Sunday, December 31, 2017

December - Industrial Engineering Knowledge Revision Plan



Top 10 Blogs on Industrial Engineering


Applied Industrial Engineering

IE in New Technologies - IE with New Technologies


Implementation of  Industrial Engineering Principles and Techninques in New Technologies (Engineering Processes) and Business Processes

1. Additive Manufacturing Productivity


Assembly Design Framework for Additive Manufacturing Based on Axiomatic Design Concept
https://www.xcdsystem.com/iise/abstract/File7673/UploadFinalPaper_2655.pdf
Yosep Oh, University at Buffalo; Sara Behdad, University at Buffalo, SUNY

Abstract:

AM productivity

According to the design for assembly (DFA) concept, design features should be integrated into a few physical parts to reduce design complexity.  However, building up a single product can have some negative effects on the AM productivity by increasing buildup time and cost. In this paper, a design framework using the assembly concept is proposed with the aim of letting the AM productivity reach an allowable level. The design framework is developed based on an Axiomatic Design (AD) approach, where AM productivity elements including buildup time, assembly time and the amount of support are considered as non-functional requirements (nFRs). The AM productivity is assessed by the Information Axiom to choose the best design. The proposed design framework can help engineers design and evaluate AM products.

Interesting references cited in the paper

* Thomas, D.S. and Gilbert, S.W., 2014, Costs and Cost Effectiveness of Additive Manufacturing - A Literature Review and Discussion, NIST.
* Oh, Y. and Behdad, S., 2016, Assembly Based Part Design to Improve the Additive Manufacturing
Productivity: Process Time, Cost and Surface Roughness, ASME IDETC, Charlotte, NC, USA.
* Zhang, Y., Bernard, A., Gupta, R.K. and Harik, R., 2014, Evaluating the Design for Additive Manufacturing: A
Process Planning Perspective, Procedia CIRP, 21, 144–150.
* Thompson, M.K., 2013, Improving the Requirements Process in Axiomatic Design Theory, CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology, 62, 115–118.


2. Biomanufacturing (Biotechnology) Productivity

Productivity in Biomanufacturing

Researchers are examining the possibility of taking  advantage of the natural differences in productivity among cells that are used in biomanufacturing. They foster mutations to create genetic variability and then use microchips to analyze the behavior of individual cells, choosing the most prolific for larger-scale production.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/424695/why-is-biomanufacturing-so-hard/


3. Productivity and Nanotech

Productive Nanotech Systems
https://www.foresight.org/roadmaps/Nanotech_Roadmap_2007_main.pdf

Related

OSRAM Boosts LED Chip Productivity With Nanotechnology
Aug 27, 2014
https://www.nanowerk.com/nanotechnology-news/newsid=37099.php

4. Electric Batteries and Productivity Applications

Nano One Enhances Pilot Productivity and Files a New Patent

Vancouver B.C. Dr. Stephen Campbell, Principal Scientist at Nano One Materials, today announced that Nano One has filed a patent related to yield improvements in its process for the manufacture of lithium metal oxide cathode materials for use in advanced lithium ion batteries.
August 2017

https://nanoone.ca/nano-one-enhances-pilot-productivity-files-new-patent/


5. IoT and Productivity

McKinsey Global Institute Report
THE INTERNET OF THINGS: MAPPING THE VALUE BEYOND THE HYPE
JUNE 2015
You can donwload the report from the web
(Link)


How the Internet of Things will reshape future production systems
By Vineet Gupta and Rainer Ulrich
September 2017
https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/operations/our-insights/how-the-internet-of-things-will-reshape-future-production-systems


6. New Technology and Equipment for Productivity

PONSSE INTRODUCES NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR PRODUCTIVITY AND ERGONOMICS
Virtual reality (VR) training simulator.
http://www.ponsse.com/fr/media-archive/nouvelles/ponsse-introduces-new-technology-for-productivity-and-ergonomics

How Does Technology Affect Productivity?
Apr 9, 2014

 AIM's March 2014 Business Confidence Survey asked two questions.
1. "Has technology allowed your company to produce more goods or provide more services than a decade ago with the same or fewer employees?
2. Can you quantify the economic effect?"


62 percent of the employers who responded said "yes" to the first question.

Among them only some could quantify the benefits. The gains reported in productivity were in  the 10-25 percent range. At the limits,  one manufacturer doubled output without adding workers, and a non-profit service provider more than tripled productivity.

Regarding profit improvement, some manufacturers remarked  that productivity improvements did not strengthen their bottom lines due to downward pressure on prices.  Some  companies in services industries cited offsetting costs from new regulations.
https://blog.aimnet.org/AIM-IssueConnect/bid/103010/How-Does-Technology-Affect-Productivity

Trend 5: Technology enables greater productivity in infrastructure industry
https://home.kpmg.com/xx/en/home/insights/2017/01/trend-5-technology-increases-productivity-risk.html


7. Productivity in Hotels

New JW Marriott hotel rides on technology for productivity
25 March 2017

The 634-room luxury hotel has "taken the initiative to implement new technologies and processes to improve the efficiency of its operations, as well as the overall guest experience" One of the systems  is the (hotel's) use of the Knowledge Touch rostering system to better manage and allocate manpower during peak periods by analysing business volume and needs. the hotel has also adopted Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to track and replace worn-out items such as linen in hotel rooms and  has freed up valuable manpower for more productive uses .
http://www.asiahoreca.com/news/1164711/new-jw-marriott-hotel-rides-on-technology-for-productivity

JW Marriott Resort Saves $100K with Push-to-Talk Tech
12/09/2010
https://hospitalitytech.com/jw-marriott-resort-saves-100k-push-talk-tech

Articles on Industrial Engineering - Toyota Production System Innovations (Lean System)


Toyota Production system (lean manufacturing system) is built on Industrial engineering with the additional focus on rational reduction of inventory. The flow process chart used in IE has two columns for temporary delay and permanent delay. But these were not tackled aggressively earlier. In Toyota, these two wastes were tackled with special attention and focus and systems with less inventory and also other resources came into existence.


Toyota Production System Industrial Engineering - Shigeo Shingo
Introducing and Implementing the Toyota Production System - Shiego Shingo

The SMED System: Shigeo Shingo's Explanation
 Fundamentals of Lean - MIT Courseware

Lean Manufacturing - MIT Courseware

Enterprise Transition to Lean - Road Map -  MIT Courseware
Lean Supply Chain Management -  MIT Courseware

Lean Product Development - MIT Courseware
Lean Engineering  - MIT Courseware



PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVEMENT OF A PRESTRESS CONCRETE POLE PLANT USING WORK STUDY TECHNIQUE
http://ijates.com/images/short_pdf/1417439517_P496-508.pdf

A Case Study Improvement of a Testing Process by Combining Lean Management, Industrial Engineering and Automation Methods
2013
http://sparc.nfu.edu.tw/~ijeti/download/V3-no3-134-143.pdf


More Articles on Lean

11. Enterprise Interactions - Wastes -  MIT Courseware

12. People and Organization Issues in Lean Enterprises - MIT Courseware

13. Strategy and Enterprise in Lean Enterprises - MIT Courseware

14. Lean Enterprise - Self Assessment Tools - MIT Courseware

15. Information Systems - MIT Courseware

16. Knowledge Management - MIT Courseware

17. Leadership  - MIT Courseware

18. Lean Enterprise Integration - MIT Courseware

19. Lean Enterprise Architecting  - MIT Courseware

20 Lean Enterprise Case - Lockheed Martin -




One Year Industrial Engineering Knowledge Revision Plan

January - February - March - April - May - June

July - August - September - October - November - December


Updated  1 December 2017,  11 September 2016,  4 January 2015


Friday, December 15, 2017

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


12 to 18, February 2018 is the Productivity Week in India


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

National Productivity Council - India - Theme Paper

http://www.npcindia.gov.in/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Theme-Paper-2017-18.pdf

What is Industry 4.0?


