May 2014 |   Volume: 46 |   Number: 5
The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers
Keeping pace with IIE in the May 2014 issue of Industrial Engineer
Learning opportunities at annual conference range from sessions to facility tours to networking
The best way to find out about best practices is to view them in action.
The IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2014 gives attendees two valuable opportunities to do that with facility tours at the Hydro-Québec Beauharnois Generating Station, the Molson-Coors Distribution Center and the Port of Montreal. Add those to the networking opportunities, dozens of research and applied solutions sessions, keynote speakers and pre-conference workshops, and conference-goers can pack in a lot of knowledge from May 31 to June 3. The conference will be held at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal. An additional fee is required for facility tours and pre-conference workshops. For more information and to register, visit www.iienet.org/annual. The following is a sampling of this year’s events:
Ergo Cup competition brings home the meaning of ergonomics conference
Brian Roberts admits to being prejudiced for the little guy.
So when a small Pacific Northwest roofing and sheet metal company won an Ergo Excellence Award in its first visit to GOErgo’s Applied Ergonomics Conference, the incoming conference chair was pleased.
"They’re not a Boeing," said Roberts, director of manufacturing and ergonomics for CNA Insurance. "They’re not a Honda. They’re not a Ford. They’re Snyder Roofing, a little company from Portland, Ore., and they win. I thought that was pretty cool for a little company like that to come in because what they did was just amazing."Roberts, incoming chair for the Applied Ergonomics Conference 2014 and a veteran of many such gatherings, said first-timers usually are just getting their bearings and rarely win such accolades.
But Roberts, who will co-chair AEC 2015, noticed an energy and enthusiasm during the four days (March 24-27) spent at the Hilton Orlando in Orlando, Fla., for AEC 2014. He said part of that passion came from smaller organizations pleased with the opportunity to share with, learn from and compete against well-known entities like Johnson and Johnson, Toyota and GE.
"I think they really thought this was quite an honor to be able to attend this and compete with people from basically all over the world and from some of the major corporations," Roberts said.
As always, the Ergo Cup competition had some of the conference’s highlights. Roberts said many first-time attendees told him that viewing the entries helped them truly understand what the Ergo Cup and the overall conversation was all about.
"When they start walking around and actually listening to what these people have done and some of the projects they have done and changes they’ve made, they’re pretty impressed," Roberts said. "Because it’s hard to describe that on paper until you see what these people have done and see the pictures of what they’ve done and see the changes they’ve made from an engineering perspective or a program perspective."
For several years, GOErgo judges have awarded Ergo Cups in four categories. This year’s winners are:
Conference attendees select the Ergo Excellence Award. The winners, including Snyder Roofing, were:
To view AEC 2014 highlights, including tweets, links to videos and a photo album, visit www.appliedergoconference.org.
And start making plans for the 2015 Applied Ergonomics Conference, scheduled for March 16-19 in Nashville, Tenn.
Kaizen event spices up university conferenceThe North Central Region University Conference spiced up its technical paper competition with a bit of tractor manufacturing.
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology student chapter hosted the conference March 6-8.
"The tractor manufacturing event was a fun kaizen event that allowed each chapter to compete against each other," said student conference Co-chair Katy Ramsbacher.
Organizers wanted an innovative way to increase attendance for the paper competition.
Chapter members first laid hands on the pedal tractors from Scale Model Toys in Iowa on March 7. They had to reverse engineer how to put the model back together the fastest, developing a shadow board to help the process along.
Right before the competitions started, organizers threw a surprise into the process by introducing an Americans with Disabilities Act challenge: One person from each team had to select a disability, such as height restriction, loss of sight out of one eye, loss of an arm, loss of a thumb, and/or loss of hearing. Adding the challenge forced chapter members to think on their toes and rebalance their assembly process, Ramsbacher said.
The University of Illinois-Urbana team won the tractor competition.
IIE Transactions seeks paper for special issue to address trendIIE Transactions, the institute’s flagship technical journal, has issued a call for papers for a special issue titled "Big Data Analytics in Manufacturing and Services."
The special issue, tentatively scheduled to be published in May 2015, needs both theoretical and application-based research papers in the service and manufacturing domains. Topics include but are not limited to data capture and storage, mining big data, visualizing big data, and decision-making.
Manuscripts prepared according to the IIE Transactions publication guidelines should be submitted through http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/iietransactions. Please select "special issue" under the manuscript category of your submission. The paper submission deadline is Aug. 1.
BOT and other leadership hopefuls must be nominated by May 7Nominations for election to the Institute of Industrial Engineers’ board of trustees and other leadership positions are due by May 7.
To nominate yourself or a colleague, email a brief biography or resumé and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail the information to Donna Calvert, IIE, 3577 Parkway Lane, Suite 200, Norcross, GA 30092. IIE must receive nominations by May 7.
The election is scheduled for December. Winners take office in April 2015.
The four open BOT positions are president-elect; senior vice president-at-large, academics; senior vice president, continuing education; and senior vice president, regional operations. Other open posts include vice president, technical operations as well as regional vice presidents for the South Central and North Central regions.