiatives.
Productivity Now: A Call to Action for US Manufacturers, BCG Persepctives
DECEMBER 14, 2016

The Power of Productivity: An Assessment of UK Firms and Factors Contributing to
Productivity Enhancement
Dr Alexander Grous
London School of Economics and Political Science, December, 2016

November 2016

See entire issue of Journal of Industrial Engineering Sep - Oct 1964 for role of IEs in various types of organizations.

August 2016

Productivity as the key to economic growth and development (English)

June 2016

UK Government's Productivity Plan Review 2015-16

Investment Association UK's Productivity Plan 2016

Boosting competitiveness, managing costs and reducing emissions

Links between weak investment and the slowdown in productivity and potential output growth across the OECD
Patrice Ollivaud, Yvan Guillemette, David Turner - OECD, France
08 June 2016

May 2016

US productivity slips for first time in three decades
Prospect of wage stagnation
MAY 26, 2016

April 2016

Why Has the Cyclicality of Productivity Changed?
What Does It Mean?

Industrial Engineers – Improving Processes for More Efficiency

by Brian Rooney
October 20, 2015
Interesting writeup

Workshop Presentations on Benchmarking Project Efficiency, 30.01.2015

Center for Productivity Innovation
UT Knoxville

News on Industrial Engineering in Africa


Industrial Engineering Knowledge Revision Plan - One Year Plan

January - February - March - April - May - June

July - August - September - October - November - December

In months after June the articles prescribed have to be modified as a new scheme is started in 2015.

July 2015
New Metal Property reduces cutting force by half and speeds machining - Industrial engineering faculty of Purdue involved in research on machining,-eerie-effect-may-lead-to-manufacturing-advances.html

June 2015

Industrial Engineering, Management Science and Applications 2015
Mitsuo Gen, Kuinam J Kim, Xiaoxia Huang
Springer, Jan 1, 2015 - 1085 pages
This volume provides a complete record of presentations made at "Industrial Engineering, Management Science and Applications 2015 "(ICIMSA 2015), and provides the reader with a snapshot of current knowledge and state-of-the-art results in industrial engineering, management science and applications. The goal of ICIMSA is to provide an excellent international forum for researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry to share cutting-edge developments in the field and to exchange and distribute the latest research and theories from the international community. The conference is held every year, making it an ideal platform for people to share their views and experiences in industrial engineering, management science and applications related fields.

IIE Transations - Index to All Volumes

D.R. Towill P. Childerhouse, (2011),"Industrial engineering priorities for improved demand chain
performance", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 60 Iss 3 pp. 202 -
Permanent link to this document:

IE Course Notes by Prof Sam ADEJUYIGBE

(With special reference to Power Projects Construction)
Dr. B. Kuberudu, , Ch.Sreenivasa Rao , and  B.Sridhar
International Journal of Advanced Technology in Engineering and Science
Volume No 03, Special Issue No. 01, March 2015

ARGON has developped a service that allows for very fast scanning of fuel tanks with immediate feedback for adjusting the cooling fixture. The procedure has saved TI Lokeren (Belgium) up to 80% in time and material cost for the process approval for a Volvo fuel tank. Additionally the total geometry of the fuel tank is captured so no areas are overlooked.

"Thanks to ARGON we have significantly decreased our costs and increased the dimensional quality of our products" says Michel De Clercq, Industrial Engineering Manager of TI Automotive Lokeren.

A New Curriculum for Manufacturing & Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management for BS and MS Degrees
Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Volume 102, 22 November 2013, Pages 560–567
6th International Forum on Engineering Education (IFEE 2012)

Comparing Engineering Management and Industrial Engineering programs;jsessionid=mnzrqmht8zf6?url=file%3A%2F%2Flocalhost%2FE%3A%2Fsearch%2Fconference%2F21%2FAC%25201997Paper137.pdf&index=conference_papers&space=129746797203605791716676178&type=application%2Fpdf&charset=

May 2015

Recent Advances in Industrial Engineering - Articles - Springer Collection

Articles on Lean Manufactuing and Product Development by S. Vinodh, NIT Trichy

March 2015

IEOM International Conference on Operations Excellence and Service Engineering, September 10-11, 2015, Orlando, USA

What is Operational Excellence in Manufacturing and Supply Chain?

