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Gear Talk With Chuck

A Day We Can Never Forget

[starbox] Yesterday marked a day 13 years ago on which the world changed for all of us. Time forever more to be marked as “before” those terrible events and “after”

Gear Talk With Chuck

Have You Been to the Circus Yet?

[starbox] As mentioned before in this space, the bi-annual International Machine Tool Show (IMTS) is back in Chicago (September 8 – 3th). I’ll be in the Gear Technology booth (N-7214;

Gear Talk With Chuck

A New Season; A Fresh Start

[starbox] September has traditionally been a time of new beginnings. We were programmed for this from our first days in school and, like salmon imprinted for a particular spawning spot,

Gear Talk With Chuck

Shared Responsibilities

[starbox] Coming off the Labor Day weekend, I had time to reflect on what the holiday means beyond marking the end of summer, retiring (for the nattier among us) the

Gear Talk With Chuck

Specialization is for Insects

[starbox] The sports world was abuzz recently over a girl pitching her Little League team into the World Championship Tournament. For some this was another sign of the looming apocalypse,

Gear Talk With Chuck

Disneyland for Engineers

[starbox] After living in the Chicago area for 10 years I have made peace with the congestion, high prices, long commute times and crazy sports fans. There are even some

Gear Talk With Chuck

The Pitfalls of Quoting

[starbox] “What will this cost?” is often the most important question in whether a project can move forward. And it is a question every custom manufacturer and job shop hates

Gear Talk With Chuck

The Challenge of Maintaining Excellence

[starbox] I blogged earlier about best-selling business books trumpeting rapid growth schemes rather than sustainable performance. Building a successful business is a real challenge; growing it is another, different challenge.

Gear Talk With Chuck

The Problem of Certainty

[starbox] In writing about unforeseen consequences there is a risk of inspiring such conservatism in design that the resulting product is no longer competitive. Henry Ford, for example hung on

Gear Talk With Chuck

Unforeseen Consequences

[starbox] For something that causes so much trouble for so many people, you would think there would be lots of consideration given to the unforeseen consequences of decisions. This topic