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Problem-solving on the factory floor.

The early years of compact disc manufacture were afflicted by a variety of defects, reflecting the novel challenges of the product. Initially high reject rates were driven down through process innovation and quality control. As the optical media sector matured, discs exhibiting the signs of chemical instability – like the “bronzed” disc depicted here – became less and less commonplace.
Image by Hprill, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

So you’re beginning to make an entirely new product, and you need to make thousands at a time, fast. You’re also one of the first in the world to try it. What could possibly go wrong? From dust to rust, find out what can cause issues when manufacturing a CD:

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