Michael Goldstein

Michael Goldstein, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of Gear Technology, began his career in the gear industry in 1964, when he joined his father at Cadillac Machinery Co., Inc. As a machine tool dealer specializing in Gleason bevel gear machines, Michael rose to prominence in the industry, with leadership roles in the Machinery Dealers National Association (MDNA), as well as the European Association of Machine Tool Merchants (EAMTM). He founded Gear Technology in 1984, and has been involved with the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) throughout his career (50 years in the gear industry). (Bio last updated 2018-02-05 Contact Randy Stott, Managing Editor, with changes.)

Articles by Michael Goldstein

  • Training the Next Generation (March/April 2018)
    Last issue, when I went over the results from our annual State of the Gear Industry survey, I was being too nice. Sure, there's still a lot of optimism about the business climate. Gear manufacturers are mostly busy. For most, 2018 looks like it will be at least a little better than 2017. But there are dark clouds ahead, and they've been building for some time.
  • We'd Grow Faster If We Could (January/February 2018)
    It's probably no surprise to anyone that the majority of the gear industry had a pretty good year in 2017, and that most gear manufacturers are expecting a pretty good 2018 as well. After all, most major economic indicators - including the ones that focus on the manufacturing sector - have been positive for some time.
  • Binge Watching for Gearheads (November/December 2017)
    We've decided to install a man-cave at our office here at Randall Publications. Comfy chairs, surround sound, flat screen, the works. We're going all out, because we have some important watching to do. But before you get the wrong idea, we're not goofing off and binge-watching Stranger Things. No, we're watching Gear Technology TV.
  • Got Gear Questions - Get Gear Answers (September/October 2017)
    Gear Expo 2017 is your best opportunity to expand your knowledge, get answers to your technical questions and solve your toughest manufacturing challenges. The reason is quite simple. Gear Expo provides you with the greatest collection of gear expertise, know-how and experience you can find.
  • Columbus Calling (August 2017)
    Summer never lasts as long as you want it to. By the time you read this, you'll be well into the hazy, lazy days, and the season will be gone before you know it. That means you're running out of time to make plans to attend our industry's most important event. Of course, I'm talking about Gear Expo (October 24 - 26) and the AGMA Fall Technical Meeting (October 22 - 24), both of which will take place in Columbus, OH.
  • Go Here. Do This. (July 2017)
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  • Get Smarter at Gear Expo (June 2017)
    There are many benefits to attending Gear Expo, but if you're not taking advantage of the educational opportunities, you're missing out.
  • Honored and Impressed (May 2017)
    At the AGMA annual meeting last month, the association presented me with its Distinguished Service Award.
  • Transferring Tribal Knowledge (March/April 2017)
    How do we educate the next generation of gear industry employees, and how do we train the ones we already have?
  • Challenges Tempered by Optimism (January/February 2017)
    For many of us, 2016 was a rough year - and the results of our annual State of the Gear Industry Survey show it. 40% of respondents indicated their companies had cut staff, while only 27% indicated an increase in employment. Clearly, there have been widespread cutbacks.
  • Our Next Leader (November/December 2016)
    No, not that president! I mean Matt Croson, the new president of the American Gear Manufacturers Association, who started in June and has been busy getting to know the gear industry and AGMA's members.
  • IMTS Cuts the Mustard (September/October 2016)
    IMTS, held bi-annually here in Chicago, ended September 17. It was the third-largest IMTS ever, both in terms of registrations (115,612) and exhibit space occupied (1,370,256 square feet). Also, this year's show had more exhibiting companies (2,407) than any previous IMTS.
  • Seven Ingredients (August 2016)
    Chicagoans are very particular about their hot dogs. To begin with, it has to be an all-beef product, served on a steamed poppy seed bun. But just as important are the essential toppings. If you walk into a proper Chicago hot dog stand and order it "Chicago Style," you'll get exactly these seven ingredients on your dog: yellow mustard, chopped white onions, neon green pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato wedges, sport peppers and, of course, celery salt.
  • Life in High Gear (July 2016)
    Most books related to the gear industry are more about the business side or the technical aspects of what we do.
  • Apologies (June 2016)
    I'd like to apologize to the dedicated people working on revisions to the AGMA 925 standard and the Technical Report ISO 15144-1, both of which deal with the issue of micropitting. In the March/April issue of Gear Technology, we published an opinion piece in our Voices column that harshly criticized the methods for predicting micropitting outlined in ISO 15144-1.
  • Happy Birthday! (May 2016)
    The 25th anniversary is the silver. The 50th is the gold. The 75th is the diamond. But what symbolizes the 100th?
