Industry: Let's see Z.D.

In today's complex defense industries, penny-ante mistakes often escalate into million-dollar fiascos. A $1,000,000 Jupiter missile, for exam ple, exploded because of one faulty soldering connection that cost no more than 500. To catch the human mistakes that account for as much as two-thirds of the failures in defense products, the Pentagon estimates that contractors employ 200,000 inspectors —but the average inspector misses 15% of the mistakes. Now the defense industry is busily promoting a new fail-safe system that reaches past the inspector and goes back to the man on the line, emphasizing prevention instead of cure. This uniquely...

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