Notable Industrial Engineers

  • 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 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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