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Publication date: 1 September 1994

Bryan Wall

Traceability through a process is an integral part of a total qualitymanagement philosophy. Looks at what it means in practice with referenceto a one process weighing systems…

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Traceability through a process is an integral part of a total quality management philosophy. Looks at what it means in practice with reference to a one process weighing systems company that has implemented a system for a leading UK manufacturer of crisps and snacks. The system builds from the bottom up, using strategically placed data collection terminals to relay information to a management processor.

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Industrial Management & Data Systems, vol. 94 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-5577

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Article
Publication date: 1 February 1995

Bryan Wall

Discusses the concept of materials traceability showing how it canproduce up to 80 per cent of the benefits of total quality management.Identifies a number of critical control…

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Discusses the concept of materials traceability showing how it can produce up to 80 per cent of the benefits of total quality management. Identifies a number of critical control points (CCPs) in any production process. These are the points at which things could go wrong and where the source of complaint may be found. Demonstrates how a sophisticated system can record data at each of these CCPs leading to improved efficiency.

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Publication date: 1 March 1994

Bryan Wall

Managers in today′s food‐manufacturing plants are faced with anever‐growing clamour from customers, from central and regionalinspectorates, and of course, from their own…

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Managers in today′s food‐manufacturing plants are faced with an ever‐growing clamour from customers, from central and regional inspectorates, and of course, from their own management, to produce detailed information about their production. The spiralling costs of resources required for more and more quality checking were investigated recently by the board of Golden Wonder. This led to operating units moving towards computerized, on‐line quality management systems wherever possible.

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Work Study, vol. 43 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0043-8022

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Article
Publication date: 25 June 2020

Yee Ling Yap, Swee Leong Sing and Wai Yee Yeong

Soft robotics is currently a rapidly growing new field of robotics whereby the robots are fundamentally soft and elastically deformable. Fabrication of soft robots is currently…

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Purpose

Soft robotics is currently a rapidly growing new field of robotics whereby the robots are fundamentally soft and elastically deformable. Fabrication of soft robots is currently challenging and highly time- and labor-intensive. Recent advancements in three-dimensional (3D) printing of soft materials and multi-materials have become the key to enable direct manufacturing of soft robots with sophisticated designs and functions. Hence, this paper aims to review the current 3D printing processes and materials for soft robotics applications, as well as the potentials of 3D printing technologies on 3D printed soft robotics.

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The paper reviews the polymer 3D printing techniques and materials that have been used for the development of soft robotics. Current challenges to adopting 3D printing for soft robotics are also discussed. Next, the potentials of 3D printing technologies and the future outlooks of 3D printed soft robotics are presented.

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This paper reviews five different 3D printing techniques and commonly used materials. The advantages and disadvantages of each technique for the soft robotic application are evaluated. The typical designs and geometries used by each technique are also summarized. There is an increasing trend of printing shape memory polymers, as well as multiple materials simultaneously using direct ink writing and material jetting techniques to produce robotics with varying stiffness values that range from intrinsically soft and highly compliant to rigid polymers. Although the recent work is done is still limited to experimentation and prototyping of 3D printed soft robotics, additive manufacturing could ultimately be used for the end-use and production of soft robotics.

Originality/value

The paper provides the current trend of how 3D printing techniques and materials are used particularly in the soft robotics application. The potentials of 3D printing technology on the soft robotic applications and the future outlooks of 3D printed soft robotics are also presented.

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Rapid Prototyping Journal, vol. 26 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1355-2546

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Publication date: 1 October 2005

Jill Manthorpe, Neil Perkins, Bridget Penhale, Lisa Pinkney and Paul Kingston

This article updates a review submitted to the Department of Health (DH) in the light of the House of Commons Health Select Committee report on Elder Abuse. The review drew on…

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This article updates a review submitted to the Department of Health (DH) in the light of the House of Commons Health Select Committee report on Elder Abuse. The review drew on recent research about elder abuse in the UK, including research published after the Select Committee's hearings, that made specific recommendations for areas of development in research and policy. The aim of this paper is to address specific questions posed by the Select Committee in light of developments up to mid 2005.

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The Journal of Adult Protection, vol. 7 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1466-8203

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Book part
Publication date: 26 August 2019

Barry Eichengreen, Michael Haines, Matthew Jaremski and David Leblang

The 1896 presidential election between William Jennings Bryan and William McKinley has new salience in the wake of the 2016 presidential contest. We provide the first systematic…

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The 1896 presidential election between William Jennings Bryan and William McKinley has new salience in the wake of the 2016 presidential contest. We provide the first systematic analysis of presidential voting in 1896, combining county-level returns with economic, financial, and demographic data. We show that Bryan did well where interest rates were high, railroad penetration was low, and crop prices had declined. We show that further declines in crop prices or increases in interest rates would have been enough to tip the Electoral College in Bryan’s favor. But to change the outcome, the additional changes would have had to be large.

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Publication date: 7 October 2019

Gregory M. Maney, Lee A. Smithey and Joshua Satre

In 2010, 12 years after the signing and popular ratification of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement (BGFA), the decommissioning of Irish Republican Army (IRA) weapons, and a…

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In 2010, 12 years after the signing and popular ratification of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement (BGFA), the decommissioning of Irish Republican Army (IRA) weapons, and a significant decline in political violence, paramilitary public symbolic displays (PSDs) remained as prominent features of the landscape of Northern Ireland. Their contents and locations constituted an important, contradictory, and contested part of the peace process. We argue that paramilitary murals and other symbolic sites, such as memorial gardens and plaques, continue to tap into ethno-national collective identities forged in conflict but also exhibit a range of reframing strategies that we refer to as historicization, articulation, and suppression. We further argue that contextual factors affect the likelihood of these displays appearing within a given geographic area. To assess these hypotheses, we conduct content and geospatial analyses of all identified PSDs in West Belfast in 2010. The results lend support to a context-sensitive approach to predicting the contents and locations of paramilitary PSDs in Northern Ireland.

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Bringing Down Divides
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78769-406-4

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Article
Publication date: 28 October 2002

Uma V. Sridharan, Lori Dickes and W. Royce Caines

Between October and November 2001 the world witnessed the collapse of Enron, a major US publicly traded corporation with global operations. The Enron case highlights the impact…

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Between October and November 2001 the world witnessed the collapse of Enron, a major US publicly traded corporation with global operations. The Enron case highlights the impact corporate failure has on American society and capital markets and underscores the need for better enforcement of regulations and ethical business behavior. This paper discusses the role played by Enron’s senior management, its board of directors, Enron’s auditors, consultants, bankers, Wall Street and the government, in the spectacular rise and fall of this corporate giant. It also examines the impact of Enron’s failure on its employees, the employees of Andersen, and on thousands of ordinary Americans who invested in the stock via their pensions and mutual funds. This paper highlights the conflicts of interest that pervade the financial system and discusses the social and financial impact of a combined business and oversight failure. Students and teachers of finance, corporate governance, and business strategy may be interested in this paper as a pedagogical tool to teach undergraduate finance, business ethics, business strategy, and corporate governance.

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Publication date: 1 June 1999

John Earl

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Structural Survey, vol. 17 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-080X

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Persistence and Vigilance: A View of Ford Motor Company’s Accounting over its First Fifty Years
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83867-998-9

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