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Industrial Engineering


Industrial Engineering for high enterprise performance

The Industrial Engineering activity in many manufacturing organization has many varied roles covering some or all of these functions:

a) Plant Layout Planning
b) Asset Care Management
c) Process Workflow Planning
d) Material Handling Planning
e) Capacity Planning
f) Product Costing & Estimating
g) Profit Contribution Analysis
h) Product Line Balancing
i) Standard Work Value Development
j) Operation Planning For Manufacturing
k) Job Evaluation Of Job Functions
l) Productivity Improvement
m) Equipment Management
n) Technical Skill Training & Management
o) Material Handling Design

p) Cell Workflow Design
q) Product Capacity Management
r) Equipment Performance Measurement
s) Operator Performance Measurement
t) Manpower Planning & Modeling
u) Capacity & Delivery Cycle Time Modeling
v) Value Stream Process Optimization
w) New Product Line Establishment
x) Cost Reduction Management
y) Value Engineering Management
z) Lean Manufacturing

Short Cycle Time Delivery
Despite the many roles industrial engineering play today, one of the critical skill set of manufacturing engineering personnel is to be able to optimize the Productivity of the Manufacturing Operations through Shorter Cycle Time Delivery.

Today speed is the buzzword of shorter cycle time delivery, is a must-have manufacturing system. The difference between long and slow delivery cycle time is that opportunity marketing cost strategy that will solely determine the market leadership of the enterprise today,

New Product Introduction
Short Cycle Time Delivery must be integrated with a Fast New Product Introduction by having manufacturing engineering design the process workflow to achieve Lean right from the planning to design to implementation. To be able to achieve a significant success in this area, manufacturing enterprises must have engineers who understand the technicalities of both process technical requirements as well as possessing the pre-requisite industrial engineering know-how to reconfigure the cycle time of man-machine and material handling system. This set the demands for industrial engineering functions such as, man-machine cycle time modeling, quick cycle time workflow, pull system, material flow quantity, visual control system, mistake proofing control, etc.
Costing & Estimating System
And long before New Product Introduction, enterprises must be able to pre-determine their operational costs in term of labour and machine time.

With 1000s of Requests for Quotation, enterprises depend on estimate and traditional accounting system for building their product cost,. This is where Work Measurement using MOST®, MTM and Direct Time Study can be an additional tool to equip the manufacturing engineering functions to become more productive. Enterprises with a good knowledge of their own capability, performance and standard cost, will be able to provide competitive quotes to secure more orders. As more and more customers demand transparency in Standard Cost of Manufacturing, it is becoming a necessity for enterprise to measure their Standard Costs.

Lean Value Stream Workflow
Lean Value Stream Workflow management becoming more and more important today in view of the revolution in manufacturing from Low Mix High Volume to High Mix Low Volume. The needs to switch to a new product manufacturing requires a Quick Changeover as well as operations able to possess the necessary Accelerated Momentum to move the process forward quickly without any delay for sub-assembly, part delivery and inadequate production resources.

Lean Value Stream Design includes Production Line Design to pull readily available complicated modular assembly and ease of access to common assembly parts. This flow quantity of parts called One Kanban is moved by Visual Controls that are to be put in place.

The confusing part of the Value Stream Management is the configurations of Cycle Time of many different type of work flow

a) Fully manual operation f) One-piece flow
b) Semi-manual operation g) Two or more pieces per Kanban
c) Machine operation h) Batch material quantity
d) Static equipment i) Transfer method
e) Dynamic equipment j) Batching handling

f) One-piece flow
g) Two or more pieces per Kanban
h) Batch material quantity
i) Transfer method
j) Batching handling

Continuous Improvement

Continuous Improvement is essential to all aspect of an enterprise operations Continuous Improvement is Kaizen or made incrementally as a desirable discipline to effect bigger overall change. The continuous wave after wave of Continuous Improvement would lead to making a breakthrough to a more sustainable change order. Making change without Kaizen is unsustainable as the changed system will breakdown due to lack of system care, maintenance and incremental improvement that are always needed.

Mastering Industrial Engineering tools and techniques is one of the best known approach today to equip the managers, engineers and supervisors to understand Cycle Time Configuration and to reconfigure them if necessary.

How Can APRC Support Enterprises’ Need For Industrial Engineering & Manufacturing Engineering Know-how
APRC adopt approaches that are customizable to the customers’ needs and emphasis in order to implement what is learned to get Focused Improvement Result. APRC will be able to survey the learning needs and establish the Cycle Time Voices of the process to develop the right level of curriculum to train the engineers, supervisors and managers to Analyze, Reconfigure, and Change the Process Operations for Productivity, Efficiency, Effectiveness and Lower Cost of Operations within the Short Cycle Time Delivery context.

APRC is accredited by World Leading Industrial Engineering Authority – H.B Maynard (Accenture LLP – USA) and UK MTMA 2000 Ltd and International MTM Directorate to train and implement Work Measurement for all enterprises. To-date, we have trained and certified thousands of managers and engineers to Really Measure Accurately and Improve their Productivity.