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Change for the Sake of Change?

One of the great things about social media is the opportunity to keep up with what is going on with family and friends. Sometimes you can offer an encouraging word,

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The First Steps are the Hardest

Apprenticeships are frequently mentioned as the key to rebuilding America’s manufacturing sector. The people who usually say this often have limited knowledge of the apprentice system — and even less

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Starting a Life in Gears

“The gypsies know my future, the angels know my past, I roll around this big wide world to find a love that lasts.” — Excerpt, River Song, by Tom Rush

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Operator Error

The backlash discussion posted previously was inspired by the comments posted on a hobby website I frequent. The commentator was of the opinion that a transmission with lots of “slop”

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Unreasonable Backlash

Not to worry — no politics here. The “backlash” I want to talk about is the “lost motion” in gear systems. It sometimes seems to rile people up almost as

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Lowering That Overhead, Part II

How many of you have any idea what your company spends on perishable tooling? Working for small companies with tight wad owners perhaps made me more aware of this than

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Faster is Not Always Better

That old “Overhead” article reminded me of what a shock it was when we first moved into cellular manufacturing. After years of investigating ways to reduce cycle times to a

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Engineering Economy in 1912

In the same issue of Industrial Engineering that Percy C. Day published his treatise on herringbone gears, Sterling H. Bunnell offered “Expense Burden: Its Incidence and Distribution.” Those of you

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Gear Technology in 1912

Continuing with that January 1912 issue of Industrial Engineering magazine … Imagine the courage it took to present a seven-page article on your gear system — complete with rating methods

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History Lessons

An eye exam got me wondering about how things were designed and developed before the computer age. The office I visit has all the latest medical equipment — an entire