The Fourth Industrial Revolution is using data captured by sensors in products and manufacturing equipment, analyzing to get information and using that information to automatically start and stop machines that include robots to d manufacturing and maintenance operations. This will improve productivity, quality and maintainablity. It is a revolution in manufacturing technologies brought about by international networking between things that facilitate communication and action. So the productivity of man can further go up due more efficient and effective connected machine net work and standard of living of the people is expected to go up substantially. Some countries are in the forefront in this revolution already with number of patents and factories that implemented these technologies.

NPC is driving Industry 4.0 in India through the productivity week celebration of 2018

The Fourth Industrial Revolution will result in the “Smart Factory”, which is characterized by versatility (flexibility and mass customization), resource efficiency, high incomes and  human friendly work environment (less discomfort to human operators) and digital integration with business partners.


Smart manufacturing - Benefits:
• Additional Revenue (Top line improvement)
• Lower Cost (Bottom line improvement)  through:

• Enabling Industrial Companies to redesign and optimize customer relationship.
• Enabling Industrial Companies to redesign and optimize the production process
• Visibility of  the status of all aspects of production system in real time
• By improving logistics processes and making them also  leaner
• Reduced inventories
• Maintenance processes standardization and optimization
• 100% traceability

Different  technologies of Industry  4.0 are available to choose and implement  based on the relevance, cost-effectiveness, and impact on productivity enhancement based on the current systems of organizations

• Additive Manufacturing – 3D Printing
• Sensors
• Robots (auto + co-bots)
• Simulation
• Augmented reality
• Cloud Computing
Big Data and Analytics
• Industrial Internet
• Horizontal and vertical integration

Cyber security is being strengthened to protect the information of the industrial companies that is stored and transmitted in the digital data stores (warehouses) and communication networks.

Productivity Science - Productivity Engineering - Productivity Management Framework in Productivity Improvement Through Industry 4.0



Productivity Science

Technology Change and Productivity

Changes in technology are the only source of permanent increases in productivity, but a number of transient factors can affect both true and "measured" productivity. For example, workers may work harder during periods of high demand and firms may use their capital assets more intensively by running factories for extra shifts; both factors can lead measured productivity to be too high relative to actual technological progress. Similarly, during periods of high demand, productivity can also rise due to increasing returns to scale. But,  the effect of transient factors is not permanent.
http://www.nber.org/digest/oct01/w8359.html

So permanent productivity improvement is brought about by engineering changes, procedure changes in service processes as well as management processes.

Industry 4.0 is offering number of new technologies and there technologies are to be incorporated into manufacturing and other engineering and business processes to increase effetiveness and efficiency. Management of incorporating the new technology and operating the redesigned facilities are also important to realize the benefits of Industry 4.0. Hence productivity engineering and productivity management also are involved.

Important Papers on IoT and Productivity

THE COMING PRODUCTIVITY BOOM: 

Transforming the Physical Economy with Information
http://www.techceocouncil.org/clientuploads/reports/TCC%20Productivity%20Boom%20FINAL.pdf



Embracing Industry 4.0 - Surviving and Growing in the New Manufacturing Environment

Industry 4.0: The Future of Productivity and Growth in Manufacturing Industries - Embracing Industry 4.0—and Rediscovering Growth

BCG View

Nine Technologies Transforming Industrial Production 


BIG DATA AND ANALYTICS

AUTONOMOUS ROBOTS

SIMULATION

HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL SYSTEM INTEGRATION

THE INDUSTRIAL INTERNET OF THINGS

CYBERSECURITY

THE CLOUD

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

AUGMENTED REALITY

https://www.bcg.com/en-in/capabilities/operations/embracing-industry-4.0-rediscovering-growth.aspx


More Details on Technologies

BIG DATA AND ANALYTICS

AUTONOMOUS ROBOTS

SIMULATION

HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL SYSTEM INTEGRATION

THE INDUSTRIAL INTERNET OF THINGS

CYBERSECURITY

THE CLOUD

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

AUGMENTED REALITY

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Top 100 Business Use Cases of Artificial Intelligence
https://medium.com/@utpal_bob/top-100-business-use-cases-of-artificial-intelligence-by-utpal-chakraborty-721a495ebed4

Important Themes of Industry 4.0


The Factory of the Future
Time to Accelerate in the Race Toward Industry 4.0
Man and Machine in Industry 4.0
Industry 4.0: The Future of Productivity and Growth in Manufacturing Industries

https://www.bcg.com/en-in/capabilities/operations/embracing-industry-4.0-rediscovering-growth.aspx


https://www.manufacturingtomorrow.com/tag/industry-40

Data Analytics Period in Productivity Improvement - Productivity Engineering and Management

http://nraoiekc.blogspot.com/2017/06/data-analytics-period-in-productivity.html



Digital Transformation at Daimler Benz - 2015

http://nraoiekc.blogspot.com/2016/04/digital-transformation-at-daimler-benz.html


Industry 4.0 in India - Status, Implementations, Consultants and Product Manufacturers and Sellers

2017

Industry 4.0: Towards Smart Manufacturing

May 2017
http://businessworld.in/article/Industry-4-0-Towards-Smart-Manufacturing/26-05-2017-118968/


 “The fourth industrial revolution, agricultural and rural innovation, and implications for public policy and investments: A case of India”  Agricultural Economics, November 2017 issue.
http://ideasforindia.in/article.aspx?article=How-new-technologies-can-raise-farm-productivity


Prepare for a worldwide digital transformation

Geoff Maslen01 December 2017
University World News Issue No:485

Mobility, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and big data analytics are among the most important technologies in the digital economy today, says the OECD’s latest report on international science, technology and industry.
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20171201150237763


Onset of Industry 4.0 and print industry’s next frontier


By Puneet Datta,
18 August 2017
http://www.printweek.in/features/onset-industry-print-industry-frontier-25829


New Technology to Enhance Productivity for Manufacturing

By Ruth Morris - June 11, 2017
IoT productivity improvement training to small businesses in Massachusetts, USA
http://www.masstlc.org/new-technology-to-enhance-productivity-for-manufacturing/


Journey of Andhra Pradesh Towards Industry 4.0

January 11, 2017
http://www.electronicsb2b.com/headlines/tale-state-journey-towards-industry-4-0/

India's Readiness for Industry 4.0
A Report by Grant Thorton and CII

IoT Show India - 2018


7th to 9th February, 2018
KTPO TRADE CENTER, WHITEFIELD INDUSTRIAL AREA BANGALORE

You can visit exhibitor from the following  categories and learn more about IoT and Industry 4.0

• Chipset manufacturers
• Network technologies and Wireless solutions
• Robotics and drones
• IoT Security
• IoT OEMs
• Semiconductors/ hardware
• Sensors
• Service Platform/ solution provider
• Software development provider
• Carrier service provider
• Standards/ Protocols/ Certification and testing providers

https://www.iotshow.in/iotshow/

Companies to Contact for Helping you in having IoT Initiatives in India

3Q Wire & Cable Co., Ltd
A G Enterprises
AADI International
Aimtron Electronics Pvt Ltd

Akrivia Automation Private Limited
Established in 2015, Akrivia is an IT, Automation and customized IoT solution provider. We work with verticals such as electrical equipment, smart factories, intelligent buildings, smart cities and Industrial Automation.
http://www.akrivia.in/


