Amusement Park Preventive Maintenance Reduces Costs of Quality

Carowinds Amusement Park in North Carolina performs regular preventive maintenance on its trains and coaches during the off-season.

Maintaining safe rides is a key issue for amusement parks. The potentially high costs of breakdown, in terms of injury or loss of life, make avoiding them a top priority.  Despite this, however, breakdowns can still occur. When they do, the consequences can range from ride downtime to loss of reputation to injury or death for the riders.

Ride safety, however, is extremely high […]

By |2024-06-16T04:32:20+00:00June 16, 2024|Tags: , , |

Tesla’s Cybertruck Recall

Tesla’s first pickup truck—the Cybertruck—has had its share of production issues.

It was two years late for its release in November 2023, and has also required several software updates.

The continuing issues have now escalated to a recall for just under 4,000 trucks, including any vehicles produced between November 13, 2023, and April 4, 2024.

The problem is with the accelerator pedal. The pad on the pedal can be dislodged and become stuck in the trim resulting in the engine stuck at high […]

Video Spotlight: Lean 5S In Healthcare

5S is a valuable tool in lean management to assist in managing quality, and to seek root cause(s) of quality issues.

The 5S Animated WOD video gives an overview of the 5S process. The Lean 5S in MSICU video provides a look at how 5S was implemented in a Canadian hospital’s supply area.


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By |2024-05-19T02:45:37+00:00May 15, 2024|Tags: , , , |

Shrinkflation Grabs National Attention

Shrinkflation is a well-established practice of shrinking the amount of product in a package while maintaining the price, which increases the price per unit.

This tactic has been used by many food producers, and other industries as well. However, the practice has recently come under attack by many, including U.S. President Joe Biden.

Recent examples of shrinkflation include Gatorade reducing its drink size by 12%. Double-Stuffed Oreos now weigh 6% less. Some particularly interesting examples are Darigold Milk reducing the size of […]

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