Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Systems Efficiency Engineering - A Focus Area of Industrial Engineeering

Systems efficiency engineering is one of the focus areas of industrial engineering according to me. The other area of focus is human effort engineering.
Functional design of a system and efficiency design of system are different activities. In mechanical engineering, design of a mechanism and design of machine elements to implement the mechanism are different activities. A machine requires first a mechanism design and then machine element design. Then somebody has to do a process design to manufacture each element and then assemble them into an assembly. Similarly functional design of a system and efficiency design of a system are two different activities under division of labor.
Is efficieny engineering a new word that I am coining for the first time? No. Efficiency engineering was used in the past by many authors and thinkers. The new thing that I want to emphasize is the difference between functional engineering or design and efficiency engineering or design. Industrial engineering has focussed on efficiency of systems.
Reference to Efficiency Engineering
Efficiency Engineering –
Requirements for Tools from Industrial Practice
Andreas Möller*, Martina Prox**
University Lüneburg, Scharnhorststr.1, 21335 Lüneburg, Germany
Hamburg, Große Bergstr. 219, 22767 Hamburg, Germany
E-mail: m.prox@ifu.com
   
BMG Efficiency Engineering
Cost Efficiency through Efficiency Engineering
 
Efficiency Engineering
Efficiency engineering. Improved methods program brings savings in money, manpower.
1: Hospitals. 1969 Aug 16;43(16):77-8 passim.



Taylor, Frederick Winston
Publication: Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History
Publication Date: 01-JAN-00
Taylor promoted his ideas about efficiency engineering of both people and machine processes that would help speed up work.
I am now conceptualizing the two areas of efficiency engineering as Human Effort Engineering and Systems Efficiency Engineering.


THE CORE PURPOSE OF SYSTEM EFFICIENCY ENGINEERING IS TO BROKER KNOWLEDGE WITHIN OUR NETWORK TO SOLVE PROBLEMS WITHIN A SYSTEM AND IMPROVE ITS OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY. WE BUILD LASTING RELATIONSHIPS WITH CLIENTS BY ENABLING THEM TO OUTSOURCE COMPLEX PROBLEMS AND OPPORTUNITIES FACING THE FIRM TO OUR DEDICATED TEAM FOR ANALYSIS AND INPUT. OUR SERVICES INCLUDE HELPING CLIENTS SOLVE AND IMPLEMENT CHANGE AND ADAPTIVE PROGRAMS, COMPLETE FEASIBILITY STUDIES OR ASSIST IN INNOVATION AND ITS MANAGEMENT. WE CONSIDER EVERY PROCESS AND ENVIRONMENT AS A SYSTEM AND THEREFORE HAVE THE CAPACITY TO ANALYSE AND SCRUTINISE SYSTEMS IN A RANGE OF SECTORS TO IMPROVE THEIR EFFICIENCY FOR LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY AND HEALTHIER FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE.


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Efficiency Improvement Techniques of Industrial engineering 

1. Process Analysis 
2. Operation Analysis 
3. Time study
4. Value engineering
5. Statistical quality control
6. Statistical inventory control and ABC Classification Based Inventory Sytems
7. Six sigma
8. Operations research
9. Variety reduction
10. Standardization
11. Incentive schemes
12. Waste reduction or elimination
13. Activity based management
14. Business process improvement
15. Fatigue analysis and reduction
16. Engineering economy analysis
17. Learning effect capture and continuous improvement (Kaizen, Quality circles and suggestion schemes)
18. Standard costing
19. 5S
20. SMED

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Some More References


Improving Information System Efficiency Through Statistical Process Control 
Authors: Kenneth C. Gilbert ; James M. Reeve ;Richard A. Wannemacher

Published in:  Information Systems Management, Volume 7, Issue 2 1990 , pages 8 - 14
Electronic air cleaner improves system efficiency

Improve the Energy Efficiency of Fan Systems
Fan System Assessment Tool (FSAT) Saves Energy

Scientific Management, as it was called, involved the application of the scientific method to understand business problems and improve workplace efficiency. Previously, most managers lacked quantitative data and information and thus often relied on hunches and educated guessed to manage their business. By the early 1900’s, Scientific Management evolved into “efficiency engineering” with its main focus being optimization of a single process (i.e. point optimization), and then later “industrial engineering” whose focus expanded to system optimization – i.e. improvement of interrelated processes.
(M.L. “Bob” Emiliani is a university professor, researcher, author, historian of progressive management, and executive trainer. in http://www.leanceo.com/too-much-selfish-thinking/)
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Related Knols

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Original knol - Knol Number 869 http://knol.google.com/k/ systems-efficiency-engineering-a-focus-area-of-industrial-engineeering

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