Anand Enterprises
Anritsu India Pvt Ltd
ANSYS Software Pvt Ltd
Applied RealTech Systems Pvt. Ltd.
AqTronics Technologies Pvt. Ltd
Array Networks
Ascent Circuits Pvt. Ltd.
Ashlyn Chemunnoor Instruments Pvt.Ltd.
AxesTrack Software Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Axiom Energy Conversion P Ltd.
Bharat Head Hunters Pvt. Ltd.
Carl Zeiss India (Bangalore) Pvt. Ltd.
Changzhou Shunye Electronic Co. Ltd.
Circuit Systems India Ltd
Circuitects Electronics Solution Pvt. ltd.
Cirkit Electro Components P Ltd (D)
Clean Energy LOGAN INNOVATIONS Pvt Ltd
CloudThat Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Component Masters
Crevavi Technologies Pvt Ltd
CSA India PVT LTD
CTC Technologies
cyrrup enterprises
CYTECH GLOBAL PTE LTD
DDS International
Delta India Electronics Pvt. Ltd.
Digi-Key Electronics
Dongguan Tongke Electronic Co., Ltd.
Drive Technologies (D)
E Control Devices
Elcina Electronic Industries Association of India
Electroconnect Systems
Electronic Relays India Pvt Ltd
Element14 India Pvt Ltd.
EmbDes Technologies Pvt. Ltd
EMST Marketing Pvt Ltd
Energy Saving India
ESSCI (Electronics Sector Skills Council of India)
FLIR Systems India Pvt. Ltd.
Forward Electronics Technologies
Fraunhofer
Fusion Power Systems (D)
G&g Universal Private Limited
G.T. Enterprises (D)
Gala Electronics (D)
Galore Systems
Geosensors
Good Will Instrument Co. Ltd
Greenconn Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd
GT Magnetics Pvt. Ltd.
GuangDong Kexin Electronic Co.,Ltd
Guangdong Shunde Xu Hai Electronic Co., Ltd.
Hangzhou Chuanlian Electronics Co.,Ltd.
HARIHI OHM ELECTRONICS
HK Wentworth (India) Pvt Ltd
HyperThink Systems Pvt. Ltd.
Ignitarium Technology Solutions Pvt Ltd
INCHANGE SEMICONDUCTOR COMPANY LIMITED
Indus Technologies
Infiction Labs
infiswift
Innovative Resource LTD
Intel technology India pvt Ltd
IntuIT Things
Invendis Technologies India Pvt Ltd
iTECS Communication Pvt ltd.
iValue InfoSolutions Pvt Ltd.
Jharkhand Government
Jigsaw Academy
JSK Innovative Technology Pvt Ltd
Kadel Labs
Karandikar Laboratories
Karsan Technologies
KCG College of Technology
Keysight Technologies India Pvt. Ltd.
KIDOBOTIKZ
Kwality Photonics P Ltd
Liveon Technolabs
M.P State Electronics Corporation Ltd
Mahaveer Sales
Martin Electronic Devices & Instruments
MARVEL GEOSPATIAL SOLUTIONS Pvt. Ltd.
MAXIM INTEGRATED
Mectronics Marketing Services
Melux Control Gears Pvt Ltd
Messung Global Connect
Metro Electronics Products
MG Automation Technologies
MICRON
Microsoft Corporation (I) Pvt. Ltd.
Mobiloitte Technologies (I) Pvt. Ltd.
Mobiveil Technologies India Pvt Ltd
Module 143
Mouser Electronics (India) Private Limited
Moxa India Industrial Networking Pvt. Ltd.
National Small Industries Corporation Ltd. (NSIC)
NEE VEE Communication Technologies Pvt Ltd
NetSim (Tetcos)
Ningbo EHOME Electronic Co.,Ltd
NSIC Ambala
NSIC Noida
O/E/N India Limited
Peach Technovations Pvt Ltd
Phytec Embedded Pvt Ltd
PIE ELECTRONICS
Precision Tech Enterprises
Pulsar Enterprises Pvt Ltd
Qingdao Ainuo Intelligent Instrument Co Ltd.
Qualcomm India Pvt Ltd
Quasar Enterprises
Quectel Wireless Solutions Co Ltd
Rajguru Electronics
Redpine
Robotron solutions
ROHM Semiconductor India Pvt. Ltd.,
Royal Appliances
Royal Elegance Technologies Pvt Ltd
RS Components & Controls (I) Ltd
Schenker India Pvt. Ltd.
Scientech Technologies Pvt Ltd
SECO SRL
Sensegiz Technologies Private Limited
Sensinova
Sensor Embedded & Android RoBo (P) Ltd

Sensors India
http://sensors-india.com/about-us/

We are Automation components distributor and Systems Integrator all over India.



Our organization is aware of top automation applications with an experience of over 25 years in the field of Automation and System Integration.. We have successfully created a base of Automation technicians providing automation solutions all over India like Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, Manesar, Haryana, Chakan, Ranjangaon, Talegaon, Pune, Aurangabad, Nashik Maharashtra, Hospet, Karnataka, Sriperumbudur, Tirupur, Tamil Nadu.

www.Sensors-India.com is Stockist, Wholesaler, Importer, Trader, Distributor, Imported Products, Integrated Systems, Made in India Products representative and Systems Integrator for a wide range of sensing and control products plus Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC).

Handling automation projects like Systems Integration, Parking Guidance Systems, Security Alarm GSM Alert Systems, AMC projects, Installation and Commissioning, Manufacturing/Processing operations, CCTV and Access Control System, Cabling, Piping installations, PUMP control systems, Water level Management includes Leakage sensing and Centralised monitoring, Lighting automation and energy monitoring and audit SCADA systems



SETU INFOCOM
SFO Technologies P Ltd
SGS India Pvt Ltd
Shanghai Yongming Electronic Co.,Ltd.
Sharang Corporation
Shenzhen Baikal Electronic Materials Co. Ltd.
SHenzhen Jin Hao Yuan Technology.
SIGMA DESIGNS
SINCOM
Smarter Biz Technologies Pvt Ltd
Smile Electronics
Srashta Scientific Systems Pvt Ltd
Static Systems Pvt Ltd
Superior flux & Marketing
System Level Solutions (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Technosphere Labs Pvt. Ltd.
Telangana Government
Testo India Pvt. Ltd.
TEXIN (HONGKONG) ELECTRONICS CO.,LTD
TnC India
Toradex Systems (India) Private Limited
Toshniwal Sensing Devices Private Limited
TUV Rheinland (India) Private Limited
U H Led India Inc
Uchi Embedded Solutions
UM ELECTRONICS CO.,LTD.
UniQtronics Solutions Private Limited
Unisem electronics Pvt Ltd
V5 Semiconductors
Vanmat Technologies Pvt. Ltd
Vision Mechatronics Pvt Ltd
VMware Software India Pvt Limited
Wenzhou M & C Foreign Trade Co., Ltd.
Winday electronic (Dongguan)CO.,LTD
Wisys Technologies
Xiamen Prt Technology Co., Ltd.
XIANGTAI ELECTRONICS(SHENZHEN) CO.,LTD
YMD Electromac Pvt. Ltd.
Yontro Mechatronic Systech
Zeal Manufacturing Co.
Zoho Corporation Pvt Ltd

https://www.iotshow.in/list-of-exhibitors/  (date 16 December 2017)

Kerala State Productivity Council
http://www.kspconline.com/

Updated  16, 12, 11 December 2017, 7 December 2017

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Industry 4.0 - IIoT - Productivity Management


Industry 4.0 has tremendous potential for productivity improvement in the world. The quantum is in trillions as per estimates and forecasts. This industrial revolution offers potential for totally new products. But its potential in redesign and existing products and production systems producing them itself has great potential. Hence engineers working in new products and processes area and engineers working in productivity area have ample work and challenge. But the management is required to make the technology appear in the organizations and work successfully.

