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Gear Talk With Chuck

St. Patrick: Patron Saint of Engineers!

  I do not recall this being brought up during my years at Marquette University’s (MU) engineering school, but the night school crowd was probably too buttoned down to do

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The Curse of an Engineering Mind

There have been a few times in my life when I wished I could turn off my internal engineer and just be a regular guy. If you ask my wife

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Your Results May Vary

  We have all seen the Internet meme of politicians wearing corporate logos so the public will know who their backers are. I would like to see this extended to

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What Good Are the Leading Indicators?

“Wall Street predicted nine of the last FIVE recessions,” Paul Samuelson, Nobel Prize winner in economics, 1966. We get a lot more economic news these days than when Dr. Samuelson

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When Do We See the Gears?

In 1971, the American gear business was far different from today. I am unaware of any modern company with a formal gear cutter’s apprenticeship; at Falk, that was just one

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Stumbled into Gears; Built a Career

After my first year of college I decided it was time to get a real job. My grades were great but full-time school and 40 hours of restaurant work had

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New Ideas in Gears

One of the perks of being a “public” gear person is the opportunity to interact with interesting people in and around our industry. Gear Technology magazine is responsible for many

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Reviving Old Ideas

    My last blog may have sounded like I didn’t think there was anything really new to be found in the gear trade. Actually I think there are numerous

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Something to Look Forward to

With Super Bowl 50 behind us, the sporting public can turn its attention to basketball and hockey while baseball teams start spring training. Those of us of a more mechanical

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Cold Weather Designs

    Growing up in Milwaukee I learned about cold weather early and got a refresher course every winter. These lessons served me well during two winters in Traverse City