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Making work and the world a better place

Making work and the world a better place

This article explores the basics of how development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) work and the surprising – at first, but later rather obvious – similarity between the work of ISEs and that of NGOs. We describe a vision for process excellence that seamlessly integrates concepts and principles from both lean Six Sigma and the NGO world. Finally, we offer some practical ideas for ISE practitioners to join the fight against poverty and relieve suffering. 
By Andrew Parris 

The final step toward quality in additive manufacturing

The final step toward quality in additive manufacturing

This article summarizes the challenges and opportunities for industrial engineers in the additive manufacturing domain to address and reap the rewards from the technology given our ability to understand, explain and mitigate its varied forms.
By Prahalada Rao

Smart manufacturing builds opportunities for ISEs

Smart manufacturing builds opportunities for ISEs

Smart manufacturing at its core focuses on connectivity, virtualization and data utilization, while advanced manufacturing focuses on manufacturing process technologies such as automation, robotics and additive manufacturing. Nevertheless, there is no sharp dividing line between the two concepts, and in order to be successful in the future, companies need to embrace both.
By Thorsten Wuest

Writing a technical paper in ISE: A network perspective

Writing a technical paper in ISE: A network perspective

I have authored many papers over my lifetime and I felt that it might be useful to distill my ideas and techniques for composing technical papers for those starting out in their careers. Writing papers should be a fun task, but it is normally painful. I will attempt to explain the principles and framework I use in my writing.
By J. MacGregor Smith