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2nd Edition

Introduction to Industrial Engineering

ISBN 9781138747852
Published July 26, 2017 by CRC Press
436 Pages 114 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

A Firsthand Look at the Role of the Industrial Engineer

The industrial engineer helps decide how best to utilize an organization’s resources to achieve company goals and objectives. Introduction to Industrial Engineering, Second Edition offers an in-depth analysis of the industrial engineering profession. While also providing a historical perspective chronicling the development of the profession, this book describes the standard duties performed, the tools and terminologies used, and the required methods and processes needed to complete the tasks at hand. It also defines the industrial engineer’s main areas of operation, introduces the topic of information systems, and discusses their importance in the work of the industrial engineer.

The authors explain the information system concept, and the need for integrated processes, supported by modern information systems. They also discuss classical organizational structures (functional organization, project organization, and matrix organization), along with the advantages and disadvantages of their use. The book includes the technological aspects (data collection technologies, databases, and decision-support areas of information systems), the logical aspects (forecasting models and their use), and aspects of principles taken from psychology, sociology, and ergonomics that are commonly used in the industry.

What’s New in this Edition:

The second edition introduces fields that are now becoming a part of the industrial engineering profession, alongside conventional areas (operations management, project management, quality management, work measurement, and operations research). In addition, the book:

  • Provides an understanding of current pathways for professional development
  • Helps students decide which area to specialize in during the advanced stages of their studies
  • Exposes students to ergonomics used in the context of workspace design
  • Presents key factors in human resource management
  • Describes frequently used methods of teaching in the field
  • Covers basic issues relative to ergonomics and human–machine interface
  • Introduces the five basic processes that exist in many organizations

Introduction to Industrial Engineering, Second Edition establishes industrial engineering as the organization of people and resources, describes the development and nature of the profession, and is easily accessible to anyone needing to learn the basics of industrial engineering. The book is an indispensable resource for students and industry professionals.

Table of Contents

Educational Goals
Definitions and Examples Related to Industrial Engineering
Teaching Industrial Engineering
Historical Overview
The Impact of Globalization on the Industrial Engineering Profession
Industrial Engineering and Systems
Industrial Engineering and Process Design
The Need for Integrated and Dynamic Processes

Modeling the Organizational Structure and the Facility Layout

Educational Goals
What Is an Organization?
Development of Organizations
Examples of Organizational Structures
Organizing Workplace Equipment and Machinery
Organization-Wide Processes

Project Management

Educational Goals
Project Initiation
Project Scheduling
The Implementation Phase—Project Execution Monitoring and Control

Information Systems

Educational Goals
Components of the Information System
Quality of Information

Supply Chain Management: The Interface with the Customer

Educational Goals
Introduction to the Customer Interface and Its Design
The Impact of Inventory
Bill of Materials
The Master Production Schedule
Delivery Time and Time-Based Competition
Avoiding Unnecessary Activities
Shortening the Duration of Value Added and Necessary Activities
Quality-Based Competition
Cost-Based Competition

The Interface with Suppliers and Subcontractors

Procurement as a Way to Gain a Competitive Advantage
Purchasing From an External Source: The "Make or Buy" Decisions
Introduction to Suppliers Management
Selecting the Right Suppliers
Managing the Process: Contract Management
E-commerce and Supplier Management
Inventory Management: Cost/Benefit
The Benefits of Inventories
Costs Related to Inventory
Inventory Management Models and the Assumptions on Which They Are Based


Introduction to Operational Scheduling
Single-Machine Scheduling
Scheduling the Job Shop
Schedule Control
Flow Shop Scheduling
Applying the JIT Philosophy in Scheduling
The Theory of Constraints and the Drum Buffer Rope Approach to Scheduling

Streamlining the Transformation Process: Material Requirements Planning Systems

The Need for Material Requirements Planning
The Basic MRP Record
Input Data and Data Quality Issues
Capacity Considerations: The Evolution of MRP2 Systems
Using the MPS for Available to Promise Analysis
Lot Sizing Considerations
Uncertainty and Buffering Considerations
MRP as a Predecessor of the ERP

Enterprise Resource Planning

Educational Goals
Functionalities and Components of ERP Systems
The Database and the Model Base
Business Intelligence
Process Design and Reengineering
ERP Implementation Projects

The Human Factor

Educational Objectives
Motoric Tasks
Body Posture
Access and Space Design
Workload Lifting and Exertion in the Workplace
Workplace Environmental Factors
Specialization and the Development of Workers’ Medical Problems
Design Flexibility
Cognitive Tasks
Key Elements in Work Environment Design
Human Resources Management

Introduction to Supply Chain Management

Educational Goals
Background: Terms, Definitions, and Historic Overview
Supply Chain Characteristics
Major Characteristics and Considerations in Supply Chain Planning
Types of Contracts and Engagements
Information and Its Importance
Designing the Supply Chain
Supply Chain Monitoring and Control Management

Introduction to Service Engineering

Educational Goals
Service Processes
Classification of Service Systems
Key Characteristics and Considerations in Designing Service Systems
Introduction to Queuing Systems
Main Service Disciplines
Service System Simulation
General Approach to Planning Number of Service Personnel
Rush Hours and Their Importance
Feedback: Customer Satisfaction Surveys

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Professor Avraham Shtub holds the Stephen and Sharon Seiden chair in project management. He has a BSc in electrical engineering from the Technion—Israel Institute of Technology (1974), an MBA from Tel Aviv University (1978), and a PhD in management science and industrial engineering from the University of Washington (1982). Professor Shtub is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI-USA). He has been a consultant to industry in the areas of project management, training by simulators, and the design of production–operation systems.

Yuval Cohen is a senior faculty member at the Industrial Engineering Department of the Tel-Aviv Afeka College of Engineering. His areas of expertise are planning and operation of assembly lines, design and management of production and logistic systems, project management, supply chain management, and business decision making. Dr. Cohen served several years as a senior operations planner at FedEx Ground (USA) and received several awards for his contributions to the hub and terminal network planning. He received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh (USA), his MSc from the Technion—Israel Institute of Technology, and BSc from Ben-Gurion University.


"The authors have assembled a comprehensive introduction of industrial engineering with the inclusion of both traditional and emergent areas. Other books tend to give a shotgun view, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the field, and provides an excellent starting point for anyone new to the field."
—David A. Nembhard, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA

"… an excellent introduction to the history, profession, processes and practice of industrial engineering… The depth is relevant for a single introductory course in industrial engineering for engineers or as a supplement to a full industrial engineering curriculum…"
—Brian Peacock, Retired / Professor SIM University