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Industrial Resource Utilization and Productivity

Book Description

This new compendium of recent advances in the use of modern technology and management concepts-- from distributed virtual manufacturing enterprises to integrating green technology in a cost-effective manner to materials and energy savingswill offer engineers and technical managers the needed insight to plan for future growth and success. Greater utilization and availability of resources in the workplace are directly related to better design and better engineering in the manufacturing economy. The book will explore how energy-efficient smart materials and structures hold tremendous potential for realizing cost savings and improving energy use in the modern industrial workplace. It will also show how industrial engineers have developed a variety of analytical and computer-based tools and technologies for planning, forecasting and scheduling resources including time, labor, and more recently, energy. Readers will also find: -- New trends in "i-Manufacturing" -- Finding optimal ways to distribute goods and services -- Human Resources Management in the context of efficient manufacturing -- Resources Planning, Forecasting and Scheduling -- Distribution, Logistics and Supply Chain Optimization -- Green Design and Manufacturing.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Preface
  8. Part I. Energy
    1. Chapter 1. Sustainability and the Challenge of Going Green
  9. Part II. Materials
    1. Chapter 2. Enhancing Resource Utilization Through the Development of a Disassembly Algorithm
    2. Chapter 3. Enhancing Durability of Concrete Bridge Decks by Using Industrial By-Products as Mineral Admixtures
  10. Part III. Equipment and Maintenance
    1. Chapter 4. Resource Utilization Enhancement and Optimization Through Designing Equipment for Ease of Maintenance
    2. Chapter 5. An Optimization Approach to Maximize Service Quality Subject to a Given Resource Level for Highway Infrastructure Maintenance
  11. Part IV. Humans
    1. Chapter 6. Humans and Technologies in Symbiotic Relationships: A Joint Optimization Framework for Enhancing Effectiveness
    2. Chapter 7. Work System Design Using ISO Standard and Ecological Approaches to Enhancing Effectiveness of Human Resources Management
    3. Chapter 8. Allocation of Nursing Workforce in Hospital Wards With Mixed Patient Needs
  12. Part V. Techniques
    1. Chapter 9. Selection of the Best Model Fitted by Linear Regression With a Multiattribute Focus
    2. Chapter 10. Using Spline for Demand Forecasting
    3. Chapter 11. Maintenance Data Management: Acquiring and Creating Knowledge for Maintenance Activities
    4. Chapter 12. Shelf Management in Apparel Industry
    5. Chapter 13. Productivity Improvements in Resource-Constrained Environments: A Systematic Framework
    6. Chapter 14. Implementation of Lean Sigma Methodology for Minimizing Waste of Natural Resources
  13. Index