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Why Not Teach?

This past week I had the opportunity to participate in a wonderful seminar for process engineers. My fellow presenters were all industry veterans with wide-ranging experience in our trade. The

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Shared Knowledge

If you think you know something, try teaching it. Putting aside the average engineer’s aversion to public speaking, the prospect of organizing your thoughts and experience on a topic so

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Is This Change Necessary?

Ranting about needless software upgrades got me thinking about why we love “new” things. Aren’t there some things we should leave well enough alone? Curmudgeon-hood comes easy with age; our

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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