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Unformatted text preview: Direction & Image of Industrial Engineering (IE) the best way to prepare IEs for their careers, the most appropriate roles for IEs, the very definition of IE Questions How would you define IE? What unique contributions do IE make to an organization? Do you believe IE students are prepared appropriately for IE jobs within the industry? What are the most significant challenges, issues, and technologies for IEs in an organization? Questions Has the demand for IEs in the industries been increasing or decreasing? How would people from industry assess the image of IEs within their company? Definition of IE IE is a branch of engineering concerned with the design, improvement, and installation of integrated systems of men, materials, machines, methods, and money. Definition of IE IEs are really impact engineers who develop and plan to provide the right amount of resources, and determine how to effectively utilize those resources of people, technology, equipment, and information for every situation. IE has to do with the design, operation, implementation, and management of industrial systems that design, produce, and sell goods or services. Definition of IE IE is synonymous with systems integrator a big-picture thinker who takes what exists today and conceptualizes what should exist in the future. IE is a broad professional discipline concerned with designing effective systems and developing robust processes with the purpose of integrating people, machines, and material resources for improved overall effectiveness. Role of IE Two areas of responsibility: Achieve the optimal balance of all assets in the supply chain or business system This balance could be as focused as developing a work method on the floor, or as broad as developing a manufacturing and distribution strategy for an entire company. IE must understand the choices available and the inherent tradeoffs, as they strive to optimize the system rather than maximize any single component. Role of IE Two areas of responsibility: IE brings expertise that provides a system perspective and skills that allow us to identify and measure system dynamics. Ensure the efficient use of these assets IE works in a constantly changing environment and must be able to effectively accommodate change new products, volume swings, improved technology, and changes in management philosophy Continually improve all work processes so that we are maintaining a highly efficient and cost effective operation. Contributions of IEs to the Organization Improve the efficiencies of all of these diverse processes by: Installing agile and flexible manufacturing processes, Facilitating efficiency workshops, Implementing service quality initiatives Provide layout expertise For example, at Hughes Electronics integrated satellite facility, their IEs reduced cycle time from 36 months to 18 months Contributions of IEs to the...
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