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takt time

takt time  n.— «Toyota has made the difficult call to reduce output by slowing production through short-term shutdowns, eliminating overtime, and slowing the line (or lengthening the takt time, in manufacturing parlance).» —“Weakened...

method costumier

method costumier  n.— «The competition for the Best Costume Oscar is as fierce as in any of the acting categories. One of the 13 nominations achieved by The Curious Case of Benjamin Button went to Jacqueline West, who is known in Hollywood...

phytocapping

phytocapping  n.— «Landfill sites produce the greenhouse gases, methane and carbon dioxide, as putrescible waste decays. Growing plants and trees on top of a landfill, a process known as “Phytocapping,” could reduce the...

bedder

bedder  n.— «More on Bedder 6, the unlikely name given to Jeremy Clarkson and his Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman’s production company. Monkey’s mind may be even more puerile than Clarkson’s. Last week we speculated it might be a...

tight gas

tight gas  n.— «Shell has agreed to pay almost C$6bn ( £3bn) for a small Canadian gas company heavily involved in the production of difficult-to- exploit gas reserves. The price for Calgary-based Duvernay Oil, founded just seven years ago...

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