The Joint Commission (TJC)-the national accrediting body for all U.S. hospitals-recognizes the road to a high reliability organization (HRO) for the health care industry is an ongoing journey. The tenants of HRO consist of leadership engagement, culture of safety and a robust process improvement.
When Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan were threatened by the destructive power of improvised explosive devices, a variant of the armored Stryker combat vehicle sporting a specially-designed blast-diffusing hull saved countless lives.
A newly trained team of Lean Six Sigma students were given the task to find out in a mock scenario offered by the Regional Health Command — Central Lean Six Sigma team recently. Using what they learned in the two-week class, and their newly developed LSS skills, the class discovered a way to improve one of the simulated MTF’s processes impacting on access to care.
The U.S. Navy has awarded ManTech International an $11.2 million contract modification to continue the company’s support services for the Ship Maintenance and Logistics Information Systems program, ExecutiveBiz reported Thursday.
For the past couple of years, I’ve been playing with, collecting and analyzing data from used car auctions in my free time with an automotive journalist named Steve Lang to try and get an idea of what the used car market looks like in terms of long-term vehicle reliability. I figured it was about time that I showed off some of the ways that the Wolfram Language has allowed us to parse through information on over one million vehicles (and counting).
Pauline Schneider interviews Cliff Weathers who comes to Riverkeeper after 30 years as a writer, editor and multimedia producer. He served as a deputy editor of Consumer Reports for 10 years, focusing on automotive reliability, green technologies and product safety.
Waymo, the subsidiary of Alphabet formerly known as the Google Self Driving Car Project, is poised to offer its autonomous-drive technology in millions of vehicles as it lowers costs for key components and improves the reliability of its self-driving.
The race to launch a commercially available self-driving car was front and center at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. I took more than one ride in a self-driving vehicle and came out unscathed and usually awed by the current state of affairs.
Did you know there are almost five million trees in DTE Energy’s electric service territory that are within 30 feet of an electrical line? In 2016, DTE crews worked with homeowners and municipalities to trim or in some cases remove those trees in a way that preserved the health of the trees while improving reliability.
The “missing money problem” refers to the idea that prices for energy in competitive wholesale electricity markets may not adequately reflect the value of investment in the resources needed for reliable electric service. In this article published in The Electricity Journal, Michael Hogan unpacks the missing money issue, recapping how energy prices should be expected to be set in a competitive electricity market, the role they are intended to play in shaping critical investment decisions, and some of the ways they can go wrong. He then develops a robust and sustainable strategy for tackling missing money and ensuring a reliable, low-carbon electric supply at the lowest reasonable cost.
President Obama’s publication in Science is just the most recent reiteration of how far we have come with clean energy development in the last decade. The question now is not whether we should transition to cleaner sources of energy, but rather how do we do so in the most reliable and cost-effective way?
Long duration and complex mission scenarios are characteristics of NASA’s human exploration of Mars, and will provide unprecedented challenges. Systems reliability and safety will become increasingly demanding and management of uncertainty will be increasingly important. NASA’s current pioneering strategy recognizes and relies upon assurance of crew and asset safety. In this regard, flexibility to develop and innovate in the emergence of new design environments and methodologies, encompassing modeling of complex systems, is essential to meet the challenges.
Drones are seemingly everywhere and they are being used for new and different tasks every day. The consumer oriented drones that have become so popular are only a small segment of the market and offer only some of the controls and functions available by their commercial counterparts.
Graphite was an exciting area in the junior resource markets a few years ago, but it has proved to be difficult. The great potential remains and Great Lakes Graphite (TSXV:GLK) has proven itself to be a survivor who turned a corner in 2016 with a new line of business. The company now acts as an intermediary in the graphite markets, which helps develop their company internally and their reputation with partners.
Centralized data centers are a familiar concept today with most organizations buying into the idea that cloud computing, virtualization and specialist expertise can combine to deliver resilient, scalable and cost-effective IT services from large remote data facilities.
The software testing process basically aims at building confidence in the software for its use in real world applications. The reliability of a software system is always important to us. As we carry out the error detection and correction phenomenon on our software, the reliability of the software grows. With an aim to model this growth in the software reliability, many formulations in the form of Software Reliability Growth Models (SRGMs) have been proposed. Many of these are based on Non-Homogeneous Poisson Process (NHPP) framework.
Alpha Testing is a type of acceptance testing; performed to identify all possible issues/bugs before releasing the product to everyday users or public. The focus of this testing is to simulate real users by using BlackBox and WhiteBox techniques. The aim is to carry out the tasks that a typical user might perform.
Synapses, the connections between neurons, come in different flavors, depending on the chemical they use as transmitter. The type of synapses that use a signal transmitter called GABA stand out because of their speed and precision. But the secret behind their speed was not fully known until now, and neither was the sensor they use to detect the inflowing calcium.
Combing the merits of optics and ultrasound, photoacoustic (PA) sensing and imaging techniques have attracted tremendous research interest in recent years ranging from various biomedical applications to different system implementations.
Belgium-based research and innovation hub, and BE Semiconductor Industries (“Besi”), a manufacturer of assembly equipment for the semiconductor industry, have demonstrated long-term reliability in five full-size (60) solar cell modules plated with nickel/copper/silver (Ni/Cu/Ag). The scientists behind this development say that this result confirms the industrial value of this particular metallization technology.
In the next few weeks, the intelligence community’s research arm will launch two programs aimed at detecting fake fingerprints and developing devices to collect fingerprint data without a human operator.
Printed circuit board (PCB) 3D printer manufacturer Nano Dimension has announced a successful proof of concept for a new inkjet PCB 3D printing method. The method improves PCB reliability, eliminates soldering, and supports the creation of thinner, better protected PCBs.
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