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Are You Worrying About the Right Thing?

“I used to worry about rich and skinny until I ended up poor and fat…”                                                             Delbert McClinton Over the years, some of the things that cost me many hours

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Invisible Activity

Are you familiar with the “Law of the Farm?” The Law reminds everyone that there are some activities that cannot be rushed. No matter how many tractors you have in

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Lessons Learned

Don’t confront me with my failures. I have not forgotten them… From These Days by Jackson Browne Designers lie awake at night remembering their mistakes — at least the good

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Innovation in Mature Products

Many people look back fondly on the days of the annual model change in the automobile market. Car dealerships would cover their display windows and cars would be transported in

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Convergence in Design

One of the old car magazines I subscribe to has had an ongoing discussion on left-hand- threaded wheel studs. At one time the engineering community was divided on whether the

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Fundamentals of Maintenance

Modern cars and trucks are wonderfully reliable and durable. As much as I love old cars I cannot cleanse my memory of the heartbreaking behavior they inflicted on the motoring

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EASTEC 2017: A Regional Show with Universal Appeal

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to attend EASTEC 2017, but you can in fact listen to one (keynote speaker Jordan Evans) talk about going to Mars. With

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Why Things Break

I used to tease our maintenance staff that there were only two reasons a machine went down: it went down because we worked on it or because we did not

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Good Product Specifications are Critical to Good Design

History is full of great ideas that did not succeed — frequently because they did not meet the “needs” of the marketplace. One of the first things I learned as

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What Makes a Good Design?

In my last post I insisted that good design wins in the marketplace. As a student of automotive history, I am compelled to admit that some very great designs were