November 2014

Industrial Engineering Strategy  -  Companies have define their industrial engineering strategy. Do they intend to benefit from it? By how amount? Through what organization structure? How many industrial engineers will they employ? What tools they will emphasize? What are the bottle neck areas in the plant? etc.

Faculty Directory of IE Faculty Members

Compiling a directory of faculty members in top IE programs and institutes. This is the first step to compile research output in the area of IE in recent years.

Industrial Engineering Professors - Faculty - Top IE Programs and Institutes

July 2014
July - Industrial Engineering Knowledge Revision Plan

19 June 2014

Industrial Engineering Knowledge Revision Plan - Started on 17 June 2014

A division of Aldevron, a biotech company has invited researchers from University of Wisconsin-Madison to study its processes and improve the speed. The normal focus in biotech companies is to make efforts to improve yield.

26 Feb

New Lessons from Toyota - 2014 

Deryl Sturdevant,  Retired as president and CEO of Canadian Autoparts Toyota (CAPTIN)
The two pillars of the Toyota Production System are the philosophy of continuous improvement (kaizen) and training, skilling  and empowerment for people, particularly line workers. Involvement of line workers in improvement activities in a systematic manner rather than in a sporadic manner through suggestions schemes is a special feature of TPS. The line management is responsible for improvement on a continuous basis apart from the staff help. It is an American idea implemented very well in Japan.  Evaluation tools keep upgrading the bar every year in Toyota.

Rank-and-file workers know far more any particular tool than do executives. The job of executives is to understand how all the tools combine to make an effective and efficient system.

For creating any change, you need knowledge and passion. With lean journey also it is the same. You need knowledge and passion.

SMED activity is still going on in Toyota. In making an aluminum-alloy wheel five years ago, changeover required about four or five hours. But now, the process was modified so that the changeover time is down to less than an hour.

One of the basic Toyota approaches: Try and perfect any improvement before you recommend implementing it elsewhere. But once again as a principle, perfection is a moving target.

The Lean System of Motivation

Bringing lean thinking to energy
Beset by rising costs, resource-intensive manufacturers are applying lean-management thinking in new ways to reduce the amount of energy used in production, to increase resource productivity—or both.
McKinsey Article - Feb 2014

The Remedy: Bringing Lean Thinking Out of the Factory to Transform the Entire Organization

21 Feb

Industrial Engineering - Productivity Enhancing Technology Development

1000th Published Post in Industrial Engineering Knowledge Center Blog
What is Industrial Engineering?
Industrial Engineering is Human Effort Engineering and System Efficiency Engineering.
Technology is a subsystem in the Systems made efficient by industrial engineers. Hence creating efficient technology or more productive technology is a task of industrial engineering

19 Feb 2014

The Productivity Manual: Methods and Activities for Involving Employees in Productivity Improvement

Elizabeth A. Smith, Taylor & Francis, 1995 - Business & Economics - 234 pages
Managers and supervisors will appreciate the manual's straightfoward, problem-solving approach. Trainers will benefit from the quantitive and qualitive techniques for measuring, analyzing, and reporting organizational and personnel achievements.
Google Book Link

PepsiCo’s (PEP) productivity plan

PepsiCo’s (PEP) productivity plan from 2015 through 2019 will result in cost savings of $1 billion a year, About 40 percent  will come from labor cuts. Under the plan, PepsiCo will increase investment in manufacturing automation, close some manufacturing facilities, reengineer its distribution network in developed markets to be more efficient, share more back-office services, and simplify organization.
Productivity at the company hasn’t kept pace with sales growth. There are opportunities because of previous investments made in information systems, to make supply chain more efficient and go-to-market systems more efficient.
PepsiCo employed 278,000 employees in fiscal 2012, down from 297,000 a year earlier.

UK's Productivity’s Lost Decade – And How To Avoid Another
Strong GDP and employment growth throughout 2013 has highlighted productivity’s continued weakness. At the onset of the recession in Q1 2008, productivity initially fell. However, it has not recovered and remains 4% below the pre-crisis peak on an output per hour basis. Productivity has now fallen back to where it was in Q4 2005. Without improvements, we will have lived through almost a decade of stagnant productivity.

