By Fabrice Bouchereau

In most companies, the day-to-day priorities of keeping production lines running, meeting shipment commitments and interfacing with suppliers and customers are urgent matters that need to be dealt with immediately. Industrial engineers have a wealth of knowledge and a plethora of tools that can be used to streamline and improve processes. They should be change agents, but unfortunately much of their time is spent doing routine work and “fighting fires.”

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