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July 2013

 Meet the IIE LEAN Division Board of Directors!
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ThankyouThank you for making IIE Annual 2013 a success!  

Thank you for attending the IIE Annual Conference and making it another successful networking and learning event. We hope you found the sessions valuable and had ample opportunity to connect with colleagues and peers from around the world.

S. David Wu delivers keynote presentation 
Wu, dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh University was the first keynote speaker to take the stage at the conference in May. In his presentation, Wu discussed the effect that industrial engineers have on issues awaiting them in this era of new economic realities, ever-changing technological frontiers, and other challenges that lie ahead. 

Impressions from first time attendees
We asked a couple of "first timers" about their impressions of the conference and here are responses from Shruthi Musunuri andLean Division logo     Laurence Clements.  
Make sure to check the conference website to view pictures from the 2013 conference and information on the 2014 conference. Also check for updates on the IIE Lean Division group on Linkedin.  
We are glad you enjoyed San Juan. Next year we will be in Montreal, Canada. Join us!
EngineeringconferenceIIE Engineering Lean and Six Sigma Conference 2013
Sept. 23-25 in Atlanta

The only lean and Six Sigma conference created by engineers for engineers  


Your organization's success begins with you - and your success begins here! Get the latest innovations and techniques from lean and Six Sigma industry and research professionals at the IIE Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference 2013, co-sponsored by the IIE Lean Division and the Atlanta chapter of ASQ.

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More information and registration 

UpcomingwebinarUpcoming webinar
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Title: 7 Ways to Make an Impact - Lean in Construction
Date and Time: July 30, 2 p.m. Eastern 

Lauren Schroedter, Construction Management, Hanson Professional Services Inc. 
 Presented by Lean and co-hosted by Construction Division  
Irrespective of industry domain, we believe you will enjoy learning of the advances of lean in the construction world...principles that you may be able to relate to as you observe a construction site from a distance, hear about the next tallest building in the world or even while getting your own new real-estate/house.


Click here for webinar description, speaker bio and registration

"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential"

                                  -Winston Churchill

Click here to view members who have been recognized for their rewarding work for the IIE Lean Division!
JTAwardAwards Announcement: J T. and the late Carol S. Black Student Paper Competition

IIE Lean Division is pleased to announce the winners of the seventh Lean Student Paper Competition sponsored by J T. and the late Carol S. Black. The competition recognizes outstanding student papers in the field of lean research and practices.

BestPracticeAwards Announcement: Lean Best Practice Award

The Lean Division of IIE completed its third industry best practice award in May 2013. This award recognized organizations for their innovative and effective implementation of Lean principles and practices that delivered exemplary business performance improvement. The Lean Best Practice Award 2013 was a great success.


Click here for evaluation criteria, four finalists, and WINNERS

LeanTeachingAwards Announcement: Lean Teaching Award 

The Lean Division is pleased to announce that the winner of the IIE Lean Teaching Award for 2013 is Dr. Rupy Sawhney from the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Tennessee. Congratulations to Dr. Sawhney!


The IIE's Lean Division offers a number of awards to recognize the contribution of individuals to advancing the knowledge and practice of lean concepts. The Lean Division's Teaching Award is given out annually to honor the services of a person/group of people who have developed curriculum and disseminated courses in the subject area. Read more about the award.

LeandefinitionsFeatured Lean definitions

Confidence level: Probability that a particular value lies between an upper and a lower bound, the confidence limits.
Capability: A measure of the ability of an item to achieve mission objectives given the conditions during the mission.
Strategy: The decision rule used for making the choice from available courses of action.
AsktheexpertAsk the Expert: Lean
Work Imbalance

We are converting some processes to lean. We have a high manual labor content in our processes and all work is done with pneumatic guns. We have combined the following three processes: one person on the first process (with work-in-process in between), two people on the second process (with WIP in between), and two people on the third process. The new process is as follows: Two people complete the first and second process on one table (with no inventory in between), and two people complete the third process.

The new process is somewhat imbalanced, and the output is down about 20 percent since the change to lean. We are discussing putting a small length of conveyor between the processes or moving work content around to balance the tables. Any suggestions?

Lean energy 


What are the trade-offs between energy costs and lean manufacturing?  Answer

SubmitanarticleSubmit an Article
The Lean Division of the Institute of Industrial Engineers is continuously searching for new material to provide to its membership. If you would like to contribute and see your articles in the newsletter and on the website, please submit your article to Andres L. Carrano, director of the IIE Lean Newsletter at alceie@rit.edu.


Articles should be approximately three to four pages in length. It should be single-spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman and in Word format. Graphs, diagrams, pictures and charts can also be included. Please also include a two or three sentence biography; however, they must be in a separate file and saved as a .jpg file. Contact information can be included at your discretion.

We welcome your input. Please send submissions and feedback to Andres L. Carrano, Director of the Newsletter at
alceie@rit.edu. Please include "Lean e-Newsletter" in the subject line of your message.


In This Issue



Thank you for making IIE Annual 2013 a success!

IIE Engineering Lean and Six Sigma Conference 2013

Upcoming webinar



IIE Lean Teaching Award


Regular Features


Lean definitions


Ask the Expert

Submit an article





Lean Enterprise Master Practioner Certificate

An IIE certificate program


Lean Facilitator Certificate
A new IIE certificate program


Learn online with IIE's recorded webcasts


IIE Courses can be customized to meet your company's needs through IIE's Corporate Training Program.

Contact Larry Aft, P.E. (770) 349-1130