Industrial Engineering(IE) is concerned with the analysis, design, improvement, installation and management of integrated systems of human resources, finances, materials, equipment, energy and information and the synergy between them.
It draws upon specialised knowledge and skills in the mathematical, physical, physiological, social and computer sciences together with the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design to specify, predict and evaluate the results to be obtained from such systems and measure achievement.
Industrial Engineering is that aspect of Engineering devoted to getting the best results from available resources, provided always that quality and human satisfaction are met.
Traditional analysis tools of Industrial Engineering include:-
Time and Motion Study
Operations Research Techniques
Critical Path Analysis
Project Evaluation and Review Techniques
Business Process Re-Engineering
Other aids that are now used by Industrial Engineers include:-
Just In Time(JIT)
Continuous Improvement Methods
Computer Aided Design(CAD)
Computer Aided Manufacturing(CAM)
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle(UAV) Solutions
3D Printing solutions
Lean Manufacturing(6 Sigma)
It should be noted that the Lean Manufacturing/6 Sigma processes are aspects of IE. They draw on the concepts of identifying, focusing, quantifying, analysing, improving, organising and achieving improvements in various business processes by re-engineering.