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Gear Talk With Chuck

Sprucing Up Content

Back in 1987 I wrote a book about gears aimed at the novice engineer or purchasing agent. An Introduction to Gear Design was originally a work assignment, but by the

Gear Talk With Chuck

Butterfly Effect

I’ve been traveling quite a bit lately, and wonder if perhaps we take the convenience of air travel for granted. Who would have expected an hour to get through security

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Customers? Or Fans?

My last posting concerned finding the right customers for implementing new technology. Many great ideas failed in the marketplace because of bad timing, like the Edsel being launched during a

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Waiting for the Right Customers

Are you ready for self-driving cars? Apparently they are going to be a big thing, but I have yet to meet anyone interested in turning their steering wheel over to

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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