Optimizing emergency services with lean Six Sigma

Black belt project levels staffing, cuts response time and answers more calls
By Casey Bedgood 

Fitness designed for every body

Ryan Eder, CEO and founder of IncludeFitness, uses universal design to develop exercise equipment with inclusivity in mind
By Cassandra Johnson 

Adding kaizen to your kanban

Making it visual can help your organization create prioritized project pipelines
By Fabrice Bouchereau 

The industrial IoT can monitor critical machinery

Measurement can change behavior and lead to new business models
By Dan Yarmoluk 


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • Breaking the dental jam
  • The cloud will check your machinery now
  • It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … Amazon?
  • Study: Demands at work can add demands on your health
  • Robots will read minds for efficiency’s sake
  • The biology of tomorrow’s plastics
  • A deeper search for cures
  • The cleaner the office, the better the brain
  • Pocket enthusiasm
  • Making more stuff
  • Book of the month: Network Medicine: Complex Systems in Human Disease and Therapeutics by Joseph Loscalzo, Albert-László Barabási and Edwin K. Silverman


Performance by Kevin McManus

Windshield time

Management by Paul Engle

The classic dilemma of where to manufacture

Health Systems by By William “Ike” Eisenhauer

Accept the risk ... or reduce the risk

Manufacturing by Paul Templin

Why free trade isn’t

Systems Engineering by Ricardo Valerdi

When it’s big data and when it’s not


This month in IISE news

The February issue includes details about the featured speakers at the Applied Ergonomics Conference in March and a preview of the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference, also in March; the call for papers for the International IISE Conference scheduled for July 6-7 in Valencia, Spain; information about two keynote speakers who will be presenting at the IISE Annual Conference and Expo in May; a check-in with the IISE Atlanta chapter; and an announcement about IISE's new Energy Systems Division.  

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October 2018


"Ever since Frederick Winslow Taylor picked up his first stopwatch more than a century ago, industrial and systems engineers and other productivity professionals have used work measurement and time studies to figure out how workplace operations and staff interact with their environment, finding nuggets of information that can increase productivity, streamline processes and reduce waiting time. But no matter how well-designed work measurement can be, the observers can’t see exactly what the workers see – until now."
– Contributor Mike Bartels in his October 2018 feature, "Looking through the efficiency glasses"


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