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Example – California Lemon  Growers Current way of shipping citrus fruit to the stores In cardboard cartons Not individually wrapped Not placed in layers Cartons not ventilated Fruit not packed under pressure No reduction in the level of quality $5 million / year savings to the manufacturer Savings to the transporter and retailer as well
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Scientific Problem Solving Process Problem Definition Problem Analysis Search for possible solutions Evaluation of alternatives Recommendation for action
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Search for Possible Solutions What is the basic cause that creates the problem? Can it be eliminated? If so, done! Does the problem lend itself to a group effort? Brainstorming to increase the number of alternatives No judgment at this stage Systematic analysis options?
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Example – Grading and packing eggs  for distribution to retailers Chicken Ranch Egg Processing Plant Grocery Store Supermarket Consumer Residence •Determine quality •Determine weigth •Packaging eggs in cartons •Placing cartons into cases and then into cooler •Delivering eggs to grocery store
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Example – Grading and packing eggs  for distribution to retailers 1. Sized and packaged by hand 2. Sized by hand, packaged by machine 3. Entire process performed automatically 4. Breed and select chickens that would lay eggs at a given size, then eggs would be placed directly onto the cartoon while being collected at the farm…
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