The guidelines for management at various levels for effective implementation of Industry 4.0 technologies were released by number of organizations and more reports and research studies will appear.



Diffusion of productivity practices is an issue in productivity management.
June 2016
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2016/07/21/look-to-advanced-industries-to-help-drive-productivity-gains/



National IoT Roadmaps and Strategies


National Internet of Things (IoT): Strategic Roadmap: A Summary
MIMOS Berhard, Malaysia Report, 2015

Internet of Things: Seizing Opportunities and Addressing the Challenges
OECD, May 2016

Industry 4.0 - IIoT - Productivity Engineering



The technologies of  Industry 4.0 offer engineering opportunities to increase productivity of engineering products, production and maintenance system. They also offer engineering opportunities to increase productivity in business processes. Information technology is widely used in various service industries and thus offers the opportunity for industrial engineering to improve productivity in services sector.

Industry 4.0 - IIoT - Productivity Pathways


Dimensions, Characteristics, Parameters or Variables of Industry 4.0 (IIoT) that  Increase Productivity.


The attributes of Industry 4.0 that provide the scope for increasing productivity of products and engineering processes of design, production, operation, and maintenance. Productivity engineers (industrial engineers) have to creatively redesign by employing the productivity pathways.

*Low cost monitoring of products, equipment and persons

*Low cost control through software embedded in the product or the cloud

*Low cost optimization.

Smart, connected products can apply algorithms and analytics to in-use or historical data to dramatically improve output, utilization, and efficiency. In wind turbines, for instance, a local microcontroller can adjust each blade on every revolution to capture maximum wind energy.

How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition
Michael E. PorterJames E. Heppelmann
FROM THE NOVEMBER 2014 ISSUE

*Enabling  measurements in demanding conditions with low maintenance cost and without hindering production.

VTT has developed a solution for measuring temperature, inclination, humidity, strain and other characteristics from machines and inside structures (e.g. walls) at distances up to 10 m, without batteries in the sensor. The principle is based on powering the sensor with radio frequency energy waves and using the return transmission to read out the resulting data (see Link ‘Zero Power Sensor’). The IPR protected technology allows for several individually identifiable sensors to be operated in the same space.
https://ercim-news.ercim.eu/en101/special/pro-iot-improving-the-productivity-of-companies-by-using-the-iot

*Energy-efficient communications

A platform has been developed for energy-efficient communications between mobile devices that identifies the most appropriate combination of technologies for different exchanges

https://ercim-news.ercim.eu/en101/special/pro-iot-improving-the-productivity-of-companies-by-using-the-iot


*Maintenance when needed

The Internet of Things will help individual companies to limit the waste.  Products which are connected to the web can communicate how they're being used or their current status. This data will be used to schedule maintenance when it's really needed, instead of the current  set of relatively inefficient rules.
 https://www.infoq.com/articles/iot-impact-productivity


*Predictive analytics based on data collected on products will be used to reduce failures and improve product design. This will boost the efficiency of products and contribute to productivity in user organizations.
https://www.infoq.com/articles/iot-impact-productivity

*The IoT will change how manufacturers and service companies interact with customers. Reliance on massive call centers and customer service departments will be greately reduced and  IoT enabled products will be directly connected to a service assessing their condition and taking relevant action.
https://www.infoq.com/articles/iot-impact-productivity

*Smart lighting

*Smart heating

*Smart cities

* Machine level information system
Each machine can be aggregated into a single information system that accelerates learning across the machine portfolio.

Source: Industrial Internet: Pusing the boundaries of Minds and Machines, Peter C Evans and Marco Annunziata, GE, 2012


Industry-Wise Opportunities

Food Industry

Revolutionizing the Food Supply Chain with IoT
https://www.infosys.com/insights/digital-future/Pages/revolutionizing-the-food-supply-chain-with-iot.aspx




Company Implementation Examples



UPS
To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move
https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2014/04/17/303770907/to-increase-productivity-ups-monitors-drivers-every-move




Proposals for Systems

Sensors 2017, 17(11), 2588; doi:10.3390/s17112588
An Intelligent Cooperative Visual Sensor Network for Urban Mobility
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29125535
http://www.mdpi.com/1424-8220/17/11/2588

Industry 4.0 - IIoT Technology - Industrial Engineering - Productivity Science



What dimensions, characteristics, parameters or variables of Industry 4.0 (IIoT) increase productivity. Industrial engineers have to identify these antecedents of productivity in their research studies. Then, in the productivity engineering activity, they can use the knowledge to create components, products, systems, machining, fabrication, forming, assembly, and maintenance processes to make them more productive.

An attempt is being in this note to collect propositions and hypotheses so far presented in various papers and articles. Please add to the collection by commenting on the article.

Industry 4. 0 IoT has to the potential to improve productivity


Industrial internet - connection between machines

Consumer internet - connection between people.

IoT approaches allow firms to fundamentally integrate, sensing, analytics and data control into engineering (manufacturing) and business processes.


Papers indicating that IoT has the potential to improve productivity



In the ongoing decade, productivity will be driven by internet of things.

IoT technology reduces cost of customization. Hence custom made products can be manufactured at lower cost.

Productivity Leap with IoT - Special Focus on Global Asset Management and Smart Lighting

2013 VTT Technical Research Centre Finland


Whether you interests are  motivated by cost savings or improved revenue, the IoT is uniquely positioned to help with both.

What you need to know about IoT:  The right information can change the world.

AT&T 2016 report

80 billion euros spent on IoT solutions will create a benefit of one trillion for the EU28 economy.

The value will come from three sources:

Increased productivity of business organizations (430 billion euros)
Savings in power etc. by consumers (300 billion euros)
Increase in health of people will provide more working time (210 billion euros)

Every euro spent can produce up to 12 euros benefit.

The Internet of Things: A New Path to European Prosperity

1Trillion opportunity
A.T.Kearney,2016


The first two (IT) waves gave rise to huge productivity gains and growth across the economy. While the value chain was transformed, however, products themselves were largely unaffected. Now, in the third wave, IT is becoming an integral part of the product itself. Another leap in productivity in the economy will be unleashed by these new and better products.

The third wave of IT-driven transformation thus has the potential to be the biggest yet, triggering even more innovation, productivity gains, and economic growth than the previous two.

Smart, connected products have three core elements: physical components, “smart” components, and connectivity components.

How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition
Michael E. PorterJames E. Heppelmann
Harvard Business Review, NOVEMBER 2014 ISSUE

Accenture estimates the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) could add $14.2 trillion to the global economy by 2030.

Arguably the biggest driver of productivity and growth in the next decade, the Industrial Internet of Things will accelerate the reinvention of sectors that account for almost two-thirds of world output.
https://www.accenture.com/us-en/insight-industrial-internet-of-things


Dimensions, Characteristics, Parameters or Variables of Industry 4.0 (IIoT) that  Increase Productivity.


*Low cost monitoring of products, equipment and persons

*Low cost control through software embedded in the product or the cloud

*Low cost optimization.

Smart, connected products can apply algorithms and analytics to in-use or historical data to dramatically improve output, utilization, and efficiency. In wind turbines, for instance, a local microcontroller can adjust each blade on every revolution to capture maximum wind energy.

How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition
Michael E. PorterJames E. Heppelmann
FROM THE NOVEMBER 2014 ISSUE

*Enabling  measurements in demanding conditions with low maintenance cost and without hindering production.

