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

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Oct 31, 2014
    Rest, stasis is a force.  It takes an opposing force to compel a static, resting object into motion.  Things as they are will stay as they are until changed. Why is it that the moment we start studying “simple” physics, our everyday minds instantly become confused?  I’ll explain why I ask that in a moment, after I repeat my own little sequence for the forces diagrammed in the picture above: 1. Weight 2. Thrust 3. Drag 4. Lift Here we are working on how Lift...
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  • Escape Velocity: Lift Overcomes Gravity – Part 2 of 2

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | Oct 31, 2014
    Rest, stasis is a force.  It takes an opposing force to compel a static, resting object into motion.  Things as they are will stay as they are until changed. Why is it that the moment we start studying “simple” physics, our everyday minds instantly become confused?  I’ll explain why I ask that in a moment, after I repeat my own little sequence for the forces diagrammed in the picture above: 1. Weight 2. Thrust 3. Drag 4. Lift Here we are working on how Lift...
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  • Throwback Thursday - Warehouse Stock Location Systems

    by David Nettleton | Oct 30, 2014
    Location systems are one of the core components of a successful warehouse operation. Their base function is providing easy, logical access to a physical location in the warehouse. When an operator sees a location on the wireless device or paper ticket, it should immediately be clear which is the most efficient path to the desired location. Overview There is some standard nomenclature in designing locations. An example might be: D-13-37-5-2 D: Building, room, or area of warehouse If you have a...
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  • Can Transportation Guys Do Supply Chain?: The "Component" Argument

    by Nico Scopelliti | Oct 29, 2014
    Last week I posed a question to our readers, fellow practitioners and some LinkedIn connections of mine: "Can Transportation Guys Do Supply Chain?" The arguments I received were unanimously positive, perhaps because no one wanted to challenge the premise with a poorly thought-through argument based in prejudice and narrow mindedness. We'd see the same effect if I went out and asked if women are inferior to men. Those who think so wouldn't admit it, for while individuals and even communities may...
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  • Are You Taking Notes? - Put it in Writing

    by David Schneider | Oct 28, 2014
    Years ago I worked for a catering company in order to help pay my way through college. My boss, catering manager Bob Scotch, only gave verbal direction. He seldom had a checklist and never gave out written plans. I learned quickly to pull out my notebook and take notes each day, as he would rattle off what had to be done. Things had a funny way of getting kind of messed up. A number of times I arrived to set up a coffee or snack service only to find it already done. More than once I went looking...
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  • Are you taking notes? - Lovely day! Outstanding Day!

    by David Schneider | Oct 27, 2014
    No matter the pressures or chaos on the dock, James’ calm face would light up, a smile breaking as I walked up. “How is your day today James?” I would call out as I came within hearing range above the noise of the Distribution Center. The smile growing, his calm voice would call out, “It is a lovely day! How about you?” “Outstanding! It is an outstanding day. There are dragons to slay!” I’d respond. Then I would ask, “Where is a dragon that I...
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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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