Enhance synergy of DMAIC, value stream maps to boost production

Competition has driven manufacturers to improve product quality, time to market, cost structures, delivery, customer service and other measures. Because it is essential to deliver products on the due date, we offer an integrated framework to reduce preventable delays in shipments and improve production processes using DMAIC and value stream mapping (VSM).
By Sanaz Eshraghi and Emmanuel S. Eneyo

The 'how' of social capital development

There are novel insights into how executives can build social capital by affecting and, in some cases, manipulating structure, culture, strategy, intercompany networks and stakeholder orientation. Executives may not be as interested in social capital as much as scholars are, but there is a kernel worth looking it in this theoretical framework for executives. For example, social capital enables executives to increase organizational effectiveness and help close the gap between success and possible failure.
By Mostafa Sayyadi

Creating opportunities for women in engineering

This article shares experiences that helped me overcome obstacles as a woman in engineering and become an advocate of diversity, equity and inclusion. I encourage everyone to question biases against women in our discipline and become part of the solution. This is first step in creating awareness about the hurdles women face, which have been exacerbated by COVID-19. It’s not just a matter of social justice; it’s the right thing to do, and it’s good for academia.
By Lourdes A. Medina

Equal representation of women in engineering concerns us all

I cannot remember a time in my life when there was not a woman who has served as an inspiration and a role model for me.
By Nolgie O. Oquendo-Colón

How to choose the right AI for manufacturing

Much has changed over the past year. The new normal brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone and everything. Companies worldwide have been forced into crisis management mode, adapting, retooling and training employees to work remotely while adopting new technologies to stay productive.
By Tom Tulloch and Chitta Ranjan