VTT has developed a solution for measuring temperature, inclination, humidity, strain and other characteristics from machines and inside structures (e.g. walls) at distances up to 10 m, without batteries in the sensor. The principle is based on powering the sensor with radio frequency energy waves and using the return transmission to read out the resulting data (see Link ‘Zero Power Sensor’). The IPR protected technology allows for several individually identifiable sensors to be operated in the same space.
https://ercim-news.ercim.eu/en101/special/pro-iot-improving-the-productivity-of-companies-by-using-the-iot

*Energy-efficient communications

A platform has been developed for energy-efficient communications between mobile devices that identifies the most appropriate combination of technologies for different exchanges

https://ercim-news.ercim.eu/en101/special/pro-iot-improving-the-productivity-of-companies-by-using-the-iot


*Maintenance when needed

The Internet of Things will help individual companies to limit the waste.  Products which are connected to the web can communicate how they're being used or their current status. This data will be used to schedule maintenance when it's really needed, instead of the current  set of relatively inefficient rules.
 https://www.infoq.com/articles/iot-impact-productivity


*Predictive analytics based on data collected on products will be used to reduce failures and improve product design. This will boost the efficiency of products and contribute to productivity in user organizations.
https://www.infoq.com/articles/iot-impact-productivity

*The IoT will change how manufacturers and service companies interact with customers. Reliance on massive call centers and customer service departments will be greately reduced and  IoT enabled products will be directly connected to a service assessing their condition and taking relevant action.
https://www.infoq.com/articles/iot-impact-productivity

*Smart lighting

*Smart heating

*Smart cities

* Machine level information system
Each machine can be aggregated into a single information system that accelerates learning across the machine portfolio.

Source: Industrial Internet: Pusing the boundaries of Minds and Machines, Peter C Evans and Marco Annunziata, GE, 2012

Examples of Productivity, Cost saving, Waste Elimination and Lower Cost of Products


Verizon is saving more than 55 million kWh annually across its 26 data centers by deploying sensors and control points throughout the data center by connecting wirelessly.

IoT Primer - Making Sense of the next Mega Trend - Goldman Sachs
Sep 3, 2014


Smart street lights equipped with sensors are saving cities energy and money by detecting pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles so that lights brighten and dim when they sense movement

IoT to identify and keep track of repairs on city roads.

State of the Market: Internet of Things 2016
Verizon, 2016


In heavy machinery, Schindler’s PORT Technology reduces elevator wait times by as much as 50% by predicting elevator demand patterns, calculating the fastest time to destination, and assigning the appropriate elevator to move passengers quickly.

 In the energy sector, ABB’s smart grid technology enables utilities to analyze huge amounts of real-time data across a wide range of generating, transforming, and distribution equipment (manufactured by ABB as well as others), such as changes in the temperature of transformers and secondary substations. This alerts utility control centers to possible overload conditions, allowing adjustments that can prevent blackouts before they occur.

 In consumer goods, Big Ass ceiling fans sense and engage automatically when a person enters a room, regulate speed on the basis of temperature and humidity, and recognize individual user preferences and adjust accordingly.

How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition
Michael E. PorterJames E. Heppelmann
Harvard Business Review, NOVEMBER 2014 ISSUE

Automation of HR Processes - Productivity in HR department and also time saving of employees

https://www.peoplematters.in/article/hr-analytics/iot-abled-workplaces-enhance-employee-productivity-13962


Industry 4.0 - IIoT Technology - Industrial Engineering - Productivity Science - Research Opportunities



The development of green IoT technologies (e.g., energy-efficient techniques or approaches that can reduce the consumed power by sensors).
Internet of Things: A Review of Surveys Based on Context Aware Intelligent Services
David Gil, Antonio Ferrández, Higinio Mora-Mora, and Jesús Peral
Sensors (Basel). 2016 Jul; 16(7): 1069.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4970116/



Interesting Related Research and Issues


The Shaping of Ambient Intelligence and the Internet of Things: Historico-epistemic, Socio-cultural, Politico-institutional and Eco-environmental Dimensions



Simon Elias Bibri
Springer, 05-Nov-2015 - Computers - 301 pages


Recent advances in ICT have given rise to new socially disruptive technologies: AmI and the IoT, marking a major technological change which may lead to a drastic transformation of the technological ecosystem in all its complexity, as well as to a major alteration in technology use and thus daily living. Yet no work has systematically explored AmI and the IoT as advances in science and technology (S&T) and sociotechnical visions in light of their nature, underpinning, and practices along with their implications for individual and social wellbeing and for environmental health. AmI and the IoT raise new sets of questions: In what way can we conceptualize such technologies? How can we evaluate their benefits and risks? How should science–based technology and society’s politics relate? Are science-based technology and society converging in new ways? It is with such questions that this book is concerned. Positioned within the research field of Science and Technology Studies (STS), which encourages analyses whose approaches are drawn from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, this book amalgamates an investigation of AmI and the IoT technologies based on a unique approach to cross–disciplinary integration; their ethical, social, cultural, political, and environmental effects; and a philosophical analysis and evaluation of the implications of such effects.

https://books.google.co.in/books?id=YdjjCgAAQBAJ



Interesting Reports


The Internet of Things: Seizing the Benefits and Addressing the Challenges -OECD Report, 24 May 2016  (Management issues included in the report)

The Digitalization Productivity Bonus - Siemens Financial Services Report - 2017




Monday, December 11, 2017

High Productivity Through Smart Factories - Industry 4.0 - Bulletin Board

Productivity  - Productivity Science - Productivity Engineering - Productivity Management




Productivity Science



Productivity Engineering



Productivity Management



Cube Automation
http://www.cubeautomation.com/index.cfm/1,212,0,0,html/Smart-Factoree-Overview

FORCAM GmbH
We Deliver Results in Productivity
http://www.forcam.com/en

T-Systems
https://www.t-systems.com/in/en/industries/automotive/scm-solutions/smart-factory/the-future-of-production-473818

Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory Logistics by Bossard
Proven Productivity
http://provenproductivity.com/industry-4-0-and-smart-factory-logistics/

2017

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.
https://english.mazak.jp/machines/vertical-center-smart-430a/


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,"
https://event.buhlergroup.com/news-updates/smart-chocolate-factory-increased-productivity-and-quality-110/

2016

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%.

http://businesskorea.co.kr/english/news/industry/14073-smart-benefits-smart-factories-improving-productivity-smes


2015

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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.



2008
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
https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-1-84800-267-8_23


PDF Files

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

Smart Process Manufacturing
https://smartmanufacturingcoalition.org/sites/default/files/spm-workshop-report.pdf
(More files on this site)

Smart Factory - Mobile Computing
Bauer

Factory of Tomorrow will be Smart - Intel


Updated 12 December 2017, 12  July  2017


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Applied Industrial Engineering - 2017 Bulletin



Applied Industrial Engineering

IE in New Technologies - IE with New Technologies


Implementation of  Industrial Engineering Principles and Techninques in New Technologies (Engineering Processes) and Business Processes

1. Additive Manufacturing Productivity


Assembly Design Framework for Additive Manufacturing Based on Axiomatic Design Concept
https://www.xcdsystem.com/iise/abstract/File7673/UploadFinalPaper_2655.pdf
Yosep Oh, University at Buffalo; Sara Behdad, University at Buffalo, SUNY

Abstract:

AM productivity

According to the design for assembly (DFA) concept, design features should be integrated into a few physical parts to reduce design complexity.  However, building up a single product can have some negative effects on the AM productivity by increasing buildup time and cost. In this paper, a design framework using the assembly concept is proposed with the aim of letting the AM productivity reach an allowable level. The design framework is developed based on an Axiomatic Design (AD) approach, where AM productivity elements including buildup time, assembly time and the amount of support are considered as non-functional requirements (nFRs). The AM productivity is assessed by the Information Axiom to choose the best design. The proposed design framework can help engineers design and evaluate AM products.

