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Fitting ISE into the sharing economy

Fitting ISE into the sharing economy

The Service Engineering Enterprise Initiative at the Pennsylvania State University aims to make students and practitioners aware of emerging opportunities for industrial and systems engineers in the service industry. Let’s take a look at the emerging sharing economy, what’s driving it, its strengths, weaknesses and how industrial and systems engineers fit in.
By Vignesh Ramanathan, Naren Gursahaney, Paul Funari, James Wilk, Charles R. Schneider and Vittal Prabhu 

Mekis, Sobaje do DMAIC their way

Mekis, Sobaje do DMAIC their way

For most folks, that venture into Frank Sinatra-land would be the end. The sweet refrains of define, measure, analyze, improve and control would dissipate into the hotel rafters. But unlike other process improvement experts, Daniel Mekis, a lean Six Sigma black belt and regional assistant plant manager for Granite Construction in San Francisco, has a friend, Ben Sobaje. And this friend has a home studio.
By Michael Hughes 

Looking through the efficiency glasses

Looking through the efficiency glasses

As workplaces and equipment become smarter, faster and more efficient, so must the processes we use to manage this change. Eye tracking can be a valuable tool to help businesses manage this transition. The key to its value lies in the type of information it uncovers.
By Mike Bartels

POLCA helps jobs dance through your factory

POLCA helps jobs dance through your factory

With the shorter lead-times and excellent delivery record, combined with their reduction of expediting activities and costs, two companies experienced significant increases in sales as well as profitability. And thus they joined the ranks of the pioneers of POLCA in both the new world and the old one.
By Rajan Suri

Product wheels power production

Product wheels power production

Product wheel scheduling is a powerful way to address operational challenges. In this article, we recap some basic wheel concepts, highlight recent successes and describe analytical tools that simplify and enhance the daily use of wheel scheduling.
By Peter L. King and Alan H. Nall