Erik Schmidt

Erik Schmidt has a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Marquette University. He has a decorated writing history that includes stops at various journalistic enterprises in the Chicagoland area where he covered sports and hyperlocal news. He was assistant editor for both Gear Technology and Power Transmission Engineering from 2014-2015. (Bio last updated 2015-11-01 Contact Randy Stott, Managing Editor, with changes.)

Articles by Erik Schmidt

  • The Watch That Does Everything, Plus Tells Time (September/October 2015)
    There’s a silly ongoing joke in the 2002 family film Spy Kids 2 (a movie that I’m admittedly not very proud I’ve seen, but hey, I was 12 at the time) involving a super advanced secret agent watch that does everything but tell time.
  • An Arena of Color, Light and Concepts (August 2015)
    When you look at the floor plan for the Cobo Center (Detroit, MI) from Oct. 20-22, the names on the lineup really shouldn’t come as a great surprise.
  • The Gear Industrys Family Reunion (August 2015)
    When it came to picking a personal favorite booth at Gear Expo, AGMA Vice President of Marketing Jenny Blackford donned her proverbial TAG Heuer watch and embroidered silk apron and decided to keep her allegiance neutral.
  • A Reel Big Deal (July 2015)
    One time not long ago, under the foreboding glow of moonlight, Scott Sakuta was almost murdered by a tarpon.
  • Dont Get Burned (July 2015)
    Questions to Ask Your Heat Treater Provided by Justin Lefevre (Joyworks LLC, Ann Arbor, MI), Kathy Hayrynen (Applied Process, Inc., Livonia, MI) and Vasko Popovski (Applied Process, Inc.)
  • The Fixie Fixation (June 2015)
    In David Koepp’s 2012 bicycle messenger actionthriller Premium Rush (yes, apparently that is an actual genre), Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s beleaguered hero Wilee deadpans...
  • Gear Grinding is Getting Easier, Better, Faster, Stronger (June 2015)
    Liebherr is well-known as one of the world’s largest privately owned companies — a titan in heavy industry specializing in cranes, trucks and mammoth earth moving and mining equipment.
  • Bevel Grinding Rolling Right Along (June 2015)
    When Dr. Hermann J. Stadtfeld speaks, people tend to listen. Considered one of the world’s foremost experts on bevel gears, Stadtfeld, the vice president of bevel gear technology at Gleason, recently revealed several cutting-edge advancements that the company has been working on.
  • Times Arent A-Changin for Broaching, and Thats Just Fine (May 2015)
    In 1964, a young and tidy Bob Dylan sang away in that infamous voice of his, all nasally and grating yet wonderfully distinct, opining to the fervent masses: “The times, they are a-changin.”
  • How Do You Say Gears in Italian (March/April 2015)
    It was late November in Northern Italy, and everything was coming up vinegar oil and high-performance cars for Cory Sanderson and the 11 other members of his Yankee armada.
  • Solving the Forgings Paradox (March/April 2015)
    The process of forging metal into shapes possesses a surprisingly long and storied history. For example, the method of hot rolling can trace its protracted existence all the way back to an enigmatic Italian polymath named Leonardo da Vinci (you may have heard of him), who reportedly invented the rolling mill one lazy day in the 1400s.
  • Little Gears, Big Picture (January/February 2015)
    If there wasn’t such a thing as air (seriously, who even needs it?), gears might stand alone as the most ever-present entities on earth. They are literally everywhere you turn — a universal, inescapable part of the world we live in, sort of like Justin Bieber but with less hair gel and electronic synthesizers.
  • On the Cutting Edge (January/February 2015)
    Sentences that start off with some variance of “I don’t want to brag, but…” are generally a good indicator that it’s precisely what the speaker intends to do and typically end with bold proclamations that are immediately and eminently quotable — the kind of quotes perfect for beginning a feature story with an eye-catching artistic flourish.
  • Robots are a Mans best Friend (January/February 2015)
    Pretty much everyone old enough to utter the familiar, dual syllabic refrain of “beep boop” in the electro-mechanical, monotone pitch from every sci-fi movie ever made has the same idea of what a robot looks likes.