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Gear Talk With Chuck

New Ways to Make Old Parts

My last post discussed reviewing the ratings and designs of “legacy products,” those venerable parts and gearboxes still being ordered twenty, thirty, or even fifty years after they were first

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Brainstorming to Better Products

Many gear companies are not in a position to develop new products but most of them could make their current products better. Business schools may preach the importance of bigger,

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Of Swamp Coolers and Window Vents

Mr. Carrier did not invent modern air conditioning until 1902 but he was just another in a long line of inventors to seek relief from the summer heat. In some

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A Long Hot Summer

We are having a bit of a heat wave in the Chicago area, not the deadly type of 1996, but uncomfortable for much outside activity. I marvel at the toughness

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The Next Big Thing?

My last post covered the importance of enthusiasts in keeping technology alive. For many of us the “crazy bug” came from wandering through Radio Shack or the surplus store at

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Different Kinds of Crazy

One of my favorite musicians, Delbert McClinton, has a song about his true love being the “same kind of crazy as me.” I have often thought of that in my

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Passion is a Good Thing

I wrote in my last post about the passion our technical experts feel for the gear trade. Passion, in my opinion, is an underappreciated factor in a successful career, no

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Expert Advice

  If you needed any more proof that Gear Technology is an unusual publication, consider the “Ask the Expert” column (that appears in each issue of both Gear Technology and

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Is Selling for Dinosaurs?

During a recent meeting between a client’s evaluation team and a potential supplier, we did the usual business card exchange and verbal introductions. A member of my client’s team picked

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Echoes of My Past

One of the interesting things about going to estate sales is trying to figure out what the sellers did with their lives. This past weekend it seemed like my own