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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glossary

glossary (37)

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 14:04

CHAIN CONVEYOR

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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

CAR TYPE CONVEYOR

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

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 14:01

CAROUSEL CONVEYOR

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A continuous platform or series of spaced platforms which move in a circular or elliptical horizontal path. Note: The term "carousel" has been applied to other forms of conveyors such as car type and pallet type.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:59

CAPACITY

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The maximum pounds, or the maximum load in pounds at a given load center, that a truck can safely transport and/or stack to a specified height.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:57

BULK STORAGE

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The area within a facility or warehouse devoted to the placement of large, greater than loose-issue quantities of items, or in which each single item is too large to be placed in a bin storage location.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:56

BULK STOCK

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Full and unbroken containers of supplies. Bulk storage can involve piles of raw material (stone), tanks (oil), silos (sand), and similar on-site methods of containing homogeneous commodities.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:54

BIDIRECTIONAL SYMBOL

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A bar code symbol that permits reading in complementary (2) directions.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:53

BIDIRECTIONAL READ

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The ability to read data successfully whether the scanning motion is left to right or right to left.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:51

BIDIRECTIONAL PATH

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A material flow path over which material flow takes place in two opposite directions.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:50

BELT CONVEYOR, MULTIPLE RIBBON

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A belt conveyor having a conveying surface of two or more spaced strands of narrow conveyor belts.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:48

BELT CONVEYOR, CLOSED

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Moving, endless, flexible belt, or belts, which may be formed into a tubular shape by joining of edges, and which are opened while in motion to receive load, closed to convey or elevate, and opened to discharge.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:47

BELT CONVEYOR, FLAT

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A belt conveyor in which the carrying run of the conveyor belt is supported by flat belt idlers or by a flat surface.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:45

BIN STORAGE

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An area of a plant or facility devoted entirely to loose item or open stock placement.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:44

BELT CONVEYOR

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An endless fabric, rubber, plastic, leather, or metal belt operating over suitable drive, tail end and bend terminals and over belt idlers or slider bed for handling bulk materials, packages, or objects placed directly upon the belt.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:43

BATCH PICKING

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An order picking method in which an operator is responsible for picking multiple orders to completion in the same work cycle.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:42

BATCH PROCESS

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An industrial manufacturing method in which one or several units are produced at a time, in contrast to continuous process (q.v.).

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