Volume 8, Issue 1

One Software Solution for Data Transfer Between Client and Server with Emphasis on Saving Memory and CPU Usage (pp. 1-8)

Munir Šabanović, Muzafer Saračević,Emruš Azizović

The paper analyzes the memory usage and consumption of processor time when the user interacts with the application. We have analyzed the workload of the processor depending on the number of loaded data for different technologies of transfer (AMF, JSON or XML) from the server to the client. Apart from that, we have analyzed the occupation of memory depending on the number of loaded data and instantiated objects, the percentage of availability of memory that the class instances occupy. The change in the memory occupation is displayed graphically and numerically.

 

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Application of Strategic Planning Methodology in Seven Brazilian Preincubated Enterprises in a Technological Innovation Center (TIC) (pp. 9-19)

Nelson Santos Machado, Darlan José Roman, Renata Ziger, Fabiana Ficagna

The general objective of this study was the application of the Strategic Planning Methodology in seven preincubated enterprises in the Technological Innovation Center (TIC) of Unoesc Chapecó, SC. The specific aims were: to prepare the strategic planning for the seven enterprises linked to Pre-incubator of the TIC from Unoesc Chapecó; to adjust the methodology to the characteristics and needs of young enterprises; to apply the methodology as a learning process and complement it with consultancies that enable to figure strategies and endow the enterprises with conditions to take advantage of them; to evaluate critically the adequacy of the methodology applied to the characteristics of the preincubated enterprises; and to propose improvements in the methodology, aiming to further broaden its applicability in small and medium-sized businesses. The methodological procedures followed qualitative approach with the multiple case study design and with the research-action method, which makes the collection processes and data analysis simultaneous. The results indicate that the methodology was appropriate to be applied to young enterprises simultaneously and collectively, for encouraging the participation, integration, high learning and the formation of collaborative network, and for attaching the process of strategies formulation to the consulting one, which focuses on the strategic management. This way, it is possible to assert that the outlined objectives were fully achieved.

 

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From Concept to the Introduction of Industry 4.0 (pp. 21-30)

Marina Crnjac, Ivica Veža, Nikola Banduka

 Industry 4.0 is very popular topic today because of its big influence on manufacturing. Industry 4.0 is focused on creating “smart” environment within production system. Several priority areas of action, in order to get closer to the state of Industry 4.0. are shown. There are also the most important changes, that will occur in the manufacturing operations and information technology. Some leading manufacturers of technology for Industry 4.0 are presented. Many papers explore new business concepts and strategies for adaption to new industrial revolution. This paper provides an overview of several concepts and strategies. Different strategies and concepts selected from literature arecompared in order to detect the areas that are not covered.

 

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In search of Six Sigma in Portuguese SMEs (pp. 31-38)

 Luis Miguel Ciravegna Martins da Fonseca

This exploratory research aims to study the reasons for the low implementation level of Six Sigma within Portuguese Small and Medium Enterprises. The results suggest that ISO 9001 certification, and Lean Management, are still regarded as enough for company success. The descriptive analysis and the statistical tests performed led to the conclusion that there are no significant differences for the motivations not to implement Six Sigma between small and medium companies. The qualitative research with focus groups highlighted that SMEs aiming for fast improvement results focus more on Lean Management and Kaizen, by using Five S methodology, visual management at shop floor level and basic quality tools. However, there are different views concerning Six Sigma applicability and value for SMEs, suggesting the need for further in depth research. Within this context, the edition of ISO 9001:2015 International Standard with an increased emphasis on process approach and the achievement of the quality management system objectives is a relevant opportunity for using Six Sigma to streamline processes and enhance customer satisfaction and business results.

 

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An Empirical Study of Industrial Engineering Curriculum (pp. 39-45)

 Ammar Aamer, Bradley Greene, Chad Toney

The purpose of this paper is to identify current and future Industrial Engineering (IE) trends in graduate-level course curriculum. Top ten US industrial engineering schools were benchmarked, as indicated by US News and World Report. Different IE topics were categorized into several categories- Engineering Economics, Human Factors, Information Technology, Manufacturing Processes, Manufacturing Systems, Operations Research, Quality Control, Simulation, Statistics, and Integration of subject areas. The study of the Top Ten Graduate Programs in Industrial Engineering, according to US News and World Report, showed that these schools are focusing on Manufacturing Systems and how the other tools of Industrial Engineering relate to manufacturing. The implication of this study is that teaching methods should reflect the emphasis on Manufacturing Systems and incorporate real world problems.

 

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