i will upload 2 files, first one the instruction of the assignment,and the second other information with example.please follow the rules the professor he will take from the assignment grade if i didn’t follow it..try to use basic words much you can.open the first file then go to the last page, my name is on number 13 that to be sure my subject is about supply chain managementthe grade of this assignment 10% from the total..thank you


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Research Assignment #2 Literature Critique (Due on Friday, 2/17/17 by
4:00 pm via Bb only)
Write a one-page literature critique on the individually assigned IE topic
shown in the table below. You must use TWO peer-reviewed refereed
journal articles for this assignment.
Submission Instructions:
You must submit the literature critique in MS Word .doc or .docx file format
only as well as the two .pdf files of your two peer-reviewed refereed journal
articles any time BEFORE and UP TO the final due date and time via Bb
Formatting Instructions:
The literature critique is a brief summary of two articles from ‘peerreviewed refereed’ journals. Critiques must be word-processed, single
spaced, and one full complete page in full justification form. Also, you must
have a margin size of 1.00 inch on all sides (i.e., where the top, left and
rights sides are even) of your submitted assignment. Occasionally, your
article may not fully reach the bottom margin due to the writing of your
critique; thus, if this occurs, you must not leave more than a 1.5” margin at
the bottom in any case. If necessary, write a longer summary! The only
accepted font size must be 12 pt and Times New Roman font type is
required. The paper should contain 4-5 well-written paragraphs with proper
grammar and spelling. In the final paragraph, briefly discuss something
from the article that really impressed you. Only the last paragraph can be
written from the first person point of view, but not in any other location of
the literature critique should 1st or 3rd person be used (i.e., do not use ‘we’,
‘you’, ‘I’, etc.). When using direct information from either article, be certain
to use the proper APA in-text citation format ‘(Author, year)’. For rules
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regarding multiple authors, please refer to the appropriate websites indicated
At the top of the second page, please write the following information:
Name: John Doe (but please use your name here)
Class: IEGR 204.00x (where x is your section – 1 or 2)
Date: 2/15/17 (put the submission date here)
Assignment Name: (Put your IE topic here)
Two proper APA bibliographic citation references MUST be used for this
paper. These references should also appear on the second page of the paper
below the ‘Assignment Name’. which lists the two peer-reviewed refereed
references only. Although many reference styles exist, the only style that
will be accepted in this class is the APA-style. The general format is shown
First Author’s Last Name, First Initial. Middle Initial., & Second Author’s
Last Name, First Initial. Middle Initial. (year of publication). Title of the
article where only the first letter of the first word in title or sub-title as well
as proper nouns and acronyms are capitalized. Name of Journal in Italics,
volume in italics (issue number in parenthesis and not in italics if known),
first page number-last page number.
Pay very close attention to the details of the APA citation format (such as
the location of periods, commas, use of italics, etc.)
Sample citation with two authors:
Pitts, Jr., R.A., & Ventura, J.A. (2009). Scheduling manufacturing cells
using Tabu Search. International Journal of Production Research, 47(24),
Sample citation with >2 authors:
Jerald, J., Asokan, P., Prabaharan, G., & Saravanan, R. (2005). Scheduling
optimization of flexible manufacturing systems using particle swarm
optimization algorithm. International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing
Technology, 25(1), 964-971.
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REMEMBER: If more than 2 authors have written the article, ALL authors’
names must be listed in the bibliographical reference as in the example
For many more examples, please refer to the Purdue OWL website at
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/06/ and click the
appropriate “Reference List” item on the left column for the type of source
you are using.
For additional referencing help, see the APA Style website and click on the
tutorial at http://www.apastyle.org/learn/tutorials/basics-tutorial.aspx
Acceptable Journals – Refereed (examples – this is not an exhaustive list):
International Journal of Production Research
The Engineering Economist
International Journal of Economics
IIE Transactions
Journal of Engineering Education
Journal of Operations Research
Management Science
Operations Research
European Journal of Operations Research
Computers and Operations Research
Journal of Manufacturing Systems
International Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems
International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing
International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
Modern Materials Handling
Production Planning and Control
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Research Assignment #2 Topics for IEGR 204.001:
Computer Programming
Human Factors Engineering
Ergonomic Design (of workplace/products)
Quality Control & Reliability
Regression & Forecasting
Probability & Statistical Analysis
Project Management
Production Planning & Control
Operations Management
Supply Chain Management
Operations Research
Sequencing & Scheduling
Parts/Product Routing
Material Handling Systems
Computer-Aided Design
Computer-Aided Manufacturing
Engineering Economy
Energy Systems
Materials Engineering
Engineering Management
Manufacturing Processes
Additive Manufacturing (3-D printing)
Healthcare Systems
Flexible Manufacturing Systems
Industrial Safety
Facilities/Plant Layout
Virtual Manufacturing
Waste & Environment Management
Data Mining/Big Data
Bryant, TyQuan
Cooper, Kortney
Bond, Avangela
Alqarni, Turki
Joseph, Halim
Labik, Ondrej
Blackson, Jasmine
Abatan, Ester
Hite, Cole
Alajmi, Meshal
Cole, Kenneth
Luna, Jovan
Alsharif, Abdulaziz
Alkandari, Abdulraheem
Fergusson-Will, Matthew
Smith, Mikenzhie
Molock, Kaylah
Omojola, Adedamola
Orelaja, Samuel
Richards, Renford
Almashan, Omar
Heard, Bobbi
Alanazi, Turki
Tobash, Jonathan
Alhajeri, Khalefah
Long, William
Edmunds, Charles
Ngock-Ndjami, Donatos
Alardhawy, Omar
Townsend, Mikal
Ben Salama, Ahmad
Ogunduyilemi, Temitayo
Alqallaf, Hussain
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Created on 2/17/16 and last updated on 2/18/2016 by Dr. Richard Pitts, Jr.
