Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Taylor - Narayana Rao Principles of Industrial Engineering

Taylor - Narayana Rao Principles of Industrial Engineering were developed Prof. Narayana Rao K.V.S.S. in two stages. In the first Stage, Taylor's principles of scientific management were converted into basic principles of industrial engineering.

Principles of Scientific Management - Taylor

The managers following scientific management thought do the following things.

First. They develop a science for each element of a man's work, which replaces the old rule-of.-thumb method.

Second. They scientifically select and then train, teach, and develop the workman, whereas in the past he chose his own work and trained himself as best he could.

Third. They heartily cooperate with the men so as to insure all of the work being done in accordance with the principles of the science which has been developed.

Fourth. There is an almost equal division of the work and the responsibility between the management and the workmen. The management take over all work for which they are better fitted than the workmen, while in the past almost all of the work and the greater part of the responsibility were thrown upon the men.

The principles explain the question what is industrial engineering (IE)?

Basic Principles of Industrial Engineering - Narayana Rao

1. Develop science for each element of a man - machine system's work related to efficiency and productivity.
2. Engineer methods, processes and operations to use the laws related to the work of machines, man, materials and other resources.
3. Select or assign workmen based on predefined aptitudes for various types of man - machine work.
4. Train workmen, supervisors, and engineers in the new methods, install various modifications related to the machines that include productivity improvement devices and ensure that the expected productivity is realized.
5. Incorporate suggestions of operators, supervisors and engineers in the methods redesign on a continuous basis.
6. Plan and manage productivity at system level.
(The principles were developed on 4 June 2016 (During Birthday break of 2016 - 30 June 2016 to 7 July 2016).

The principles were developed by Narayana Rao based on principles of scientific management by F.W. Taylor)

Principles of Industrial Engineering - Narayana Rao - Detailed List

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The full paper on the principles by Prof. K.V.S.S. Narayana Rao is now available for downloading from IISE 2017 Annual Conference site in prepublished format.

Presentation on Principles of Industrial Engineering First made by Dr. Narayana Rao on 23 May 2017 in IISE Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, USA.



John Heap
Managing Director at Institute of Productivity

Principles of Productivity Science

Stimulated by recent exchanges in this group, on behalf of the World Confederation of Productivity Science, I have drafted the following principles of productivity science .... the principles that productivity leaders and practitioners should adopt to ensure their work is technically and ethically valid. Comments welcome!

Undertake a structured and systematic review of the social, environmental and economic value created by human endeavour;

Measure, at macro and micro levels, the value created - and the resources consumed to produce it;

Design products in ways which facilitate efficient manufacturing, distribution and subsequent disposal; Design services that are user-focused and scalable whilst remaining efficient in terms of their requirements for physical infrastructure and administrative support. 

Strive to identify and eliminate or minimize waste across the lifecycle of services and products (including throughout manufacturing and delivery processes);

Ensure all working environments and working practices are designed to ensure the safety and well-being of the workforce;

Minimise the consumption of energy and natural resources;

Minimise harmful effects on the natural environment;

Establish working systems, processes and methods that reduce inherent variability; 

Treat all members of the workforce with respect and, wherever possible, engage them in decision-making processes that affect their work roles or working conditions;

Ensure that all staff have the tools, equipment and skills necessary to maximize their performance;

Engage individuals and teams in productivity and performance enhancing reviews and investigations.

Posted on linked on 27 June 2018

Updated on 5 July 2017, 28 June 2017


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