Getting Lean with Your Healthcare Practice:
Five Tips for Improving Provider Productivity with an EHR
EHR - Electronic Health Records

Introduction to Software Productivity
Galorath Incorporated
2010 presentation

Book Review: Growing the Productivity of Government Services by Patrick Dunleavy and Leandro Carrera
In this book Patrick Dunleavy and Leandro Carrera ask why government productivity has been so neglected in the study of economics and public management. Chapters cover customs regulation, tax services, and the need to embrace digital change, and the book concludes with some clear and practical advice.

12 Feb 2014

Productivity Day in India

It is important to study carefully the definition of management by Koontz and O'Donnell

"Management is the process of designing and maintaining an environment in which individuals, working together in groups, efficiently accomplish selected aims."

Also they say in the chapter on productivity,

"In reality this entire book on management is about productivity."

Are management professionals and professors following that idea?



 THE WORLD'S TOP 10 MOST INNOVATIVE Solutions from COMPANIES IN PRODUCTIVITY Improvement of people in general

NitroDesk Announces Cockpit Mobile Productivity Management Solution
Cockpit allows for management of TouchDown corporate data container

Committed to sustainable productivity
Atlas Copco is a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions. We serve customers in more than 180 countries with products and service focused on productivity, energy efficiency, safety and ergonomics.

Photoshop Keyboard Eliminates Shortcuts For Increased Productivity
The Shortcut-S is a computer keyboard created specifically for designers that use Photoshop and other graphics and video software. The keyboard has 319 tactile keys that are customizable.!vr6Gl

9 Feb 2014

11 Ways to Improve Your IT Team's Productivity

What is Lean Management?

Lean Management is management with simultaneous emphasis on customer satisfaction or goal achievement and productivity or resource consumption.

Liquid Lean: Developing Lean Culture in the Process Industries

Published: February 24, 2010 by Productivity Press Content:346 Pages |
Author(s):Raymond C. Floyd

Forth International Productivity Cartoon Festival: 

No. 164, 6th Boostan St., Opposite White Tower ( Burj-e-Sefid) , Pasdaran Ave., Tehran, Iran.,-iran-2014

The programme is a collaboration between BCA Academy and The Singapore Contractors Association Ltd (SCAL).  It caters to the specific needs of the contractors and builders in managing construction productivity. The course will be conducted over 12 sessions.  Each session will last for 3 hours in the evening, once a week.

Wide range of connectors with molded-on control cables, guarantees high productivity for your machines and systems, even in the most rugged conditions.

Designed for harsh environments, especially "no-contact" zones in the food industry, the new generation of connectors supplements the proven connectors of the M12 Food & Beverage Classic Line.

Labour Productivity in Coal Mining Sector in India: With Special to Major Coal Mining
The production of coal has increased from 35 million tons in 1951 to 409.3 million tons in 2004. At the same time, the Average Daily Employment (ADE) has increased from 352 thousand in 1951 to 405 thousand in 2004.

Oracle User Productivity Kit (UPK)
Oracle User Productivity Kit (UPK) is an easy-to-use, comprehensive content development, deployment and maintenance platform designed to increase project, programme and user productivity. With over 4 million users globally, it features out-of-the-box integration with core systems and the ability to support any application.

Productivity & Efficiency at Forefront of LexisNexis at LegalTech New York 2014
Portfolio of integrated analytical, workflow and productivity solutions drives insights and better outcomes for law firms and legal departments
“Driving efficiency and productivity is at the core of our business,” said Bob Romeo, CEO of Research & Litigation Solutions at LexisNexis.

Role of information literacy in agricultural productivity and food security: An international perspective
80th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Lyon, France in August 2014

German firm to train farmers in productivity in Uganda

The National Center for Transportation Systems Productivity and Management (NCTSPM)
conducts transportation related research in the areas of safety, state-of-good-repair, and economic competitiveness. NCTSPM is a collaboration between Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Transportation Institute, Florida International University, University of Central Florida, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and each university’s state Department of Transportation.

