Industrial Engineering

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) offers industrial engineering services to help clients succeed in today's competitive environment. In a world of reengineering, downsizing, and tighter budgets, SwRI knows that efficiency is key to survival. Using Institute industrial engineering services, clients can:

  • Increase productivity and efficiency
  • Improve product quality
  • Improve manufacturing processes
  • Reduce operating costs and waste
  • Reduce manufacturing lead time

SwRI industrial engineering services include:

  • Process improvement
  • Production planning and inventory control
  • Master planning and facility layout
  • Process planning and reengineering
  • Process modeling and analysis
  • Manufacturing and distribution planning
  • Operations research and systems engineering
  • Supply chain engineering

Typical application areas include:

  • Manufacturing facilities
  • Warehouse operations
  • Distribution operations
  • Maintenance and repair facilities

Managing inventory is essential for reducing costs and lead time. Using a simulation model, SwRI industrial engineers assessed material flow and in-process storage for a maintenance facility. With the results, engineers developed a specification package for a storage, retrieval, and distribution system that included PC-based inventory control systems, radio frequency identification capabilities, and material-handling equipment.



Institute staff work closely with manufacturers to increase their competitiveness through process improvements. SwRI engineers assisted a small cosmetics company in implementing a new quality station to reduce waste.


This brochure was published in November 1996. For more information on industrial engineering, contact Bill Rafferty, Phone (210) 522-5865, Fax (210) 522-5885, Automation and Data Systems Division, Southwest Research Institute, P.O. Drawer 28510, San Antonio, Texas 78228-0510.

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