Thursday, August 2, 2007

Sponsored Case Studies IIE

Sponsored Case Studies
Get your answers right here. Explaining leading-edge technologies, exploring emerging trends, and illustrating cost-effective strategies, these case studies are an excellent source for gaining insight and setting benchmarks.

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These case studies are not selected or reviewed by IIE staff or volunteers. They are provided by advertisers as a way to share information with industrial engineers, managers, and other professionals involved in enhancing productivity, improving quality, and increasing efficiency.

Case Studies
DESA: Getting the Job Done Faster
Sponsored by the University of Kentucky-Center for Manufacturing-Lexington Ky
Desa is a leading international manufacturing firm with divisions in Germany, Poland, Italy, Mexico, England, and the U.S. Formed in 1969 by absorbing Remington Arms’ chainsaw operations in Chicago, the company acquired Koehring Corporation’s portable outdoor kerosene forced air heater operation in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1981.

Operations Concepts, Inc. (OCI) Automates Production and Improves Distribution for International HVAC Company
Sponsored by OCI
With six manufacturing facilities in the northeastern United States and Canada, a leading international supplier of heating and cooling products formed a relationship with Operations Concepts, Inc. (OCI) to help consolidate operations. OCI used its proven four-phase approach to achieve the client’s goals, providing excellent short-term and long-term savings.

Eye on the Road
Sponsored by H.B. Maynard and Co., Inc.
As most businesses expand, they are quick to show off their plans and enjoy the hype that goes with it. However, when Toyo Tires decided to build its first North American manufacturing facility in 2005, it took a slightly different approach. Not only did the firm appropriately deal with the excitement of preparing a production facility, it also embraced a true big picture perspective. Essentially, Toyo took the time to fully consider the many details that will take place after the facility opens.

Cutting Waste Generates Uniform Benefits for Apparel Firm
Sponsored by Preactor International
As leading innovators in the design and manufacture of uniforms, in addition to providing equipment and supplies for pageantry groups, Fred J. Millers cutomers include marching bands for high schools and colleges, drum corps, color guards, majorette and baton corps, and dance lines. When it came to sourcing a scheduling solution that could cope with the requirements of the manufacturing firm, Preactor International was the only solution that measured up to the task.

Bi-Lo & Maynard Partner to Set the Standard for Grocery Chains
Sponsored by H.B. Maynard and Co., Inc.
BI-LO, LLC is a leading grocery store chain operating in the southeastern part of the United States, with stores in Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee, among other states. Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina with stores under the BI-LO and Bruno's banners, the company operates more than 300 stores.

A New Model
Sponsored by Micro Analysis & Design
Simulation lets health care professionals evaluate different ideas and ask what-if questions about alternative methods of meeting demands using a variety of resources prior to implementation. These professionals must continue to find ways to become more efficient and effective to keep up with varying patient needs while continuing to re-evaluate their facility planning. MA&D helped create a successful model of a client's obstetric staffing and bed needs.

Beyond the Stopwatch
Sponsored by Laubrass
The Continuous Improvement Department at a leading truck manufacturing plant is seeing results from their Kaizen-related efforts. As part of their improvement project, they needed to know precisely how long each of the assembly stations were taking to perform each task. Plant officials decided they needed a better way than the traditional stopwatch method to perform their work measurement studies.

Optimizing Customer Service
Sponsored by Quetech Ltd.
Providing less-than-acceptable levels of customer service in today's highly competitive retail environment is a formula for failure. A very interesting fact that we find across the industry, however, is that despite all of the customer service-related investment, most retailers have little or no idea regarding the number of hours they should schedule in their stores on a week-to-week basis (much less a daily or hourly basis) specifically targeted at customer service.

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