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February 2016    |    Volume: 48    |    Number: 2

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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The theory of constraints is the perfect buffer for medical scheduling
By James F. Cox III, Dr. Timothy M. Robinson and Wendy Maxwell   

Savings through shavings

Paring down SKU-driven complexity can improve profitability
By Reginaldo A. Montague 

Becoming a complete project leader 

Complete leaders deliver the right functions, meet deadlines and beat budgets
By Simon Philbin and Donald Kennedy 

Eleven ways to optimize your warehouse

Global study reveals best practices in constant drive to do more with less
By Paul Dittmann 


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news

  • Hard work + epiphany = lean healthcare
  • Prof says skills gap is a cash problem
  • The fear of unconnected data
  • Engineering out diabetes
  • Tackling the complexities of healthcare
  • Inexpensive manufacturer benefits from simulation 
  • Filling an Amazon-sized hole
  • Book of the Month: Healthcare Systems Engineering


Running to failure

By Kevin McManus 

One executive's dilemma

By Paul Engle 

Knowledge can turn hoarders into curators 

By William "Ike" Eisenhauer 

Pursuing excellence means pursuing competence

By Paul Templin 

Unintended consequences of electric vehicles 

By Ricardo Valerdi 


This month in IIE news

The February issue includes a column detailing the future of healthcare; a volunteer snapshot with Robert Williams as he leaves IIE parliamentarian post after decades of service; information on the Annual Conference pre-conference workshops; Teresa Wu takes over IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering and aims to add clinical aspect; and find out what it takes to build your own ergo program. 

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"These industrial athletes . . . they're the experts on the job. We're just there to understand and ask the right questions so that we can go to the lab and create something to turn around and give back to them." 

– Sean Petterson, CEO of StrongArm Technologies, in the February Case Study


The best job ever 

The best job ever

Mark Wallace with UPS discusses why his job is the coolest job for an industrial engineer in this December 2014 Web exclusive.

Resurrection in Atlanta 

Resurrection in Atlanta

Members of the IIE Atlanta Chapter appear in this October 2014 video to discuss the value of a revitalizing the chapter.

Training humanitarian IEs 

Training humanitarian IEs

IE interviews the three co-directors of Georgia Tech’s Center for Health and Humanitarian Logistics.