Archive for 'Industrial and Systems Engineering'

New simulator puts UW-Madison on the map for driving research

Posted on 21. Jun, 2011 by .

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There’s only one place in Wisconsin where a driver can send text messages, speed or engage in other risky behaviors with no risk of an accident: the new UW-Madison Driving Simulation Laboratory. Drivers not only are certain to survive the experience, but the consequences of their actions could be safer vehicles and roads around the [...]

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Get the skinny on lean

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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After 10 years of working with various manufacturing firms, Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Leyuan Shi has produced a software tool that will help manufacturers implement quantitative management strategies for significant results. Shi, an optimization expert, says quantitative management is about matching tasks, such as custom orders, with available resources, such as idle machines. She [...]

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CQPI: Celebrating 25 years of quality research

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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The offices of the Center for Quality and Productivity (CQPI) are housed in the UW-Madison Engineering Centers Building, but the center’s real work happens in hospitals, intensive care units, nursing stations and other healthcare settings around the country. Founded in 1985 by Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Emeritus George E.P. Box and the late Professor [...]

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Manufacturing a bright future

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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In the early 2000s, Milwaukee-based Phoenix Products was facing a host of challenges, including increasingly slow deliveries to customers,out-of-control inventory and high employee turnover. By 2004, the issues had reached a crescendo for the special-purpose lighting equipment manufacturer. “We had been running overtime every Saturday for a year and a half,” recalls Phoenix Chief Executive [...]

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