May 2014 |   Volume: 46 |   Number: 5
The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers
In recent years, advancements such as computer-controlled prosthetic knees, multiarticulated feet and polycentric knees have improved the functionality of prosthetic limbs, offering greater mobility and flexibility than their predecessors. Unfortunately, prosthetic design and manufacturing are still not where they need to be. But industrial engineers can change that.
By Chun (Chuck) Zhang and Ben Wang
Segmentation is an operations strategy that differentiates the flow of goods – from supplier’s supplier to customer’s customer – to reduce the costs of supply chains and improve services to customers. This article explores the strategy and operations of supply chain segmentation. What is it? Why do it? How do we achieve it?
By Jim Tompkins, Gene Tyndall and Valerie Bonebrake
Service processes are complex and a company's efficiency tools today may not be the solution tomorrow. Creating a "thinking system" from lean to build a culture of lifelong learning will allow an organization to respond to the ever-changing needs of its customers and to grow and change in line with those needs.
By Karyn Ross
A study of simulation modeling in transitional care was conducted at the Boutwells Landing Care Center, a Presbyterian Homes and Services Continuing Care Campus in Minnesota. The unique contribution of simulation is its introduction of uncertainty to modeling. To be useful, the model needed to give practical guidance about care timeliness, work productivity and cost reduction in an environment where care tasks vary randomly.
By Gavin L. Collins
To ensure the readiness of the soldiers, the armed forces rely on physical readiness testing (PRT) to assess the preparation of both male and female soldiers. In light of media reports that 55 percent of women are failing the upper body strength portion of the PRT, this article makes the case for addressing the gap between the success of male and female military trainees in PRT and physical readiness.
By Pamela McCauley Bush