Notable Industrial Engineers

  • Frank Bunker Gilbreth >

    A mechanical engineer and an early member of the ASME, Frank Gilbreth is considered by many to be the Father of Management Engineering. Born in Fairfield, ME, on July 7, 1868, Gilbreth broke into the construction industry as a bricklayer shortly after his high school graduation. In the course of his work, Gilbreth observed that each bricklayer approached his job differently, some seemingly more efficient than others. He then began analyzing their motions to determine Read More
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Ali Shah

Ali Shah

Wednesday, 28 August 2013 11:36

ArcMap 10 Guide


Welcome to "ArcMap 10 Basics", a new module designed for those wanting to understand just what ArcMap 10 is, how it works, and what you can do with it.

"ArcMap 10 Basics" is for those unfamiliar with arcGIS or ArcMap 10, who are looking to be introduced to the this increasingly popular and applicable technology. Please note that this tutorials is based on ESRI's ArcGIS software. The  tutorial features the following topics:

  1. Knowing the user interface
  2. Adding Data
  3. Saving and Opening files
  4. Working with Map Layers
  5. Navigating Around The Map
  6. Magnifier, Viewer and Overview Windows
  7. Creating Bookmarks
  8. Working with Vector Data
  9. Measuring
  10. Identify and Find Tools
  11. Select Feature Tool
  12. Working with Attribute Table
  13. Label Features
  14. Creating Thematic Maps
  15. Creating Map Layouts
  16. Creating Geodatabase & Feature Datasets
  17. Single / Multiple Importation Process
  18. Create Layer Group
  19. Set Scales For Dynamic Display
  20. Custom Attribute Scales
  21. Creating Point Maps
  22. Create Hyperlinks
  23. Create Custom Layout With Two Maps
  24. Adding Report to Layout
  25. Add Graph to Layout
  26. Join Tables
  27. Create Centroid Coordinates
  28. Use Data Queries to Extract Features
  29. Clip Features
  30. Dissolve Features
  31. Merge Features
  32. Intersect Layers
  33. Union Layers
  34. Buffer
Sunday, 25 August 2013 23:21

W. Edwards Deming

In 1950, Japanese businessmen turned to an obscure American from Wyoming to help them rebuild an economy shattered in World War II. That industrial expert, W. Edwards Deming, taught Japan's manufacturers how to produce top quality products economically. The Japanese used that knowledge to turn the global economy on its head and beat U.S. industry at its own game.

Companies such as Toyota Motor Corp. and Sony Corp. adopted Deming's concepts and became world-class producers in their fields, helping Japan become one of the planet's dominant economic powers. Japan's rise was the start of a regional metamorphosis. Asia eventually became a manufacturing giant. Although American companies could have learned from Deming, most ignored him for decades even as Asian competitors gobbled away at Americans' customer base and profits.

Sunday, 25 August 2013 22:34

Walter A Shewhart

The year 1924—at a factory in Cicero, Illinois—saw the start of two of the most important developments ever in managerial thinking. In May that year Walter Shewhart described the first control chart which launched statistical process control and quality improvement. In November of that year there began a series of research projects which came to be known as the Hawthorne studies. This body of work was central to the creation of the fields of the sociology, social psychology, and anthropology of the work place. Although these events occurred at the same place and in the same year, there has been remarkably little cross fertilization of ideas between them.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 15:23

Shigeo Shingo

Shigeo Shingo is perhaps a lesser known Quality Guru in the West, although his impact on Japanese industry, and less directly on Western industry, has been very large. To quote Norman Bodek, President of Productivity Inc.:

"If I could give a Nobel prize for exceptional contributions to world economy, prosperity, and productivity, I wouldn't have much difficulty selecting a winner - Shigeo Shingo's life work has contributed to the well-being of everyone in the world. Along with Taiichi Ohno, former vice president of Toyota Motors, Mr Shingo has helped revolutionise the way we manufacture goods. His improvement principles vastly reduce the cost of manufacturing - which means more products to more people; they make the manufacturing process more responsive while opening the way to new and innovative products, substantially reduce defects and improve quality, and give us a strategy for continuous improvement through the creative involvement of all employees."(4)

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 14:48

Taiichi Ohno

Taiichi Ohno is credited with creating the just-in-time production system. He still feels today that the goal of Toyota is to shorten the time line, from the moment the customer places an order to the point where the cash is collected. He wants to further reduce that time line by removing non-value-added wastes.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 14:35

Richard Muther

Richard Muther is the founder of IHPP, Richard Muther & Associates, and Muther International. He is widely respected as an industrial engineer and management consultant, and has been called "the father of systematic planning."

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 14:24

Lee Iacocca

After a thirty-two year career with Ford Motor Company, including eight years as president, Lee Iacocca engineered one of business history's greatest comebacks at Chrysler Corporation. His success, coupled with appearances in television commercials and his best-selling book, made him one of the nation's most known and admired businessmen.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 14:05

Lillian Evelyn Moller Gilbreth

Lillian Evelyn Moller Gilbreth (1878-1972) spent her life advocating the application of psychology, and helped shape the development of applied psychology in the early 20th century. Only recently, scholars have begun to understand and recognize Gilbreth's contributions (see Kelly & Kelly, 1990; Koppes, 1997; Perloff & Naman 1996).

Gilbreth took her first psychology course with the young psychologist, George Stratton, Ph.D., at the University of California, Berkeley, where she majored in English.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 14:04


Any conveyor in which one or more chains act as the conveying element. A British term for trolley conveyor.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 14:03


A series of cars attached to and propelled by an endless chain or other linkage running on the horizontal or a slight incline.

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