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Aft L.,Institute of Industrial Engineers
Industrial Engineer | Year: 2013

Pairing the tried-and-true methods with the newest technologies can make work measurements more easy. Quetech's products are designed for performing virtually any type of time study or sampling study, making the data collection process easier, more standardized and more accurate. Using Quetech's WorkStudy+ software to record timing and sampling data electronically allows to have immediate access to the study's statistical results and eliminates all manual data entry tasks on the back end. EASE Work Measurement software and EASE Universal Standard Data was developed out of MTM2 data. EASE technology includes the availability of a client server, Web-based or SaaS Labor Standards software application. The ISampler iPhone app automates all aspects of work sampling. Custom templates can be uploaded to all iPhones that are participating in the study. Source


Hughes M.,Institute of Industrial Engineers
Industrial Engineer | Year: 2011

Some of the latest technological innovative tools used in the metal processing industry are discussed. The Infinite Web 355 by Joining Technologies Inc., which makes industrial laser applications, is a laser cutting and welding system for splicing iron and nickel-based strip alloys. The unique, all-in-one design incorporates laser welding and cutting with a single head. The system offers a streamlined design with optimal safety features, and joins leading and trailing edges of metal coils in strip processing lines to create a continuous feed with no downtime for rethreading and realignment. Anver Corp.'s Upender 180°Flipper, allow one worker to do tasks that used to occupy teams of employees. This new, fully powered C-frame style vacuum flipper lets one person lift sheets and panels, invert them, inspect the other side, and then place them in jigs for assembly or secondary operations. Source


Hughes M.,Institute of Industrial Engineers
Industrial Engineer | Year: 2011

Some of the innovative technologies that have been developed, are discussed. The Smog-Hog electrostatic precipitator offers variable speed controls to cut energy use and control air flow from 200 to 600 cubic feet per minute. Larger models can handle air flows from 400 to 9,000 cfm, all while helping companies meet OSHA and EPA regulations. They use washable collection cells to capture up to 99.9 percent of submicron smokes, mists and emulsion oils, nabbing particles down to 0.01 microns in size. RSC Bio Solutions has launched Liquid Wrench lubricating oils and Gunk degreasers. RSC's EnviroLogic gear oils and hydraulic fluids come from plant-based technology. The safe, biodegradable liquids are suitable for numerous industrial gear applications. Its SafeCare industrial cleaners, degreasers, solvents and specialty products extend the life and performance of equipment and tools. Source


Norgaard B.,University of Aalborg | Nolan D.,Institute of Industrial Engineers | Polman T.,VOAA | Delfsma A.,VOAA | And 5 more authors.
Proceedings of the 43rd SEFI Annual Conference 2015 - Diversity in Engineering Education: An Opportunity to Face the New Trends of Engineering, SEFI 2015 | Year: 2015

The development of employees? skills and competences has become the key driver of economic growth in the developed world. It is widely recognised that it is mainly through enhancing people?s skill and competences that future competitive advantage willemerge. Consequently companies need to be able to identify precise areas where they have, orcan build, distinctive Competences that will enable them to compete effectively. However skill and competence development aimed at especially post-graduate employees is still an area of great potential of progress. Nowadays with the European Qualification Framework (EQF) the tool to accredit such skills and competences is available - even if they (the skills and competences) have been achieve through in-formal or non-formal learning. A partnership of seven industrial engineering institutes from Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Finland have set out to develop and test a model for skills and competence development for employees within a company context. Inspired by the concept of Work-based learning (Boud, 2001) and a facilitating approach to learning (Kolmos et al., 2004)),the partnership will develop a Work-based learning model aiming at industrial engineering ? a WBL-IE model, which will be pilot tested in the seven partner countries and the learning out-come will be matched against the EQF. The intention with the research is to bring new knowledge and models to the field on continuing education primarily within an industrial engineering context. The research approach is inspired by action research, which is defined by a participatory process concerned with developing practical knowledge in an attempt of improving e.g. life of human beings (Lewin, 1946; Reason et al., 2003) and a case studies methodology (Flyvbjerg, 2006, 2011). This paper will provide insight into the results of the pilot cases; how the competence need are recognised; how the learning objectives are identified; how the learning program is designed and how the learning out-comes are assessed and matched to the EQF. Source


Howell V.W.,Institute of Industrial Engineers
61st Annual IIE Conference and Expo Proceedings | Year: 2011

Industrial engineers have a broad skill set that focuses on productivity, efficiency, scheduling planning, and execution. Many of these skills have direct application to project management. Project management continues to gain wide usage world-wide in varying organizations, including industry, non-profits, government agencies, and military, just to name a few. IE's are often employed by these organizations. If an IE has long term interest in taking on leadership and management responsibility, project management is a area worth considering. Thus, the question is raised - "what does it take to transition from IE to a project management role?" This paper will explore lessons learned in the project management arena that will assist the industrial engineer in gaining tools and learning that can help expand career options toward leading projects. Source

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