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8 SMT007 MAGAZINE I MARCH 2020 Nolan's Notes by Nolan Johnson, I-CONNECT007 The Smart Factory Means Being Smart About Your Factory In my experience, it happened every time. Maybe it played out the same for you: one of my children would suddenly realize they sim- ply had to be a gymnast (or a ballet dancer, or a fencer, or a pianist, or a guitarist), and that decision would require the purchase of all new gear and lessons for an all-new pursuit. Now, of course, one can't learn new skills without the right equipment, nor can we master a skill through self-teaching alone. Proper gear and expert help are both required. However, the trouble was that my kids got lost in the gear and forgot to listen to the experts—every time. They became enamored with the toys but not the skills. I can't blame them, though. I sometimes have the same tendencies. I have three guitars, for example. I play one guitar 80% of the time; I could get by with just one, but nonetheless, I have three. Likewise, my sailboat has her own siren's call for gadgets and gear. I have to be careful

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