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Bert Coursey
Marie Curie is perhaps the most famous woman of 20th-century science. Major films and best-selling biographies have chronicled her discovery of the radioactive elements polonium and radium, for...
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Lynne Oates
Internationally mobile employees play an increasingly important role in a globalized world. As technology develops and businesses expand into new markets, complex employment arrangements are in...
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Mike Richman
If there’s one thing that separates those who do things in an average way and those who do those same things in an extraordinary way, it’s passion. This sense of intense interest, excitement, and...
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Bill Kalmar
Our universe seems to be in a state of flux, discombobulation, and transmutation. Every day a new issue surfaces that boggles the mind. It could be a debate on the number of people at the...
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Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest
In this week's Quality Digest Live: Lean Ben Franklin... who knew? Could the root cause of some manmade catastrophes simply be a lack of basics like humility, integrity, communication, and positivity...
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Ryan E. Day
Coffeepots and tires. All products should be built like coffeepots and tires. Awash in a sea of disposable products, these two durable goods stand out as icons of heresy against designed...
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Randall Bell
This article is adapted from Me We Do Be: The Four Cornerstones of Success (Leadership Institute Press, 2017). It’s easy to forget the small things. Often, as people advance in their careers and in...
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Kevin Meyer
To many people, lean manufacturing was invented in Japan and is synonymous with the Toyota Production System (TPS). They will tell you that the TPS is the manufacturing philosophy that enabled...
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Joel Bradbury
One of the most important goals of lean manufacturing is the elimination of waste. Taiichi Ohno, father of the Toyota Production System (TPS), defined three categories of waste: mura, muri, and...
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Tom Middleton
Just inside the entrance to Thomas Edison’s winter home in Naples, Florida, is a bronze bust of Edison himself. The base of the sculpture reads: “There is a way to do it better—find it.” As an...
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AssurX
Quality management, always an FDA focus during inspections, could become even more important in 2017 as FDA priorities take shape. In December 2016, Director Janet Woodcock laid out some of the...
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Annette Franz
Have you adopted a decision-making process that works well for you? If you have, I’d love to hear about it. If not, read on. As a leader, your next best action is based on making a decision as to...
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NIST
Providing wireless communications in a factory, plant, or other industrial environment these days means more than just helping employees talk with each other while they work. By eliminating...
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Mike Richman
When we put together each episode of QDL, we strive to offer a balanced mix of topics that represents our weekly perspective on all things quality. Sometimes we hit, and sometimes we miss... but this...
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Donald J. Wheeler
The average and range chart handles most situations where the data can be logically organized into homogeneous subgroups. However, this chart breaks down when faced with a hierarchical data...
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Dan Jacob
This time last year, we identified what we felt were the three most important developing trends in quality management. We identified that these were the industrial internet of things (IIoT), pilots...
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Renishaw
Land Rover Ben Ainsile Racing (BAR) is no stranger to cutting-edge technologies. The British yacht racing team, formed by four-time Olympic gold medalist and America’s Cup winner Sir Ben Ainsile,...
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Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest
‘Made in the U.S.A.” Do people really care about those words on the label, and more important, how motivated are they to buy American-made products? The answer is yes... and sort of. Yes, consumers...
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Ann Chiaramonti Debay
I have worked with many valuable materials in my career. Precious metals like gold and platinum, rare engineered nanomaterials, and fragile gemstones nearly as old as the Earth itself. But the...
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Young Entrepreneur Council
When successful entrepreneurs speak, it is wise to listen. Here are 11 responses from 11 successful entrepreneurs who were asked, “What one piece of management advice do you rely on most, and why...