Interesting references cited in the paper

* Thomas, D.S. and Gilbert, S.W., 2014, Costs and Cost Effectiveness of Additive Manufacturing - A Literature Review and Discussion, NIST.
* Oh, Y. and Behdad, S., 2016, Assembly Based Part Design to Improve the Additive Manufacturing
Productivity: Process Time, Cost and Surface Roughness, ASME IDETC, Charlotte, NC, USA.
* Zhang, Y., Bernard, A., Gupta, R.K. and Harik, R., 2014, Evaluating the Design for Additive Manufacturing: A
Process Planning Perspective, Procedia CIRP, 21, 144–150.
* Thompson, M.K., 2013, Improving the Requirements Process in Axiomatic Design Theory, CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology, 62, 115–118.


2. Biomanufacturing (Biotechnology) Productivity

Productivity in Biomanufacturing

Researchers are examining the possibility of taking  advantage of the natural differences in productivity among cells that are used in biomanufacturing. They foster mutations to create genetic variability and then use microchips to analyze the behavior of individual cells, choosing the most prolific for larger-scale production.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/424695/why-is-biomanufacturing-so-hard/


3. Productivity and Nanotech

Productive Nanotech Systems
https://www.foresight.org/roadmaps/Nanotech_Roadmap_2007_main.pdf

Related

OSRAM Boosts LED Chip Productivity With Nanotechnology
Aug 27, 2014
https://www.nanowerk.com/nanotechnology-news/newsid=37099.php

4. Electric Batteries and Productivity Applications

Nano One Enhances Pilot Productivity and Files a New Patent

Vancouver B.C. Dr. Stephen Campbell, Principal Scientist at Nano One Materials, today announced that Nano One has filed a patent related to yield improvements in its process for the manufacture of lithium metal oxide cathode materials for use in advanced lithium ion batteries.
August 2017

https://nanoone.ca/nano-one-enhances-pilot-productivity-files-new-patent/


5. IoT and Productivity

McKinsey Global Institute Report
THE INTERNET OF THINGS: MAPPING THE VALUE BEYOND THE HYPE
JUNE 2015
You can donwload the report from the web
(Link)


How the Internet of Things will reshape future production systems
By Vineet Gupta and Rainer Ulrich
September 2017
https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/operations/our-insights/how-the-internet-of-things-will-reshape-future-production-systems


6. New Technology and Equipment for Productivity

PONSSE INTRODUCES NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR PRODUCTIVITY AND ERGONOMICS
Virtual reality (VR) training simulator.
http://www.ponsse.com/fr/media-archive/nouvelles/ponsse-introduces-new-technology-for-productivity-and-ergonomics

How Does Technology Affect Productivity?
Apr 9, 2014

 AIM's March 2014 Business Confidence Survey asked two questions.
1. "Has technology allowed your company to produce more goods or provide more services than a decade ago with the same or fewer employees?
2. Can you quantify the economic effect?"


62 percent of the employers who responded said "yes" to the first question.

Among them only some could quantify the benefits. The gains reported in productivity were in  the 10-25 percent range. At the limits,  one manufacturer doubled output without adding workers, and a non-profit service provider more than tripled productivity.

Regarding profit improvement, some manufacturers remarked  that productivity improvements did not strengthen their bottom lines due to downward pressure on prices.  Some  companies in services industries cited offsetting costs from new regulations.
https://blog.aimnet.org/AIM-IssueConnect/bid/103010/How-Does-Technology-Affect-Productivity

Trend 5: Technology enables greater productivity in infrastructure industry
https://home.kpmg.com/xx/en/home/insights/2017/01/trend-5-technology-increases-productivity-risk.html


7. Productivity in Hotels

New JW Marriott hotel rides on technology for productivity
25 March 2017

The 634-room luxury hotel has "taken the initiative to implement new technologies and processes to improve the efficiency of its operations, as well as the overall guest experience" One of the systems  is the (hotel's) use of the Knowledge Touch rostering system to better manage and allocate manpower during peak periods by analysing business volume and needs. the hotel has also adopted Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to track and replace worn-out items such as linen in hotel rooms and  has freed up valuable manpower for more productive uses .
http://www.asiahoreca.com/news/1164711/new-jw-marriott-hotel-rides-on-technology-for-productivity

JW Marriott Resort Saves $100K with Push-to-Talk Tech
12/09/2010
https://hospitalitytech.com/jw-marriott-resort-saves-100k-push-talk-tech

Friday, December 8, 2017

Soft Skills for Industrial Engineers



At the 1972 CONARC (US Army) Soft Skills Conference Dr. Whitmore presented a report  aimed at figuring out how the term "soft skills" (in the areas of command, supersivion, counceling and leadership) is understood in various CONARC schools. Based on this research study,  the following definition was formulated:

"Soft skills are important job-related skills that involve little or no interaction with machines and whose application on the job is quite generalized.

It was also highlighted that hard skills are related to machines, and we understand laws and operations related to machines well. But, we do not the laws related to fellow human beings that well and hence in the case of soft skills, education and training is not that straight forward.

It can be said and simplified that soft skills are people skills. In Industrial Engineering curriculums, we include subjects related to organizational behavior, and the content of this subject must have the objective of increasing the knowledge and skills involved in the interacting with people in cooperative ventures.




Kantrowitz classified soft skills into seven main clusters

1. self management and self performance management skills.

2. Managing others and Managing others' performance management.

3. Organization/leadership skills

4. Interpersonal skills

5. Communication/Persuasion skills

6. Political/Cultural skills

7. Counterproductive skills

You can read more about each of these skill categories in

Organizational Behavior - Review Notes - Based on Fred Luthans Book


Negotiation skills

Negotiations - Knowledge, Research and Skills
http://nraomtr.blogspot.com/2017/12/negotiations-knowledge-research-and.html

IEMS 345: NEGOTIATION
https://www.mccormick.northwestern.edu/industrial/courses/descriptions/345.html

Listening and Negotiation
2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition
https://www.asee.org/public/conferences/64/papers/15160/view


https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmXoypizjW3WknFiJnKLwHCnL72vedxjQkDDP1mXWo6uco/wiki/Soft_skills.html

Cost Reduction and Optimization for Manufacturing and Industrial Companies - Joseph Berk - Book Information



http://as.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470609575,descCd-tableOfContents.html


Introduction.
Chapter 1: Organizing a Cost-Reduction Program.

Part I Labor.

Chapter 2: Head Count.

Chapter 3: Time Standards.

Chapter 4: Efficiency.

Chapter 5: Utilization.

Chapter 6: Overtime.

Chapter 7: Multiple Shifts.

Chapter 8: Lost Time.

Chapter 9: The Learning Curve.

Part II Material.

Chapter 10: Make-versus-Buy Determinations.

Chapter 11: Inventory Minimization.

Chapter 12: Material Utilization.

Chapter 13: Minimizing Supplier Costs.

Chapter 14: Supplier Negotiation.

Chapter 15: Supplier Competition.

Part III Process.

Chapter 16: Work-Flow Optimization.

Chapter 17: Setup Time Reduction.

Chapter 18: Material-Handling Improvements.

Chapter 19: Scrap and Rework Reduction.

Chapter 20: Cleanliness.

Part IV Design.

Chapter 21: The Design Approach.

Chapter 22: Requirements Relaxation.

Chapter 23: Tolerance Relaxation.

Chapter 24: Materials Substitution.

Chapter 25: Packaging.

Part V Overhead.

Chapter 26: General Overhead Expenses.

Chapter 27: Travel.