Port productivity: Handling freight more efficiently
February 5, 2014|By Doreen Hemlock, Sun Sentinel
Some 140 port experts from around the nation met in Fort Lauderdale this week to discuss ways to boost port productivity in a conference.

Productivity Improvement - Manufacturing Process Improvement Consulting by Maverick
As your productivity improvement consultant, MAVERICK begins by evaluating the current state of your operations regarding man, machine, material and methods — lean manufacturing’s 4M perspective on improving production processes. Then we compare benchmark findings with best-in-class operations and help you close the gaps. Because we are able to leverage the experience of 500 professionals working across the country — noting what works and what doesn’t — we’re able to incorporate best practices that might not be obvious otherwise.
Columbia, IL (World HQ)
265 Admiral Trost Drive
PO Box 470
Columbia, IL 62236

The Lean CFO: Architect of the Lean Management System

Published: September 16, 2013 by Productivity Press Content:151 Pages
Author(s):Nicholas S. Katko

5 Feb 2014

2014 Asia-Pacific Productivity Conference

The Centre for Efficiency and Productivity Analysis (CEPA) in the School of Economics at The University of Queensland is pleased to invite you to attend the 10th Asia Pacific Productivity Conference (APPC) from 8 -11 July 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.
Conference Dates: Jul 8, 2014 to Jul 11, 2014
Deadline for paper submissions: Feb 15, 2014
Deadline for participant registration: Thursday, May 15, 2014
The conference will consist of theoretical and applied sessions, as well as special-focus sessions targeting specific industries and topics. This will include topics on efficiency and productivity in industries such as the banking and energy sectors, regulated industries, agriculture, USA productivity, EU and APEC productivity, Asia-KLEMS and many more.

Heidelberg India fixing productivity with maintenance tips
Heidelberg India hosted a seminar on key maintenance and advanced trouble shooting techniques in sheetfed offset printing in Kochi.
Haribabu, head of customer service at Heidelberg addressed the audience on activities required for a print-shop, and how such efforts promote best results in print production through his presentation on ‘benefits of maintenance’.,heidelberg-india-fixing-productivity-with-maintenance-tips.aspx

Improving productivity and profitability
Maintenance can help American businesses avoid losing more than $500 billion every year to equipment breakdowns or inefficiencies.

Variable-speed drive gives Energy Savings + Productivity Improvements - ABB
 While there is a gradual improvement in those willing to invest in drives, there still remains some 90 percent of installed motors that are not speed controlled. A further 95 percent of the 11 million motors installed in the UK are oversized. Savings of more than 50 percent can be achieved by the use of a drive on these applications.

Global Total factor productivity (TFP) dipped below zero in 2013

Total factor productivity (TFP), that is, how well labour inputs combine with capital inputs to generate output, was also low, dipping below zero in 2013

DAVE: a tool for software QA productivity
DAVE stands for DAta VErification. The way it works is rather simple: first, the user chooses the environments (dev, test or prod). Second, they enter either the email address or the order key/id of the customer they’re trying to verify and press the Submit button


. It adopted and integrated lean manufacturing and continuous improvement principles into its culture and work processes. During this journey, it was determined that SFI's welding operations at its Memphis plant needed to be radically revamped and updated.

SFI's welders have been using the Lincoln Power Wave® machines and Power Feed™ wire feeders for nearly a year now and have seen a consistent 15-percent productivity gain.

4 February 2014

Professionalism in precision sheet metal manufacturing
A commitment to reducing waste and making key investments helps DeWys Manufacturing earn The FABRICATOR’s 2014 Industry Award

The Powermax125, a professional-grade plasma metal cutting and gouging system, that works as hard as you do. With the maximum power and performance for air plasma in our line, the Powermax125 severs 57 mm (2-1/4") thick metals at 125 mm/min (5 ipm). With 100% duty cycle and Powermax reliability, it is ready for the most demanding cutting and gouging jobs.

