Notable Industrial Engineers

  • 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 Read More
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A chain and roller conveyor in which the chain is supported by an inflatable air hose to control and minimize line pressure.

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The act of determining the specific paths over which an automated guided vehicle must travel in a given time period and programming the controller to execute the travel path.

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A conveyor in which a series of pans or plates, attached to a chain or pivotally attached to one another, form the moving bed.

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A machine or vehicle for transferring an S/R machine from aisle to aisle, which normally runs on a rail or rails.

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A vehicle equipped with automatic guidance equipment, either electromagnetic or optical. Such a vehicle is capable of following prescribed guide paths and may be equipped for vehicle programming and stop selection, blocking, and any other special functions required by the system.

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A sortation system in which small items are manually stacked up on the exterior of an A frame in their respective columns and dispensed by a computer-controlled mechanism.

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A combination of equipment and controls which handles, stores, and retrieves materials with precision, accuracy and speed under a defined degree of automation. Systems vary from relatively simple, manually controlled order-picking machines operating in small storage structures to giant, computer-controlled storage/retrieval systems totally integrated into the manufacturing and distribution process. Vertical heights of these latter systems can exceed 100 feet.

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A conveyor consisting of an endless belt, one or more chains, to which are attached projecting arms, or shelves, for handling packages or objects in vertical or inclined path.

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That space used to accommodate the movement of people, material, firefighting apparatus and/or equipment.

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A roller conveyor with a flexible latticed frame which permits variation in length. (See ROLLER CONVEYOR.)

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