Manufacturing Journalist TR Cutler Discusses How Technology Helps Optimize Scheduling and Workforce in the Engineer-to-Order Space

Manufacturing journalist, Thomas R. Cutler, discussed how technology helps optimize scheduling and workforce in the engineer-to-order space. The article was published in Industrial Engineering by BINUS University.

According to Cutler, industrial engineers work to optimize complex processes, systems or organizations by eliminating waste, improving quality and productivity, integrating systems and supporting operations management.

The profession has evolved into a hard discipline where data can be recalled at any time and decision-making can be improved through the use of models and simulations. The technology evolution referred to by many monikers, including Industry 4.0, big data and the IIoT (industrial internet of things), is giving industrial engineers the ability to analyze and optimize complex systems throughout an organization. The field also has become more specialized over the years, much like mechanical engineering in the earlier 20th century. Industrial engineering offers several sub-specialties, such as human factors, which includes ergonomics, job design and labor psychology, and systems engineering. Now it is common for industrial engineers to work on planning systems, supply chains, accounting systems and organizational policies. The best lean initiative teams in the manufacturing sector almost always have an industrial engineer as a change agent on the team.

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About TR Cutler, Inc. 

TR Cutler, Inc. was founded nearly twenty years ago by Thomas R. Cutler. Cutler is the President and CEO of Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based, TR Cutler, Inc., (, the largest manufacturing communication firm worldwide with four dozen industry experts and thought leaders on staff. Cutler maintains extraordinary relationships with clients, journalists, editors, economists, trendsetters, and key business leaders worldwide and has become a key resource for those writing about the manufacturing sector. Cutler founded the Manufacturing Media Consortium in 1999, which now has more than 6,000 global members including journalists, editors, publishers, and economists, worldwide writing about trends, industrial data, manufacturing case studies, material handling profiles, and robotics feature articles. Cutler works with thousands of media outlets to expand the coverage and importance of the manufacturing media coverage.

Cutler has authored more than 6,000 articles for a wide range of manufacturing periodicals, industrial publications, and business journals each published in leading monthly trade magazines, B2B periodicals, blogs, and marquis publications globally. Cutler is the most published freelance industrial journalist worldwide, and more than 3500 industry leaders follow Cutler on Twitter daily at @ThomasRCutler. 

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