  • Time to Take Off the Training Wheels (March/April 2016)
    Teaching a kid to ride a bike is hard work. Sure, you can put training wheels on the bike, and the kid will be mostly safe, build some confidence and manage to get around. But it's not really riding a bike, is it?
  • Smart Ideas for 2016 (January/February 2016)
    For us, 2016 is the year of smart ideas. Not our smart ideas, but yours. We've spent a lot of effort collecting information from Gear Expo, our State of the Gear Industry annual survey and market research to find out more about what you want from us. We've also taken your suggestions and used them to make improvements, add new features and build on what we've been doing here for 32 years in our role as the Gear Industry's Information Source.
  • Meeting of the Minds (November/December 2015)
    One of the great benefits of Gear Expo for us here at Gear Technology is the opportunity to meet faceto-face with many of the people who, in one way or another, contribute to our success throughout the year. After all, our success is dependent almost entirely on information and the people who provide it. These contributors include researchers at top technical universities, the heads of technology at major gear industry corporations, independent consultants with decades of gear industry experience, members and volunteers at leading industry organizations like the AGMA, our technical editors and others.
  • You Dont Have to Climb a Mountain (September/October 2015)
    If only there were some source of endless knowledge, experience and wisdom to guide you through your gear-related problems. If only there were some philosopher on a mountaintop whose sole purpose was to bring enlightenment to your gear noise problems, to unravel the mysteries of profile shift, to provide insight to a critical gear manufacturing problem or to explain the meaning of life (gear life, that is).
  • Experts Work Here (August 2015)
    Our goal at Gear Technology for the past 31 years has been to bring you the best possible technical information about gear manufacturing. We serve as the industry’s educational resource, explaining the technology not only so that you can understand it, but also so that you can make use of it in your gear-related business.
  • One More Reason (July 2015)
    If you haven’t already done so, you should make plans to attend Gear Expo in September. It’s a unique and important show, and you should take advantage of it.
  • Good Morning, Class (June 2015)
    Since we began publishing in 1984, Gear Technology's mission has been to educate our readers. For 31 years, we've shown you the basics of gear manufacturing as well as the cutting edge. We take our educational mission quite seriously, and we go through steps that most publishers don't have time for or wouldn't consider.
  • Im Surprised that Youre Surprised (May 2015)
    I’ve just come back from the AGMA annual meeting in Napa, California, where I had a great time visiting with friends and colleagues in the gear industry. As always, the annual meeting was a great opportunity to network and meet with other AGMA members.
  • Erosion of Knowledge (March/April 2015)
    Have you ever stood on a beach at the edge of the water and felt the grains of sand dissolve from under your feet as the water recedes? No matter how hard you plant your feet or grip your toes, you can’t hold on to the sand. It just flows away right from under you. In many ways that sand is like the knowledge and experience of our graying manufacturing workforce. It seems inevitable that much of that knowledge is being washed away.
  • Coffeegate (January/February 2015)
    The other day I went to Starbuck’s and ordered my usual four shots of espresso, straight up. I know what you’re thinking: that’s a lot of caffeine, especially for someone as naturally energetic as I am. But after years and years, I may have built up a tolerance to the caffeine. I picked up the espresso habit as a much younger man, when I worked for Daldi & Matteucci (DEMM) in Italy back in the ’70s. And I’ve stuck with it ever since.
  • Step Right Up and Have Your Fortune Told (November/December 2014)
    Most companies spend this time of year crystal ball gazing. Managers want to know the future so they can make projections, plan schedules, determine budgets and make major decisions that will ensure their success.
  • Cracking the WIP (September/October 2014)
    Over the past few months I've talked with several different gear manufacturers who are in the process of upgrading their gear making equipment with modern CNC machine tools. Each of these manufacturers has come to the realization that in order to stay competitive, he needs to streamline operations and become more efficient...
  • Beginning, Renewing, Sharing - an IMTS Journey for Everyone (August 2014)
    IMTS is about beginnings. This year's show takes place September 8-13 at McCormick Place in Chicago. With more than 1,900 exhibitors expected to occupy more than 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space, there will be plenty of technology on display.
  • No Excuse is Good Enough (July 2014)
    Might some of you may be tempted to skip IMTS this year? Business is just so-so. You can’t afford to be away from the shop. It will be a waste of time because you don’t have the budget for new machine tools or new technology anyway. You’ve cut back on travel expenses. It’s your wife’s birthday...