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Gear Talk With Chuck

Energy Policy Thoughts

Our industry makes parts for all different types of energy and transportation. AGMA, our national trade association, was formed, in part, because the growing automotive field needed standardization. Through the

Gear Talk With Chuck

Friends in High Places

U.S.-based motorsports have had a lot to cheer about in Formula One this season with the debut of the first American team in thirty years. Haas F1, sponsored by one

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Change Begins at Home

From reports I have gotten, 2016 is proving to be a challenging year for the gear industry. Traditional markets such as mineral extraction and gas/oil extraction are in a down

Gear Talk With Chuck

Now the Work Resumes

With the election distraction finally behind us, we can hopefully get back to the very challenging job of building a better world for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren. We

Gear Talk With Chuck

What Would You Like to Know?

The call for abstracts for the 2017 AGMA Fall Technical Meeting went out months ago. While it seems early to many readers, this schedule has to be adhered to so

Gear Talk With Chuck

Wither Manufacturing?

  In a recent episode of my favorite zombie apocalypse show, SyFy’s Z Nation, a character celebrates the restarting of a hydroelectric power station — that had been clogged with

Gear Talk With Chuck

The Limits of Genius

There is an old saying that “the fools always win in the end because stupidity has no limits, while genius does.” Occasionally we see this acted out by people who

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Good Ideas Before Their Time

Leonardo DaVinci famously sketched helicopters long before the technology needed to make them fly was developed. The American Motorcycle Association museum in Ohio displays a re-creation of an attempt at

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Non-Traditional Manufacturing

  While 3-D printing looks for its place in the manufacturing world, other non-traditional methods are finding their way into our gear shops. Some, such as electro-discharge machining (EDM), were

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Does New Technology Require New Companies?

Our society seems enamored with new technology and the fortunes that can be made through a startup company. This has always puzzled me; a number of examples come to mind.