What is Industrial engineering: Definition and 24 Discussions

Industrial engineering is an engineering profession that is concerned with the optimization of complex processes, systems, or organizations by developing, improving and implementing integrated systems of people, money, knowledge, information and equipment.
Industrial engineers use specialized knowledge and skills in the mathematical, physical and social sciences, together with the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design, to specify, predict, and evaluate the results obtained from systems and processes. From these results, they are able to create new systems, processes or situations for the useful coordination of labour, materials and machines and also improve the quality and productivity of systems, physical or social. Depending on the sub-specialties involved, industrial engineering may also overlap with, operations research, systems engineering, manufacturing engineering, production engineering, supply chain engineering, management science, management engineering, financial engineering, ergonomics or human factors engineering, safety engineering, logistics engineering or others, depending on the viewpoint or motives of the user.

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    Cournot Model in a Duopoly Market

    Homework Statement Two retailers compete on price in a market. Firm 1’s demand depends on both its own price and firm 2’s price as follows: q1 = b – p1 + ap2. Similarly, firm 2’s demand depends on its own price and firm 1’s price: q2 = b – p2 + ap1. Their marginal costs of producing one unit of...
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    Programs Choosing an IE program-- balancing business and engineering

    I'm a HS senior and I'd like to be an industrial engineer. When I Iook at the courses I'd be taking, at some schools it's far more technical and in line with a typical engineering degree, while other programs are much more business-focused. Ideally I'd like to take a lot of math but not a ton...
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    Schools Applying to schools without the type of engineering I want?

    I'm a rising high school senior with an interest in industrial engineering. Although I'm aware that plenty of people graduate with degrees completely different from what they wanted to do in high school, industrial engineering is what I want to major in right now. Industrial engineering...
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    Programs Help choosing a type of engineering-- unclear on differences

    I've been researching different types of engineering and since some of them are pretty similar, I'm having trouble understanding the difference between them. Fields I'm looking into: Industrial engineering, systems engineering, manufacturing engineering, operations research, supply chain...
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    Reliability of low-cost accelerometers in commercial applications

    My question relates to the reliability of low-cost accelerometers (MMA7455,ADXL345 etc.) in commercial products with a expected life expectancy of 5 years or more. The tilt angle reading from the accelerometer will be used as a feedback parameter to orient a single-axis plate-reflector...
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    List of quantitative methods for optimization

    Max: 3x + 5y s.t. x + 2y ≤ 5 x ≤ 3 y ≤ 2 x,y ≥0 By the simplex method, the profit is $14. Using sensitivity analysis I changed the RHS of the 1st constraint and keeping everything else constant, I get the best profit value of $19 at RHS of 7. What other methods can I use such as the...
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    Efficient water heating system

    I want to design a water heating system for a special type of pool. The system is open-loop, where input water at 10 C has to be heated to 15 C, and then enters the pool and is eventually exhausted out of the pool. The flow rate is about 100 litres/second (6000 litres/minute). Simply heating up...
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    Time Distribution Histogram for a process with two peaks

    I have been studying a processing time for an industrial process. The present analysis just consists of finding the mean value as if the time was distributed normally. I took a sample of data and made a histogram of the data and realized it is not normally distributed at all. The normal...
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    Engineering Should I even bother going into engineering?

    So I'm a senior in high school and so far I've had pretty average grades. Taken Algebra 1, Geometry, Honors Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Precalculus, AP Calculus AB and gotten mostly B's with some A's and some C's. I'm not proud of my grades, but I just wasn't able to grasp the concept too well. I've...
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    Industrial Engineering and Management?

    I'd like to go for a master degree. What do you think about Industrial Engineering and Management? I'm also thinking about Manufacturing Engineering. Both are quite broad but having worked in a production industry for over a year I feel like moving from specialist to a manager is tempting since...
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    Reading from allowance tables in Direct Time study (IE)

    Can anyone help me reading how the example comes to this conclusion? This is a allowance tables in direct time study in Work measurement course
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    Programs How to narrow down my Industrial Engineering degree?

    I'm at the end of my IE (Industrial Engineering) bachelor years and during my exchange stay I realized how many IE students there are. I wasn't really sure what IE do but it seems that it is too broad and lacks specialization. However, I chose engineering because I'm not bad at physics/math and...
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    Recommendations for good Industrial Engineering books

    Hi I'm a mechanical engineering that just started my first job. I have learned (to my dismay) that the majority of courses I did at school are very theoretical and completely useless in industry and so I'm basically learning to do my job from scratch. I'm currently involved in the construction...
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    Is industrial engineering similar to computer science?

    I'm switching my community college choice soon form bitoechnology technician (which I've grown disillusioned with) to computer systems technician: software support which might hopefully lead me to the computer systems technician: software development.Something that occurred to me is how even...
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    Engineering Question about Industrial Engineering

    I'm currently a Junior in Mechanical Engineering, and I'm finding out that I really hate it. I'm taking classes like Therodynamics and Fluid mechanics and I hate the classes, they are really boring to me. I was thinking about switching to Industrial engineering becuase i took an advanced...
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    Industrial Engineering for someone who loves business?

    Thanks for helping me sort out my future, I appreciate it greatly. I've read the "Should I..." thread. I need to return to college for a 2nd Bachelors. My first was in IT, and I'm largely bored with being so tech focused. Frankly, the "support" aspect of the field has caused me to really hate...
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    Programs Changing Degrees - Mechanical to Industrial Engineering

    Hi my name is Marco, I live in South Africa and currently studying a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. I first decided on mechanical because I enjoyed cars and learning how machines work. But after 2 years into the degree, I have started to lean more towards changing to industrial...
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    Exploring Industrial Engineering as a Career Change

    I'm considering changing careers and studying industrial engineering but I would like to learn a bit more about the field. Basically, I've always had some idea that I would very much enjoy engineering. I love learning how things work and being able to improve them. I read the "Should I become...
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    Industrial engineering to chemical engineering

    Hi, in about 1 year i will graduate with a ba in industrial engineering from a university in Peru. I have really good grades and its supposed to be the best at I.E in the country. I really like science and i have realized that I.E is not really for me since it is more oriented towards...
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    I hate industrial engineering help

    I hate industrial engineering help! i am studying i.e in Peru and i graduate in 1.5 years. ( i will be 21) I have realized that i am not a real engineer, i am just an administrator who knows a little bit of science. I am a pseudo engineer. i have a passion for science, i love thinking about...
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    Schools Senior level college student thinking of switching to Industrial Engineering.

    I'm a 4th year college student who has studied 2 years of sociology, and 2 years of film. With summer studies, I could graduate this fall with an SOC. degree, but have little interest in doing this other than that I would have a B.S. to mark up my resume. I have been thinking long and hard, for...
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    Programs About Industrial Engineering online degree

    Hey all, I'm considering to take an industrial and/or systems engineering degree online, as the nature of my current work doesn't permit me to attend university on a regular daily basis. I would appreciate any advice or sharing any experience with online education. While I was at uni, I...
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    Industrial Engineering undegrad to physics Grad

    Hello everyone, I am at my last year in Industrial Engineering. Last summer I decided to go for physics, since I do not like industrial engineering, also I do not want to work as egineer. I thought I do better if I am an academician. For that reason I am taking the Modern Physics course as Not...
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    Exploring Engineering: A Journey from Biology to Industrial Engineering

    I'm currently majoring in biological sciences. Throughout high school I was not interested in engineering because of a misconception. Now that I looked into industrial engineering I feel that it strongly describes my interests and passions. Although I planned to go to med school, but now I'm not...