In intercontinental trade and economics goods are bought from a global supplier. On occasion, the expected lot may include a fraction of defective items. These imperfect items still have worth and can be sold to customers after repair. It is cost-effective and sustainable to rework such items in nearby repair workshops rather than return them. The reworked items can be returned from the workshop to the buyer when shortages are equal to the quantity of imperfect items. In the meantime, the supplier correspondingly deals a multi-period delay-in-payments strategy with purchaser. The entire profit has been maximized with paybacks for interim financing. This study aims to develop a synergic inventory model to get the most profit by making an allowance for reworking, multi-period delay-in-payments policy, and shortages. The findings of the proposed model augment inventory management performance by monitoring cycle time as well as fraction of phase with optimistic inventory for a supply chain. The results demonstrate that profit is smaller if the permitted period given by supplier to buyer is equal to or greater than the cycle time, and profit is greater if the permitted period is smaller than the cycle time. The algebraic method is engaged to make a closed system optimum solution. The mathematical experiment of this study is constructed to provide management insights and tangible practices.

Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are considered to be ideal and promising cell sources for various applications such as regenerative medicine and drug screening. However, effective mass production systems for the stable supply of desired numbers of iPSCs are yet to be developed. This review introduces the various approaches that are currently available for stable iPSC production. We start by discussing the limiting factors to be controlled during iPSC culture, such as nutrient supply, waste removal, and oxygen availability. We then introduce recent investigations on iPSC culture systems based on adhesion, suspension, and scaffolds. We also discuss the downstream processes that follow the culture process, such as filling and freezing processes, which limit the production scale due to decreased cell viability during suspension in cryopreservation medium. Finally, we summarize the possibility of the stable mass production of iPSCs and highlight the limitations that remain to be overcome. We suggest that multidisciplinary investigations are essential to understand the different factors that influence cell growth and quality in order to obtain an optimal and stable iPSC mass production system.

Soyang Lake is the largest lake in Republic of Korea, bordering Chuncheon, Yanggu, and Inje in Gangwon Province. It is widely used as an environmental resource for hydropower, flood control, and water supply. Therefore, we conducted a survey of the floodplain of Soyang Lake to analyze the sediments in the area. We used global positioning system (GPS) data and aerial photography to monitor sediment deposits in the Soyang Lake floodplain. Data from three GPS units were compared to determine the accuracy of sampling location measurement. Sediment samples were collected at three sites: two in the eastern region of the floodplain and one in the western region. A total of eight samples were collected: Three samples were collected at 10 cm intervals to a depth of 30 cm from each site of the eastern sampling point, and two samples were collected at depths of 10 and 30 cm at the western sampling point. Samples were collected and analyzed for vertical and horizontal trends in particle size and moisture content. The sizes of the sediment samples ranged from coarse to very coarse sediments with a negative slope, which indicate eastward movement from the breach. The probability of a breach was indicated by the high water content at the eastern side of the floodplain, with the eastern sites showing a higher probability than the western sites. The results of this study indicate that analyses of grain fineness, moisture content, sediment deposits, and sediment removal rates can be used to understand and predict the direction of breach movement and sediment distribution in Soyang Lake.


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