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TRIZ – Homogeneity

Homogeneity refers to:

1. Making objects interact with a given object of the same material, or material with identical properties.

a. i.e. Make a diamond-cutting tool out of diamonds

Cut from the Same Mold

Containers and packaging are often made from the same material as the contents to reduce chemical reactions and product waste.

For instance, if you’ve ever worked with polystyrene chips, you might have noticed that the bag is usually made from the same material as the chips. You don’t have to pour the bag’s contents into the mixer, instead, you can just throw the whole bag in intact.

Another example is the use of cotton thread to sew cotton material. The cotton fibers in the thread and the material are identical, and as such can be treated and cared for in the same manner.

Natural light bulbs operate on a similar principle. These bulbs create a close replication of sunlight in an indoor room. The light outdoors is homogeneous with the light indoors, creating a more nature environment. The light bulbs are so effective and so similar to natural sunlight, that they’re often used to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and help individuals with sight problems.

In a way, ice cream cones are another example of this lens. The ice cream cone holds the ice cream, and you eat both parts. The cone, or holder, is a homogeneous mixture; the holder doesn’t exist alone, rather it gets eaten with the contents and is part of the process.

Alternatively, think a movie sequel. The sequel is created from the same material as the original. The characters, setting, and premise remain homogeneous; in many cases, the sequel is simply an extension of the original film.

Can you make your product or service more homogeneous, and use identical material or material with identical properties?

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