• Escape Velocity: Lift Overcomes Gravity – Part 1 of 2

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Oct 24, 2014
    “Lift is a mechanical force generated by a solid object moving through a fluid.” There’s a tremendous amount of information in the simplified illustration above.  The four terms in the image (listed in my own sequence below) are the basis of all aerodynamic science: 1. Weight 2. Thrust 3. Drag 4. Lift Can you read the little story in the sequence? We begin with a very heavy object, sitting there. Now, we give it forward thrust and it’s rolling on the ground. Drag...
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  • Escape Velocity: Lift Overcomes Gravity – Part 1 of 2

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Oct 24, 2014
    “Lift is a mechanical force generated by a solid object moving through a fluid.” There’s a tremendous amount of information in the simplified illustration above.  The four terms in the image (listed in my own sequence below) are the basis of all aerodynamic science: 1. Weight 2. Thrust 3. Drag 4. Lift Can you read the little story in the sequence? We begin with a very heavy object, sitting there. Now, we give it forward thrust and it’s rolling on the ground. Drag...
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  • Throwback Thursday - The Gemba Beyond the Window, Part 3 of 3

    by Joseph Paris | Oct 23, 2014
    Waste and inefficiency are not all you can find on a simple journey to Gemba. You can also spot safety hazards (both situational and behavioral) that have gone unchecked, and it’s only dumb luck that you have not already suffered a loss because of them. For instance: Are there any combustibles near a flame or heat source? Are there any hazardous materials unnecessarily exposed? How about the stacking of product; is it about to topple over? Those wires over there, they seem to be stripped...
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  • Can Transportation Guys Do Supply Chain?

    by Nico Scopelliti | Oct 22, 2014
    "You're just a transportation guy. You can't do logistics, much less supply chain." I mentioned last week that a new friend of mine is currently in the job market, looking to transition his expertise in intermodal carriers to the shipper side of the business. Along the way, however, he's encountered resistance from potential employers who believe he's been typecast in the transportation role. Logistics and supply chain, they claim, are beyond a transportation guy’s professional skill-set....
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  • Are You Taking Notes? - Follow Through

    by David Schneider | Oct 21, 2014
    The e-mail is staring you in the face. It is mocking you. No, worse than mocking you; it is screaming that you are incompetent. There is an e-mail is from your boss. He is asking for a report about the shipment that left the building yesterday. But that is not the e-mail screaming at you. The e-mail doing the screaming about your incompetence is one that you wrote yourself. There is a problem. You gave instructions to get the shipment out the door. You sent the e-mail to the shipping manager to...
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  • Are You Taking Notes? - Focus

    by David Schneider | Oct 20, 2014
    FOCUS - fo·cus/ˈfōkəs/ Noun: The center of interest or activity. Verb:  To bring to a focus or into focus; to concentrate; to adapt to the prevailing level of light and become able to see clearly; to become focused. One thing is common to all failed operations: a lack of focus on the inherent simplicity of the problem. The problem is not that people are stupid. I myself have overlooked the inherent simplicity of many problems, tied up in unnecessarily complex operations, the...
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  • Escape Velocity: No Steps Skipped…in either Direction…EVER!

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Oct 17, 2014
    A clean, fluid sweep of mind both forward and backward – with NO steps skipped – is the basis of all true performance power. There’s a map we can build, slightly zooming out from the picture above.  To our right, just a bit, there’s one bank of the River Wharfe.  That’s where our umbrella carrying hero was.  We’ll call that The Before-side.  To our left, hopefully not too very far away, is the other bank, and that’s where our hero...
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  • Throwback Thursday - The Gemba Beyond the Window, Part 2 of 3

    by Joseph Paris | Oct 16, 2014
    I once went to a manufacturer of computer cabinets and racks—the kind you see in pictures of server farms. The owner was very proud of his facility, and on the surface it looked like there was a proper degree of order. But when I looked on the floor, I saw parts lying about—and parts is inventory. I also saw hand tools such as screwdrivers and drill-bits on the floor. When I questioned the owner, he didn’t seem to think it was a big deal. I began to take a tally of the...
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