Increasing Marketing Productivity and ROI with Tealium iQ - Case Study

The McKinsey Infrastructure and Capital Productivity Academy (MICA)

Productivity and Efficiency of Groundnut Farming in Northern Taraba State, Nigeria
G.B. Taphee, A.A.U. Jongur

The Construction Productivity Handbook

Textura-PQM Software Helps Subcontractors Improve Efficiency and Enhance Productivity

Improving productivity, efficiency and safety through automation and reliable communication infrastructure Editor | February 3, 2014

Productivity and Industrial Engineering News - January 2014

Updated  2018, 16 May,  8 May,  26 January,   23 January,  1 January 2018,

31 December 2017, 8 December 2017,  27 November 2017,  10 June 2017,  12 June 2016,  27 May 2016

Monday, May 14, 2018

Technology and Productivity - Role of Industrial Engineering


Organisation of Markets
Authors: Jan De Loecker (Princeton), Allan Collard-Wexler (Duke University)

The productivity impact of new technology: evidence from the US steel industry

The introduction of new production processes can have dramatic effects on aggregate productivity within an industry.

When we evaluate the impact of a drastic technological change on aggregate productivity growth, we control for other potential drivers of productivity growth, including international competition, geography, and firm-level factors such as organization and management.


By Steven Globerman
Western Washington University
Occasional Paper Number 23
 May 2000$file/op23e.pdf


The Effect Of Technology Use On Productivity Growth

Robert H. Mcguckin , Mary L. Streitwieser  & Mark Doms
Journal - Economics of Innovation and New Technology
Volume 7, 1998 - Issue 1
Pages 1-26

We find that establishments that use advanced technologies exhibit higher productivity. This relationship is observed in both 1988 and 1993 even after accounting for other important factors associated with productivity: size, age, capital intensity, labor skill mix, and other controls for plant characteristics such as industry and region.

The Impact Of Technology Adoption On Firm Productivity
Myung Joong Kwon  & Paul Stoneman
Economics of Innovation and New Technology
Volume 3, 1995 - Issue 3-4, Pages 219-234

Three versions of the model relating productivity and technology adoption with varying degrees of endogeneity are developed and then tested upon a data set relating to the adoption of five different process technologies by 217 firms in the UK engineering industry over the period 1981–1990. All the results indicate that technology adoption has a positive impact on output and productivity.


Tweeddale J.W - Technology and Productivity

Tweeddale J.W. (1982) Productivity Enhancement: An Approach to Managing Beneficial Change in a Military-Industrial Work Setting. In: Mensch G., Niehaus R.J. (eds) Work, Organizations, and Technological Change. NATO Conference Series (II Systems Science), vol 11. Springer, Boston, MA  Page 259

Created in 1978, as a reflection of growing management concern,
The Navy's Productivity Program was created in 1978 as management identified productivity enhancement as a key performance area, The program establishes the framework for improvement.
A network of productivity principals has been established in higher echelon Navy and Marine Corps commands with a Director of Productivity Management located in the Navy Secretariat.

The Navy Productivity Program, as presently structured, explores three major areas of opportunity. These are technological advancement, organizational development and process management.


Productivity improvements derive from changes in production methods, materials and machinery which "in turn stem from the accumulation of scientific and technological knowledge. The technology factor has been credited with at least 40 percent of the growth in productivity over the past five decades of domestic industrial experience.

The thoughtful integration of  productivity-beneficial technology to the Navy's industrial base represents a critical dimension of the Productivity Enhancement Program. This process requires enhancement of the capacity of the organization to accommodate innovation and to handle uncertainty.

To create a climate which encourages technological venture and innovation, a number of funding mechanisms have been introduced.

Cost of Ownership Reduction Investment (COORI) Program

Established as a part of the Navy's FY-82 budget planning, this program creates a funding base to support high payback capital investment opportunities. Candidate projects are placed in competition
by operating managers during budget planning (approximately two years before budget approval).

Fast Payback Program

The Fast Payback Program is designed to create a funding mechanism through which managers can fund high payback projects with short lead time provided the projects satisfy the following criteria:
1. The project costs less than $300,000 ($100,000 non-NIF).
2. The project has a payback of less than three years (two years non-NIF).

