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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

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Way Waaay Back

Writing about my now cumbersome reference library prompted a bit of consolidation and reorganization. Unfortunately, my resolve diminished when I came across a copy of the January 1912 issue of

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Setting the Wayback Machine

I have often touted the Gear Technology archives as your ready source of reliable information. A recent question was resolved mid-conversation by the caller logging in and typing in a

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Gears That Time Forgot

My consulting practice covers a very wide range of products — from 4-inch circular pitch mill stands to 180-NDP handheld medical devices — I see them all. Most of the

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In Praise of Old-School Technology

A wise man once pointed out that everyone drives a used car. We hear many reports on self-driving cars, electric cars, hybrid cars, and other planet-saving technology, yet the average

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The Essential Gear Book?

Continuing our discussion of gear training…   What one book would you advise a newbie to purchase, read, and keep handy in the years ahead? I’ll disqualify my own book,

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Language Barrier

I have great admiration for people who can speak multiple languages, a skill that had eluded me despite two fairly serious efforts to learn a second language. Recently the opportunity