Additional Notes for Writing a Literature Critique
Get your Bear Necessity Card (BNC) activated at the library (or on-line) if you need off-campus
access to the research databases! The number located on the back of your BNC (i.e., between the
two letters on each end) needs to get activated in order to gain access to many research databases
and tools. This is only necessary when you need to use the MSU library research resources when
off-campus. Take care of this at the main library desk if necessary ASAP.
As discussed by Mr. Iweha on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, you must retrieve recent (i.e.,
2007– 2017) refereed peer-reviewed journal articles related to some area of Industrial
Engineering (i.e., specifically, the topic assigned to you in the table from Research Assignment
#2 on the last page)
NOTE: Again, a “refereed” peer-reviewed journal article is one which has gone through a review
process of referees/judges and usually contains an abstract, introduction, methodology, results,
conclusions, and references. Normally, it also contains a few math equations, figures, tables, etc.
For the articles you will seek for this assignment, the author(s) should be showing/discussing
how they used ‘your IE topic area’ for solving some form of industrial engineering-related
problem (or from another engineering field if necessary). If you are not certain, ask someone
(e.g., a classmate or upper-classman, or your professor)!
Webpage articles (i.e., those from Google, Wikipedia, or other websites), encyclopedia &
magazine articles, book chapters or book excerpts are NOT acceptable. However, the use of
Google Scholar and other sites which contain refereed journal articles are acceptable.
Each student must try to use different articles for this assignment. Any students who submit
plagiarized literature critiques (from either past or current students) will receive 0% for
the assignment.
SafeAssign (the Bb plagiarism checking tool) will be active for this assignment
Follow the instructions very carefully on the assignment on how to format a literature critique
An actual ‘properly formatted’ sample literature critique (for a single article) follows, but
remember…you must get two articles for your literature critique research assignment.
cont’d on next page
The research by Garetti, Pozzetti, & Tavecchio (1996) discusses the complex scheduling problem faced
during surface mount technology (SMT) electronic circuit boards assembly. Developing a good
production schedule can increase the performance of the entire production system. Thus, this paper
examines the results of research carried out for the development of a production planning system for
managing SMT assembly lines with variable printed circuit board (PCB) mixes.
The model was set up based on a predetermined production load to meet the requirements of a weekly
production plan, using only automatic component-inserting machines. The production system is made
up of identical machines working in parallel with only one routing for each board. The assembly times
varied according to the board types and the set up time is calculated as “the time required by the
operator to place all component types on the feeders.” It is clear that this scheduling problem contains a
sequencing problem within it; and it has both deterministic and non-deterministic portions as well. The
major focus of the system aims at minimizing the makespan (i.e., the completion time of a task, part,
product, or a batch of tasks/parts/products) for the assigned production.
In order to achieve the minimization of the makespan, the setup and idle times of the bottleneck machine
has to be reduced. Reduction of setup time occurred by developing PCB mixes that could be produced
without any need for setup. This meant that a setup was only necessary when changing over from one
‘no setup mix’ (NS mix) to another. After assuming that the bottleneck machine type (machine type
with the highest workload) for the NS mix was the same as the one for the whole examined period, the
limitation of idle time on this bottleneck machine type became the next task of importance.
There are 2 consecutive steps in the scheduling system: 1) generation (i.e., initial creation) of NS mixes
and 2) sequencing (i.e., the ordering of tasks) of NS mixes. The generation of the NS mixes can be
achieved by either maximization of machine productivity or minimization of machine setups.
Sequencing of NS mixes can be achieved by minimizing the maximum operating time for the machine
or minimizing the setup time of the system.
The research by Garetti et al. (1996) states that the generation of the NS mixes was divided into three
modules: generation of the feasible mixes, determination of the optimum quantities for each feasible
mix, and choice of the no setup mixes. At the end of this phase, the mixes that share all electronic
components on all the machine types and those mixes that could be produced simultaneously (while
fulfilling the constraint forced by the limited machine component-storage capacity) were now grouped
together. Next, the scheduling procedure forms a number of sequences equal to the number of NS mixes
to define a possible starting point. Then, the best sequence is chosen.
What really impressed me about the research by Garetti et al. (1996) was how they used various
minimization techniques to actually achieve a reduced makespan for this complex PCB assembly
problem. After realizing the scheduling problem would be too time-consuming to do in the traditional
manner, they developed a heuristic procedure to achieve the main goal (by first achieving several subgoals along the way); and they were successful at it. Another thing that impressed me was how they
clearly illustrated an application example, which highlighted the behavior of the scheduling system at
the end of the article. Overall, it was a really interesting article that was thoroughly written, and the
article was very clear and concise with the concepts regarding the scheduling problem faced with SMT
PCB assembly.
Name: Richard A. Pitts, Jr.
Class: IEGR 204
Date Due: February 17, 2017
Assignment Name: Research Assignment #2
Garetti, M., Pozzetti, A., & Tavecchio, R. (1996). Production scheduling in SMT electronic boards assembly.
Production Planning and Control, 7 (2), 197-204.
OK, this is what needs to be done IEGR 204 students!
If you have any additional questions, please ask BEFORE the assignment is submitted…not
Created on February 11, 2017 and last updated on February 11, 2017 by Dr. Richard Pitts, Jr.

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