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Engineers who make a difference 

Engineers who make a difference

This year, Industrial Engineer honors dreams born from the ports of Europe to the barrios of Central America. Stephan Wrage's interest in shipping and the environment have led him to help develop SkySails to provide sustainable power for shipping and boating. Rodrigo Bolaños has used his manufacturing expertise to provide textile jobs and hope to the forgotten of El Salvador's wars and gang violence. But both IEs share the same desire – to keep using their talents to integrate people, processes and technology to make a better world.
By David Brandt and Michael Hughes 

Value stream designing a factory 

Value stream designing a factory

This article details the effectiveness of the value stream method for production system design, describing the procedures and guidelines that have been tried and tested in numerous industries. This method has proved effective at increasing the competitive edge of manufacturing sites, even in high cost countries like Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
By Klaus Erlach and Erin Sheehan 

Assessing your workload 

Assessing your workload

This is a case study of workload in a process industry that converts wood to rayon fiber in an Asian country. The company has been in existence for more than 60 years and has plants in a number of locations in several Asian nations. The process was developed and patented by the company many years ago.
By Raj Sanne 

Education in 3-D 

Education in 3-D

While many things feed a healthy manufacturing ecosystem, a skilled workforce is essential to carry it forward. Therefore, the revolution is now extending into the classroom. New Mexico State University's College of Engineering is responding to the demand by adapting its curriculum, introducing new technologies in laboratories, and creating an atmosphere of innovation and entrepreneurship.
By Linda Fresques 

Coordinated maintenance 

Coordinated maintenance

The tools and techniques of industrial engineering are broadly evident in maintenance shops throughout the U.S. Air Force. The premise of this article is to bring this fact to light to encourage a coordinated continuation of existing maintenance best practices with the hope that the maintenance infrastructure can be augmented and improved.
By Adedeji B. Badiru, Lt. Col. LeeAnn Racz and Maj. Rofelio L. Grinston 


 
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