Posts From Charles D. Schultz

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Lessons Learned

Don’t confront me with my failures. I have not forgotten them… From These Days by Jackson Browne Designers lie awake at night remembering their mistakes — at least the good

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Innovation in Mature Products

Many people look back fondly on the days of the annual model change in the automobile market. Car dealerships would cover their display windows and cars would be transported in

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Convergence in Design

One of the old car magazines I subscribe to has had an ongoing discussion on left-hand- threaded wheel studs. At one time the engineering community was divided on whether the

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Fundamentals of Maintenance

Modern cars and trucks are wonderfully reliable and durable. As much as I love old cars I cannot cleanse my memory of the heartbreaking behavior they inflicted on the motoring

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Why Things Break

I used to tease our maintenance staff that there were only two reasons a machine went down: it went down because we worked on it or because we did not

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Good Product Specifications are Critical to Good Design

History is full of great ideas that did not succeed — frequently because they did not meet the “needs” of the marketplace. One of the first things I learned as

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What Makes a Good Design?

In my last post I insisted that good design wins in the marketplace. As a student of automotive history, I am compelled to admit that some very great designs were

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Open Source Part II

One of the things I mention when teaching about gears is the long history of great minds who have contributed to our field. Early readers of Gear Technology will no

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Should Gear Technology be Open Source?

One of the few things I miss about my old commute is all the great content I heard on public radio. Ten hours a week of news, in depth features,

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10 Questions About Your Work

Few things are as terrifying as a blank page. As a follow-up to my suggestion about writing a personal history I offer these leading questions: When did you start working?