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Gear Talk With Chuck

Fundamentals

I mentioned succession planning in my last posting; most of the senior gear engineers I know are planning to retire in the next few years and their organizations are scrambling

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Planning for Disaster

The massive flood damage in Houston will take years and billions of dollars to repair. Even with plenty of warning, there was no way to evacuate millions of people and

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Cost Reduction Ideas

A commentator recently asked for “real world” examples of how he could reduce costs and win more orders. Improved technology is often cited as the “best” way to do this

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Fact Checking Legends

The much better half returned from her first beauty shop appointment in Oil City, shaking her newly coiffed head. Her stylist was an Oil Country lifer — except for a

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Effective Instructions

Have you ever tried to assemble something with poorly written or translated instructions? The classic image of a befuddled father on Christmas Eve surrounded by parts and tools did not

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Two Way Communication

One of our disappointments with this blog is the inability to have effective two-way communication via reader comments. We tried it for a few months and gave up after it

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Does it Pay to Advertise?

My father was a life-long employee of the Pabst Brewing Company. He was also a bit of a dumpster diver and he frequently retrieved “collectable” decorations for his buddies. At

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Are You Open for Business?

On our third attempt, we finally had lunch at a local landmark. A survivor of the 1870s oil boom, its Victorian architecture is a real eye catcher but previous efforts

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Where Have All the Contests Gone?

My hometown is abuzz with anticipation over the completion of the Milwaukee Bucks’ new arena. This is the THIRD new arena since I participated in a student design competition for

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Taking on the Impossible

Those multi-trillion-dollar figures thrown around for infrastructure repair make progress seem impossible without huge tax increases and a long commitment to a plan — something on the scale of the