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Gear Talk With Chuck

Gear Expo Swag Report

Soon you will be reading lots of stories about the 2017 AGMA Fall Technical Meeting and Gear Expo in our magazine and online reports. BUT, the information you really crave

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Staying Engaged

I recently got a phone call with questions about a drawing from 1981. The caller saw “Schultz” in the signature block and thought it was me. Flattering but, in this

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Storage Problems

One of my favorite science fiction books is A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller, Jr., originally published in 1960. This post-apocalyptic tale of destruction and rebuilding includes “sacred

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Gear Expo Day 1

The first day of Gear Expo has been a resounding success. We’ve heard from a number of exhibitors who all report that business is good, foot traffic has been steady,

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Automation, Regulations and Job Creation

Robots, self driving cars, and artificial intelligence are popular topics in business publications. Depending upon the writer’s perspective, they are either the greatest thing since sliced bread or the beginning

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Thinking Big

My local newspaper’s lead story today concerned the explosive demolition of a highway bridge in nearby Tionesta, PA. As luck would have it, our most recent Sunday afternoon meander took

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Appreciating the Shiny Stuff

I lament the rise of the “Service Economy.” This past Friday was National Manufacturing Day; I did not know that until my editor brought it to my attention. Once upon

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How Much Education is Enough?

My last posting may have left you thinking I was anti-intellectual. Far from it; my point is that education is fundamentally different than training. Training teaches you to perform a

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Education vs. Training

Buried deep within the never ending debate on job growth is a fundamental misunderstanding on the difference between education and training. I am a strong supporter of traditional apprenticeship programs