Chapter 28: Inspection.

Part VI Gaining Disciples and Measuring Progress.

Chapter 29: Suggestion Programs.

Chapter 30: Measuring Progress.

Index.


Google Book Link with Preview facility
http://books.google.co.in/books?id=1Tc6YlglMUkC




14. Supplier Negotiation

Chapter sections:

The Bottom Line

Key Questions

The Supplier Negotiation Road Map

Planning

The First Offer

Multiple Issues

Concessions

Tracking Progress

Negotiation Traps

Impasses

Negotiation Power

Conclude Negotiations Professionally

Training

Who Should Do This Work

Risks

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9780470643815.ch14/summary



Updated 9 December 2017, 29 June 2013

Industrial Engineering - Health Care Partnership

Evolution of Industrial Engineering - 1908 to 2017 - Shop Management to Productivity Science, Engineering and Management



The motivation to write this article is provided by the paper, Sahney VK, Evolution of hospital industrial engineering: from scientific management to total quality management.
J Soc Health Syst. 1993;4(1):3-17.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8268467


Shop management paper/book has the objective low cost product and high income employees. The focus of the book is achieving low cost of production and high income provision to employees (from the existing position at that time) in engineering production shops. Industrial engineering became the subject that was developed to educate and train engineers in a specialized subject dealing with productivity and cost reduction. Very quickly it became a full fledged four year degree based curriculum as productivity and cost reduction are important dimensions of engineering organizations.

In the course of evolution, emphasis on redesign of the products and processes using engineering knowledge to provide cost reduction and productivity became less. This led to industrial engineering being labelled as imaginary engineering (a branch wherein engineering is nonexistent). The erosion of engineering focus also resulted in IE's narrow reach. Industrial engineering is applicable in all engineering branches that have engineering products or services and processes producing those products and services. Therefore, industrial engineering needs to be used in civil engineering, electrical engineering, electronics engineering, biomedical engineering and biotechnology. Engineering is an essential knowledge discipline in the world and industrial engineering has to focus on all engineering branches and improve productivity.

Prof. Narayana Rao, brought out this shortcoming clearly in a paper and also proposed principles of industrial engineering.  Principles of industrial engineering were derived from Principles of Scientific Management of Taylor. The principles of reflect the current concerns and areas of focus of the discipline. 


Industrial Engineering Scholars (Academic, Researching and Practicing Industrial Engineers)

F.W. Taylor
Frank Gilbreth
Lilian Gilbreth
Harrington Emerson
Henri Gantt
Alan Mogensen
R.L. Barnes
Marvin Mundel
H.B. Maynard
Shigeo Shingo
David Sumanth
D. Scott Sink
Gavriel Salvendy
Yamashina
Narayana Rao, K.V.S.S.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Operations Research and Quantitative Techniques in IE - Bulletin - Information Board






Quantitative Techniques in Production and Productivity
By D. Thakur
https://books.google.co.in/books?id=qTJ4ZiZbDQoC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

Steel Production Methods Improvement Study
by Ford OR Personnel
http://www-personal.umd.umich.edu/~williame/ortiz.html


Updated  8 December 2017, 21 May 2012

Productivity and Industrial Engineering News - Bulletin Board





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


December 2017

It's time to select new leaders for IISE board for future
http://www.iise.org/ISEMagazine/details.aspx?id=45709


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.
https://www.questia.com/magazine/1P3-530445/measuring-and-improving-productivity-a-new-quantitative

Select Bibliography on Productivity
Quantitative Techniques in Production and Productivity
By D. Thakur
https://books.google.co.in/books?id=qTJ4ZiZbDQoC&pg=PA343#v=onepage&q&f=false

November 2017

“Industry 4.0, Leapfrog Opportunity for India” - Productivity Week Theme - India 2018
http://nraoiekc.blogspot.com/2017/11/productivity-industry-40-leapfrog.html

Productivity Solutions - Franklin Covey - Personal Improvement
https://www.franklincovey.com/Solutions/Productivity.html

Productivity Research Network
NUS Business School
Singapore
https://bschool.nus.edu.sg/strategy-policy/productivity-research-network

Lancaster University Management School
Lancaster, United Kingdom
http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lums/research/research-centres/productivity-efficiency/

Productivity Features of New Ford Truck
https://www.ford.com/trucks/super-duty/features/productivity/


October 2017


Four theories to explain the UK’s productivity woes
https://www.ft.com/content/b6513260-b5b2-11e7-a398-73d59db9e399


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?
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/productivity-what-is-it-meaning-define-uk-economy-explained-a7986781.html


September 2017

Boosting productivity - Research identifies small changes that lead to big improvements in performance
By Heather Stringer
September 2017, Vol 48, No. 8
http://www.apa.org/monitor/2017/09/boosting-productivity.aspx

Productivity in the UK - Research Brief for Parliament
September 20, 2017
http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/SN06492




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.
https://books.google.co.in/books?id=xFPOBQAAQBAJ&pg=PA3#v=onepage&q&f=false

The First 50 Years of the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan: 1955–2005
Don B. Chaffin
https://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/maize/13855463.0001.001/1:3/--first-50-years-of-the-department-of-industrial?rgn=div1;view=fulltext


Top 20 Personal Productivity Blogs

https://www.scoro.com/blog/top-productivity-blogs-2016/


10 Must-Follow Productivity Gurus and Their Top Tips
http://blog.anderspink.com/2016/03/10-must-follow-productivity-gurus-and-their-top-tips/


May 2017

OECD Compendium of Productivity Indicators 2017
You can download the full statistics and content.
http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/industry-and-services/oecd-compendium-of-productivity-indicators_22252126


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."
https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/public-sector/our-insights/the-opportunity-in-government-productivity


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.
https://www.imf.org/en/Publications/Staff-Discussion-Notes/Issues/2017/04/03/Gone-with-the-Headwinds-Global-Productivity-44758

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.
https://www.brookings.edu/research/understanding-us-productivity-trends-from-the-bottom-up/

March 2017


THE COMING PRODUCTIVITY BOOM: Transforming the Physical Economy with Information
http://www.techceocouncil.org/clientuploads/reports/TCC%20Productivity%20Boom%20FINAL.pdf

2016


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
https://www.bcgperspectives.com/content/articles/lean-manufacturing-operations-productivity-now-call-to-action-us-manufacturers/

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
http://www.lse.ac.uk/businessAndConsultancy/LSEConsulting/currentProjects/Vodafone-Final-v3--Power-of-Productivity---LSE-report.pdf

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)
http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/314741472533203058/Productivity-as-the-key-to-economic-growth-and-development

June 2016

UK Government's Productivity Plan Review 2015-16

Investment Association UK's Productivity Plan 2016

Australia NATIONAL ENERGY PRODUCTIVITY PLAN 2015–2030
Boosting competitiveness, managing costs and reducing emissions
https://scer.govspace.gov.au/files/2015/12/National-Energy-Productivity-Plan-release-version-FINAL.pdf


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
http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/economics/links-between-weak-investment-and-the-slowdown-in-productivity-and-potential-output-growth-across-the-oecd_5jlwvz0smq45-en


May 2016

US productivity slips for first time in three decades
Prospect of wage stagnation
MAY 26, 2016
https://www.ft.com/content/925d8e6c-226f-11e6-9d4d-c11776a5124d

April 2016

Why Has the Cyclicality of Productivity Changed?
What Does It Mean?
http://www.frbsf.org/economic-research/files/wp2016-07.pdf

Industrial Engineers – Improving Processes for More Efficiency

by Brian Rooney
October 20, 2015
OREGON EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT
Interesting writeup
https://www.qualityinfo.org/-/industrial-engineers-improving-processes-for-more-efficiency

