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I would like to know what industrial engineers use for planning and developing a process:

  • What is the most widely business analysis modeling language used (Think of it as the stage consisting of 'How the product is intended to be?')? (Before the process)
  • What is the type of software and what are the methods used for managing the process? (Within the process)
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    $\begingroup$ An engineer is someone who can do for 10 bucks what someone else spends 100 on, but you have to watch the engineer as they will then spend 1000 on improvements ... $\endgroup$ – Solar Mike Oct 28 '17 at 11:20
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    $\begingroup$ This may vary by specific product, but most of the time, mechanical engineers are not modeling the relation between the user and the product at all. I feel like that would be more of an industrial designer's job. $\endgroup$ – Daniel K Oct 28 '17 at 22:42
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    $\begingroup$ Most manufacturing plants use JIT - well JTFL is also used... $\endgroup$ – Solar Mike Oct 30 '17 at 11:07
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    $\begingroup$ in terms of business, JIT is partly about reducing stock levels - check it out... $\endgroup$ – Solar Mike Oct 30 '17 at 11:17
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    $\begingroup$ you can model a business in excel - just depends what data you have and what you want : the solver is fantastically powerful... $\endgroup$ – Solar Mike Nov 1 '17 at 11:09
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SysML is a good choice when it comes to modeling use cases and understanding systematic approach (business modeling), in a generic industrial context.

SQL is used to mine business data. R is great for analysis and simulation. VBA has good portability when coupled with Excel.

PDM software is good for setting up a document control process. Checking files into a database, monitoring revisions, and controlling the approval process, of BOM's (bill of materials) (Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)).

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  • $\begingroup$ I added a paragraph to address your modelling concerns. $\endgroup$ – Derkooh Nov 1 '17 at 13:12
  • $\begingroup$ ok thanks for the update. Sounds more clear now. $\endgroup$ – user6039980 Nov 1 '17 at 13:36
  • $\begingroup$ What's the advantage of these math/statistical tools compared to SysML? $\endgroup$ – user6039980 Nov 1 '17 at 13:42
  • $\begingroup$ What methodologies need to be involved within the process? $\endgroup$ – user6039980 Nov 1 '17 at 13:45
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    $\begingroup$ OP is talking of more early stage of modeling than you are, like before final architecture or even what the thing would do. Sysml does not really aim to be a calculation model altough it can be used that way, more like a formalized way to to abtractions of your ideas. $\endgroup$ – joojaa Nov 1 '17 at 16:33

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