Component Areas of IE: Human Effort engineering and System Efficiency Engineering

"Industrial Engineering is human effort engineering and system efficiency engineering."
This statement appeared in IIE magazine "Industrial Engineer" in March 2010 issue.


The following subjects or techniques form part of industrial engineering tool kit.

Human Effort Engineering

1. Principles of Motion Economy and Motion Study.
Therbligs, SIMO chart, Chronocycle graph
2. Work Measurement
Stop watch time study, worksampling, PMTS - MTM, MOST
3. Ergonomics

4. Safe Work Practice Design
Personal protective devices

5. Wage Incentives and Job Evaluation

System Efficiency Engineering

1. Method Study and Methods Efficiency Design
Process analysis, operation analysis, work station design
2. Value Engineering

3. Statistics Based Techniques: Statistical Quality Control (SQC), Statistical Process Control (SPC), and Six Sigma Projects etc.

4. Mathematical Optimization, Operations Research and Quantitative Techniques
Linear programming models, Integer programming, Non-linear programming
5. Plant Layout Studies for reduction of material movement, operator movement and movement of salesmen etc.

6. Engineering Economics
Engineering Economic Appraisals of projects submitted by Engineering Departments

7. Specialised Functional IE Solutions: SMED. Lean Manufacturing, BPR


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Knols (Online Articles on these topics)

Industrial Engineering of Systems - System Industrial Engineering


Human Effort Engineering

Human Effort Engineering


1. Principles of Motion Economy and Motion Study.
Therbligs, SIMO chart, Chronocycle graph



Work Station Design - An Activity of Human Effort Engineering
Principles of Motion Economy
Motion Study - Human Effort Engineering
Motion Study - Operation Analysis - Questions



2. Work Measurement
Stop watch time study, worksampling, PMTS - MTM, MOST
3. Ergonomics

Ergonomics - Introduction


4. Safe Work Practice Design
Personal protective devices


Safety Aspect of Human Effort Engineering - A Manual to Support
Safety Gloves



5. Wage Incentives and Job Evaluation

Job Evaluation - Purpose - Consultants


System Efficiency Engineering

Systems Efficiency Engineering - A Focus Area of Industrial Engineeering
System Efficiency Engineering - Methods, Subjects, Techniques, and Tools


1. Method Study and Methods Design
Process analysis, operation analysis, work station design


Method Study
Process Analysis - Questions/Check List

2. Value Engineering

Value Engineering - Introduction
Value Engineering at the Design and Development Stage - Tata Nano Example
Value Engineering - Examples, Cases and Benefits


3. Statistics Based Techniques: Statistical Quality Control (SQC), Statistical Process Control (SPC), and Six Sigma Projects etc.

Statistical Quality Control – Industrial Engineering

4. Operations Research and Quantitative Techniques
Linear programming models, Integer programming, Non-linear programming

Operations Research - An Efficiency Improvement Tool for Industrial Engineers

5. Plant Layout Studies for reduction of material movement, operator movement and movement of salesmen etc.

6. Engineering Economics
Engineering Economic Appraisals of projects submitted by Engineering Departments

Engineering Economy or Engineering Economics: Economic Decision Making by Engineers
Introduction to Engineering Economics
Engineering Economics is an Efficiency Improvement Tool for Industrial Engineers
Engineering Economics and Industrial Engineering
Engineering Economic Appraisal by Industrial Engineering Department
Time Value of Money
Chemical Engineering Economics
Civil Engineering Economics or Economy
Electrical Engineering Economics
Engineering Economics - Books and Contents
Present-Worth Comparisons
Replacement Problem - Engineering Economy Analysis
Engineering Economic Analysis - Case Studies
Engineering Economics or Economy - Typical Problems
Machine Selection Problem for an Engineer - Engineering Economic Analysis
Selection of Motor - A Design Engineer's Problem - Engineering Economic Analysis


7. Specialised Functional IE Solutions: SMED. Lean Manufacturing


SMED - Single Minute Exchange of Dies - An Industrial Engineering Innovation
5S System - Work Place Design (Industrial Engineering)



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Related Knols

Industrial Engineering Tool Kit - Recommended Books
Industrial Engineering Tool Kit - Videos - Video Knol Collection

Introduction to Industrial Engineering - Course at NITIE
Industrial Engineering
Industrial Engineering - Knols of Narayana Rao K V S S

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Related Papers and Articles


IE Tool Kit in Hospitaable Food Service Sites.
IE magazine article, 2010
http://www.iienet.org/uploadedFiles/IIE/Applied_Ergonomics/martinez.pdf
Operation Research Methodologies in Industrial Engineering: A Survey
Authors: Robert E. Shannona; S. Scott Longb; Billy P. Bucklesa
IIE Transactions, Volume 12, Issue 4 December 1980 , pages 364 - 367

Industrial Engineering Job Description - Boeing
http://www.iienet2.org/uploadedFiles/IIE/About_IIE/IE%20Functions%20SS%20version.pdf


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