Best Value at Airport Security: TSA PreCheck, Clear, or Regular Line?

Which line to choose? There is no easy answer.

We all wish we could skip airport security lines. Yet, they are a necessity. Passengers now have several options to make the experience less “painful,” but these options have themselves become paint points. People pay a fee for TSA PreCheck and an even higher fee for Clear (see earlier post). Recently, the benefits offered by these two programs have become less obvious for passengers with high expectations. Knowledge of […]

US Coal Fields Potential Sources of Rare Earth Minerals

The US Department of Energy is offering $32 million in funding for the production of rare earth and critical minerals, mainly cobalt and lithium, from coal-based sources to reduce dependency on China and other countries.

The funds come from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which aims to build mineral processing sites across the US, enabling more control of supply and pricing.  Money from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law may be used for engineering analyses, design studies, development of facilities for domestic production and refining […]

What’s Causing Apple’s Reduction in Vision Pro Production?

Apple has cut production of its Vision Pro headset by 60% due to hardware supply chain constraints and design issues.

The two main reasons given for lowering headset production from one million, to 400,000 units: 1) the complexity of the headset design, and 2) the inability for its supplier, Sony, to increase production of two key headset components.


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The Strategic Importance of Effective Capacity Management

The adage goes that effective (and efficient) supply chain management extends from “a supplier’s supplier to a customer’s customers.

Manufacturers are all rushing to “win” the race to electric automobiles. With this comes literally thousands of new and unique parts, of which suppliers may not have the production and/or engineering capacity to meet.

According to Opsahl, “The capacity of a supplier to launch new stuff…isn’t so much dependent on machine tools and production capacity as it is on human […]

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