Notable Industrial Engineers

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    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. Read More
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Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:36

BAR CODE LABEL

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A label that carries a bar code and is suitable to be affixed to an article.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:34

BAR CODE DENSITY

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The number of characters that can be represented in a lineal inch.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:29

BAR CODE

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An array of rectangular bars and spaces that are arranged in a predetermined pattern following unambiguous rules in a specific way to represent elements of data, which are referred to as characters.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:27

AIR-FLOAT CHAIN CONVEYOR

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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.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:25

AGV ROUTING

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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.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:24

APRON CONVEYOR

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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.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:23

AISLE TRANSFER CAR

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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.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:22

AUTOMATIC GUIDED VEHICLE SYSTEM

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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.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:20

AUTOMATIC DISPENSER

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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.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:19

AUTOMATED STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEM

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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.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:16

ARM CONVEYOR

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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.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:14

AISLE

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

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:06

ACCORDION ROLLER CONVEYOR

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

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 18:51

ANNUAL WORTH

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A uniform amount of money at the end of each and every period over the planning horizon, equivalent to all cash flows occurring over the planning horizon when interest is considered.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 18:50

CAPITAL RECOVERY WITH RETURN

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The recovery of an original investment with interest. In the public utility industry frequently this is referred to as the revenue requirements approach.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 18:50

BREAK-EVEN POINT

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(1) The rates of operations, output, or sales at which income will just cover costs. Discounting may or may not be used in making these calculations.

(2) The value of a parameter such that two courses of action result in an equal value for the figure of merit.

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