Workshop Presentations on Benchmarking Project Efficiency, 30.01.2015

https://www.ieee.de/chapters/tcm/ppe141114/

Center for Productivity Innovation
UT Knoxville
http://cpi.utk.edu/Home.html

News on Industrial Engineering in Africa

http://www.siemens.co.za/industrial-engineering/news.html


2015

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
http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2015/Q3/twin-discoveries,-eerie-effect-may-lead-to-manufacturing-advances.html
https://engineering.purdue.edu/~tribmat/research.html
http://www.engineering.com/AdvancedManufacturing/ArticleID/10486/New-Metal-Property-Speeds-Machining.aspx

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.
https://books.google.co.in/books?id=pmd1CQAAQBAJ



IIE Transations - Index to All Volumes
http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/uiie20#

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 -
221
Permanent link to this document:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17410401111111961


IE Course Notes by Prof Sam ADEJUYIGBE
http://www.unaab.edu.ng/attachments/470_MCE%20510%20-%20Submitted%20Copy%20for%20E%20Book.pdf

HR  DIMENSION IN INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING
(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
http://ijates.com/images/short_pdf/1427122074_757.pdf



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.
http://www.argon-ms.be/nl/node/42

"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)
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877042813043085


Comparing Engineering Management and Industrial Engineering programs
http://search.asee.org/search/fetch;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
https://books.google.co.in/books?id=wlb1CAAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

Articles on Lean Manufactuing and Product Development by S. Vinodh, NIT Trichy
vinodh_sekar82@yahoo.com


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

8.3.2014
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.
http://www.xconomy.com/wisconsin/2014/02/19/madison-biotech-supplier-goes-lean-to-stave-off-foreign-competitors/


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.
http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/manufacturing/still_learning_from_toyota


The Lean System of Motivation
http://www.lmmiller.com/blog/2014/02/23/corporate-culture/employee-involvement-empowerment-engagement-happened/

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
http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/energy_resources_materials/bringing_lean_thinking_to_energy


The Remedy: Bringing Lean Thinking Out of the Factory to Transform the Entire Organization
http://www.amazon.com/The-Remedy-Bringing-Transform-Organization/dp/0470556854


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 http://books.google.co.in/books?id=zj2jspgdcn4C

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.
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-02-13/pepsicos-productivity-plan-will-further-reduce-employee-headcount

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.
http://www.cps.org.uk/blog/q/date/2014/02/14/productivity-s-lost-decade-and-how-to-avoid-another/


Getting Lean with Your Healthcare Practice:
Five Tips for Improving Provider Productivity with an EHR
EHR - Electronic Health Records
http://www.athenahealth.com/whitepapers/physician-productivity/

Introduction to Software Productivity
Galorath Incorporated
2010 presentation
http://www.galorath.com/blogfiles/Galorath%20Productivity%20Introduction%20slides.pdf


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.
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/archives/39735


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?




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http://video.mit.edu/watch/innovation-in-manufacturing-from-product-innovation-to-productivity-8622/


 THE WORLD'S TOP 10 MOST INNOVATIVE Solutions from COMPANIES IN PRODUCTIVITY Improvement of people in general
http://www.fastcompany.com/most-innovative-companies/2014/industry/productivity

NitroDesk Announces Cockpit Mobile Productivity Management Solution
Cockpit allows for management of TouchDown corporate data container
http://www.darkreading.com/management/nitrodesk-announces-cockpit-mobile-produ/240165992

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.
http://www.atlascopco.in/us/

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.
http://www.psfk.com/2014/02/photoshop-productivity-keyboard.html#!vr6Gl

9 Feb 2014

11 Ways to Improve Your IT Team's Productivity

http://www.cio.com/article/747843/11_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.
http://nraoiekc.blogspot.com/2014/02/lean-management.html


Liquid Lean: Developing Lean Culture in the Process Industries

Published: February 24, 2010 by Productivity Press Content:346 Pages |
Author(s):Raymond C. Floyd
http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781420088625



Forth International Productivity Cartoon Festival: 

No. 164, 6th Boostan St., Opposite White Tower ( Burj-e-Sefid) , Pasdaran Ave., Tehran, Iran.
http://www.cwn-news.com/festival/2142-the-forth-international-productivity-cartoon-festival,-iran-2014


CERTIFICATE IN CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTIVITY MANAGEMENT (CCPM)
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.
http://scal-academy.com.sg/Course.aspx?ID=67


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.
http://www.lumberg-automation.com/en/Lumberg_Automation/news/High_productivity_for_machines_and_systems/index.phtml

Labour Productivity in Coal Mining Sector in India: With Special to Major Coal Mining
States
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.
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2390524


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.
http://myriad-it.com/solution/productivity-solutions/


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.
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140203006522/en/Productivity-Efficiency-Forefront-LexisNexis-LegalTech-York-2014#.UveZ0WKSxe4

Role of information literacy in agricultural productivity and food security: An international perspective
Conference
80th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Lyon, France in August 2014
http://www.ifla.org/node/8379

German firm to train farmers in productivity in Uganda
http://www.monitor.co.ug/Business/German-firm-to-train-farmers-in-productivity/-/688322/2195654/-/15cdwlqz/-/index.html

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.
http://www.nctspm.gatech.edu/

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.
http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2014-02-05/business/fl-port-productivity-20140205_1_port-everglades-portmiami-cranes



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
http://www.mavtechglobal.com/services/strategic-manufacturing-solutions/productivity-improvements


The Lean CFO: Architect of the Lean Management System

Published: September 16, 2013 by Productivity Press Content:151 Pages
Author(s):Nicholas S. Katko
http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781466599406


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.
http://www.appc2014.com.au/

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’.
http://www.printweek.in/News/371584,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.
http://www.onlineamd.com/amd0214-maintenance-profitability.aspx


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.
http://abbukenergy.blogspot.in/2014/02/energy-savings-productivity.html

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
http://techblog.chegg.com/2014/02/04/meet-dave-a-tool-for-qa-productivity/

SFI ACHIEVES 15 PERCENT INCREASE IN PRODUCTIVITY


. 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.
http://www.lincolnelectric.com/it-it/support/application-stories/Pages/sfi-steel-aluminum-fabrication-productivity.aspx


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
http://www.thefabricator.com/article/shopmanagement/professionalism-in-precision-sheet-metal-manufacturing

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.
http://www.thefabricator.com/video/powermax125-more-power-to-build-

Increasing Marketing Productivity and ROI with Tealium iQ - Case Study
http://static.tealium.com/assets/pdf/casestudy-vintners.pdf

The McKinsey Infrastructure and Capital Productivity Academy (MICA)
Dubai
http://www.mckinsey.com/client_service/operations/expertise/capital_productivity/mckinsey_infrastructure_and_capital_productivity_academy

Productivity and Efficiency of Groundnut Farming in Northern Taraba State, Nigeria
G.B. Taphee, A.A.U. Jongur
http://infinitypress.info/index.php/jas/article/view/189


The Construction Productivity Handbook
https://www.construction-institute.org/scriptcontent/more/ir252_2d_more.cfm
http://witandwisdomofanengineer.blogspot.in/2014/02/the-construction-productivity-handbook.html


Textura-PQM Software Helps Subcontractors Improve Efficiency and Enhance Productivity
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1298925/textura-pqm-helps-subcontractors-improve-efficiency-and-enhance-productivity


Improving productivity, efficiency and safety through automation and reliable communication infrastructure
MINING.com Editor | February 3, 2014
http://www.mining.com/web/improving-productivity-efficiency-and-safety-through-automation-and-reliable-communication-infrastructure/


Productivity and Industrial Engineering News - January 2014

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