Engineering professor to discuss history of industrial production systems

Published: Jun 15, 2009 2:08:00 PM
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Auburn University's Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering will continue its summer seminar series on Tuesday, June 16, at 3 p.m. in 3210 Shelby Center. Professor emeritus J T. Black will present "The Lean Engineer," which refers to a new lean production system used by the Toyota-style industrial engineer.

Black will discuss the history of industrial engineering and factory design, beginning with a time when skilled craftsmen made tools by hand. He will follow the industry's evolution through water-powered factories, job shops, the Ford production system and flow shops, as well as the first emergence of industrial engineers in 1913. Black's seminar will touch on the factory design developed by Taiichi Ohno and the Toyota Motor Company. This lean production system produces goods in small volumes with superior quality and low unit cost.

Contributed by Cassity Hughes