Industrial engineering is the profession dedicated to making collective systems function better with less waste, better quality, and fewer resources, to serve the needs of society more efficiently and more effectively. This book uses a story-telling approach to advocate and elaborate the fundamental principles of industrial engineering in a simple, interesting, and engaging format. It will stimulate interest in industrial engineering by exploring how the tools and techniques of the discipline can be relevant to a broad spectrum of applications in business, industry, engineering, education, government, and the military.
Chapter 1. Ages of Human Development and Work Planning. Chapter 2. Emergence of Organized Production. 3. Elements of Industrial Revolution. 4. Early Production Practices. 5. Invention of Mass Production Techniques. 6. Shop Floor Management Practices. 7. Emergence of Union Movements. 8. Early Human Factors. Early Practices of Ergonomics. 10. The Days of Efficiency Experts. 11.The Concept of Cheaper by the Dozen. 12. Development of Manufacturing. 13. Management Engineering. 14. Early Management Principles and Movement. 15. Emergence of Formal Industrial Engineering. 16. Diversification of Industrial Engineering. 17. Fragmentation of Industrial Engineering. 18. Offshoot Professions and Specializations. 19. Keeping the Center Holding. 20. Splinter Areas of IE. 21. Shadow Function of IE. 22. Sustaining the Profession under a Common Core. 23. References. Bibliography for Further Reading.
Decisions in business, industry, government, and the military are predicated on performing data analytics to generate effective and relevant decisions, which will inform appropriate control actions. The purpose of the focus series is to generate a collection of short form books focused on analytic tools and techniques for decision making and related control actions.