Randy Stott, Associate Publisher & Managing Editor, has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and an MBA in marketing. His background includes a wide variety of technical writing and editing in the automotive, software and manufacturing industries. He was instrumental in the launching of geartechnology.com in 1996, powertransmission. com in 1997 and Power Transmission Engineering in 2007. He joined Gear Technology in 1994 and became managing editor in 1998.
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After more than two years of COVID isolation, it feels good to be getting out of our bunkers and interacting with people again. Last month, I had the great pleasure of attending the AGMA Annual Meeting, where executives from member companies got together in person for the first time since 2019. The 2020 meeting was canceled at the last minute due to COVID. Last year’s meeting was held virtually, with an electronic meeting room and videoconference presentations. But this year felt like a return to normal.
You may have noticed that we’ve spruced things up a bit over at geartechnology.com. The website has undergone a complete overhaul, from the front-end design to the back-end programming and system that allows us to be as efficient as possible in producing and delivering the content you need.
Okay, I'll admit it. It's a trick question, because of course there's no such thing as a perfect gear. There will always be manufacturing errors, inconsistencies and human error. Tools and machines wear down, so that the first gear you produce will always be different from the one hundredth.
COVID-19 has taken a huge toll on the world. It has affected — and continues to affect — virtually every aspect of life. But at least as far as the economy goes, the more people we talk to, and the more statistics we hear from reliable sources, the more we think maybe Bob Marley was onto something.