Inside Your Running Shoe

Could top quality products be within everyone’s reach?

Think how nice it would be if all the little defects inside your running shoes could be identified and eliminated before you buy them. No more rubbing, burning, itching, aching. This attention to design and quality control may soon become the norm even for ordinary consumer products. Lumafield has designed a CT scanner that enables engineers to see inside their products and identify problems and opportunities for improvement. Their product may not be […]

Hot off the Press: How a Book Is Made

There is something special about the look and feel of a printed book.

Before you hold that book in your hands, it goes through a long fabrication process in which creativity, art, technology, craftsmanship, and operations management come together. The interactive article describes and illustrates the steps of this fabrication process. It also details the quality control checks needed to ensure the quality and visual appeal of a commercially produced hardcover book.


Video Spotlight: How Are Books Made? […]

Annie’s Product Redesign: A Case for Ethics and Safety

Annie’s Homegrown organic Mac and Cheese products came under scrutiny because very small traces of phthalates were found in the dairy products and packaging it uses.  Other U.S. cheese products have faced similar findings.

Some research suggests that phthalates can be linked to problems with male fertility and the health of babies, including neurodevelopment and behavioral problems.  While the levels found are below the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA’s) thresholds for human consumption, Annie’s is nevertheless committed to continuing to review […]

Do Detailed Contracts Make for Better Supplier Relationships?

Building a strong relationship with suppliers is important, but in the event of questions or disagreements, we rely on the contract. Any supply chain contract should include these 5 key areas:

1) Protection of confidential information and defining ownership of intellectual property

2) Detailing quality and materials requirements

3) Protection of your intellectual property from counterfeits

4) Promotion of contractual performance

5) How to terminate the contract


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