Funds are made available to support the Fast Payback Program through two funding mechanisms. These are:

Naval Industrial Fund NIF. Naval Shipyards, Air Rework
Facilities NARFs, Public Works Centers (PWCs) are among many of the Navy's industrial organizations which are NIF funded. Under this funding concept, "earnings" are credited to an industrially funded activity by charging fleet customers for goods and services

Procurement Funds - A productivity fund is created in procurement funds to take care of non-NIF activities.

Manufacturing Technology Program

This program explores the application of emerging technology (1) to reduce procurement and life cycle costs and (2) to increase productivity of existing assets.

Office of the Secreatary of Defense (OSD) Sponsored Productivity Enhancing Capital Investment (PECI) Program

1. Min investment $1 million.
2. At least 50 percent of the ROI has to come from Labor savings.
3. Payback period - max 4 years.
4. IRR - min 10%

The above is a good description of project schemes for encouraging project that promise productivity improvement.

Updated  15 May 2018, 28 November 2017

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Pilot Plant Industrial Engineering and Productivity Improvement

Industrial Engineers have to improve productivity in all engineering processes of all branches of engineering.

Pilot Plant Industrial Engineering for Productivity Improvement

Industrial has to work with product designers and do cost reduction and productivity improvement of new products at the design stage. They have to work with process developers to ensure the most productivity process at that stage. They need to work with pilot plant designers and developers to see that capital equipment decisions are rational and optimal. Then they have to observe the pilot plant processes and operator methods and motions to improve productivity based on actual work in the pilot plant. Industrial engineering done during the design, development, installation and operation of pilot plants can be termed pilot plant industrial engineering and it will be a very valuable service to industrial organizations and development of industry offered by industrial engineering discipline and profession.

Importance of Pilot and Demonstration Plants for Large Production Facilities
12 February 2018Mandar Deshmukh

Process Engineering for Scale-Up of Specialty Chemicals

 Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC)

Scale-up of  chemicals encompasses various design methods through which a small lab process (typically at a gram scale) is enlarged to a large-scale process. The main objectives of scale-up activity at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) are:
 i) preparation of large quantities (typically 1000x lab scale) of materials having the same or similar chemical and physical properties of the material made at the small scale, and
ii) delivery of a manufacturing-ready process.

A reduction in unit manufacturing cost and improved quality are usually required and achieved on scale-up. Potential environmental and safety issues are adequately addressed at the engineering bench, before the process is scaled-up to the Pilot Plant. Process engineering plays a vital role in assuring an economical, robust, safe and environmentally friendly process for scale-up to manufacturing.

LGC Process and System Engineering

LGC briefly
A joint research unit…

The LGC is a chemical engineering research centre located in Toulouse
It is a joint research unit (UMR5503) bringing together:

The National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS),
The Institut National Polytechnique (INP)
and the Université Paul Sabatier (UPS)
…and organised into 6 research departments …

One of them is Process and System Engineering

Home > Research at LGC > PSE - Process and System Engineering

Area of action
- Development and integration of generic models and concepts for the prediction of process or system performance
- Experimental validation phase for systems that physically exist.
- Improvement of the efficiency of numerical processes to solve problems by a large range of linear and discrete variables linked by non-linear equations that can present combinatorial properties.

Chief Productivity Officer - Value Addition of the Organizational Role and Position


The chief productivity officer
William A. Ruch  William B. Werther Jr.
National Productivity Review, Autumn (Fall) 1985

David Toh, Chief Productivity Officer at Singapore Manufacturers' Federation, 2010 to 2012
David Toh  is Principal Consultant at Fore Consulting in 2018

Oct 26, 2012
As it declared  big ambitions in productivity improvement (cutting $10bn from costs and $1bn from marketing spending) P&G is a fascinating case study to follow.

Patrick P.Poljan worked as Chief Productivity Officer at SABIC Innovative Plastics


CEO should become the chief productivity officer. - Ngiam Tong Dow, Retired high-powered civil servant, Singapore

Cloud computing is not just transforming how we get work done, it’s transforming the role of the CIO. In fact, that CIOs may want to begin 2016 by updating their LinkedIn profiles to include a new business title that reflects their primary responsibility: “Chief Productivity Officer.”

Introducing the Chief Productivity Officer

Say hello to the 'chief productivity officer'

What might future jobs look like?
Chief Productivity Officer: Using big data, these professionals will help companies become more productive while focusing their energy on the most impactful areas.

6 Reasons Your Company Needs a Chief Productivity Officer
Readily available technology can vastly increase productivity but to realize the potential you might have to make it somebody's job.

How Diageo’s Productivity Officer plans to save £500m by 2019
Brian Franz, Chief Productivity Officer (CPO) at Diageo, discussesd the transition from CIO to CPO.
He became Chief Productivity Officer (CPO) at Diageo in August 2015 and is using his many years of experience as a blue-chip CIO to drive true business change at the beverages company.

Your IT Manager is now your Chief Productivity Officer

Philippe Cochet, VP & Chief Productivity Officer, General Electric (GE)


HCM Strategist - Chief Productivity Officer
Going forward, perhaps we should advocate for a title change as the HR practitioner role becomes an increasingly strategic function – an ad-hoc combination of Chief Culture Officer, Chief Talent Architect, and Chief Productivity Officer mashed into a new role I call “HCM Strategist.”

HR’s new role could be as the Chief Productivity Officer - Josh Bersin at HRD18

SVP Research & Development, Chief Productivity Officer

When it comes to meeting deadlines and maintaining the highest standards of quality with large projects, Thermal Systems relies on Patrice Williams. Our systems have to meet our customers expectations, and be installed in a way that keeps the price affordable. This takes incredible planning and attention to detail. Patrice focuses her time on meeting equally with our customers and our installation team.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Productivity IoT Engineering

Using IoT technology and systems to improve productivity of engineering and engineering related products and processes.


May 2018

Prediction, prevention and improvement with IoT at Flex

At Flex, IoT is everywhere because we’re constantly looking at places where we can add instrumentation and analytics to our processes and products to achieve more consistent and better outcomes.

Manpower Productivity Improvement Using IoT

Illustrations from Singapore Companies of replacing manpower with IoT enabled systems and devices

Symphony Group uses drones and IoT to count cars in its inventory. It used to take the company 50 man-hours to complete the count, but now it estimates to complete it within the hour using  a single technician.

HOPE Technik tackled  the challenge of carrying heavy loads for many industries by developing AGVs.The SESTO AGV is a robotic product and it functions flexibly in any facility. The AGVs do not require embedded lines or magnetic strips on the ground. SESTO AGV system has a payload ranging from 200 kilogrammes to 2 tonnes. Equipped with a laser-based navigation system and intelligent planning capability, the driverless  autonomous system functions without requiring any modifications to an existing environment.

The AGVs are deployed in a hospital, replacing four personnel to transport lab samples to lab technicians. The system handled over 500 deliveries per 12-hour shift and freed up the manpower.

In a semiconductor plant, five  SESTO AGVs helped take over the duties of twenty personnel, who previously transported work-in-progress materials between processes. This system handles 12,000 deliveries per 12-hour shift.

 AiTreat  is developing a Massage Assistive Robotic System (MARS) to help to help  the Traditional Chinese Massage practitioner serve two to five persons using robots to find massage needs and do massage with the massage plan created by the experienced practitioner. Thus it provides  direct labour productivity increase of 200-500 percent. MARS will have many different advanced sensors, like 3D, thermal, force/torque, distance, etc, to understand the points of tightness in the body and then provide the required massage at the required places.

The Internet of Manufacturing Things:

Advances in sensors, standards and software could connect virtually everything

By Thomas R. Cutler
Industrial and Systems Engineering at Work
August 2014    |    Volume: 46    |    Number: 8

 IoT can improve various aspects of manufacturing efficiency, including productivity, asset health, profitability, quality, safety, employee safety and environmental impact. The narrow slice of the Industrial Internet of Things that mostly affects industrial engineers is the Internet of Manufacturing Things.

The Internet of Manufacturing Things
12 April, 2017

Updated 10 May 2018, 20 September 2017

Monday, May 7, 2018

Modern Hand Tools and Power Tools - Productivity Potential

Excel Assembly Solutions for Power Tools


Rivet Tools

Automatic Rivit feeders for more productivity and higher safety
6 November 2017

Rivet Gun


Riveting in Practice