Lori Beckman

Lori has been working “behind the scenes” of Production Machining since 2003, writing and editing the Products, News and Case in Point sections of the magazine, editing other staff members’ articles, and more recently, writing a column for PM’s e-newsletter, Inbox Insights. She began her journalism career in the trucking industry, writing technical articles for two trade publications. She has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Dayton.

Posted by: Lori Beckman 27. July 2015

Find the Best Parts Cleaning System for Your Shop

Ultrasonics are often specified for a precision cleaning process to both expedite and enhance parts cleaning action.


Knowing the kind of parts cleaning system that best suits the parts manufactured is critical to a successful and efficient cleaning process in any shop. Cleaning equipment with water-based and solvent-based chemicals are the two options out there, and under those categories, there are a number of variables to consider. To read more about selecting a cleaning system, read "Selecting a Cleaning System for Small Parts." Also, read "Selecting Solvents for Precision Cleaning" to learn about stringent standards and solvent selection. 

For more articles about cleaning, including cleaning products, suppliers and more, visit PM's Parts Cleaning Equipment Zone

Posted by: Lori Beckman 20. July 2015

'Media Usage in Manufacturing' Survey Results


Gardner Research, the market intelligence division of Gardner Business Media Inc. (Production Machining's parent company), has announced the results of the fifth annual “Media Usage in Manufacturing” survey of industrial professionals. The full report including complete survey results, insights on industrial marketing trends and buyer behavior is available here

The survey, completed in the first quarter of this year, includes a group of 2,288 respondents composed mainly of executives, managers and engineers at companies engaged in durable goods manufacturing.

The survey results include observations and raw data investigating primary trends in business-to-business industrial marketing and media usage. Specific topics include: buying cycle behavior, search, mobile, media usage, social media and vendor selection.

Commenting on this year’s key findings, Rick Kline, Jr. group publisher & vice president noted “Along with delivering insights into how industrial professionals are using media, this year’s survey is a positive commentary on the strength of North American manufacturing. Respondents indicated they are researching products, processes and services more frequently and using more types of media to conduct their research. The strong survey participation and increased research activity illustrates manufacturers’ investment in evolving and expanding their businesses.” 

Read the fully report here

Posted by: Lori Beckman 13. July 2015

Swiss-Type Machining Tips

Even a person who is familiar with conventional turning ceners can stumble when learning how to operate a Swiss-type lathe with its signature sliding headstock design.

With many shops adopting Swiss-type machining, operators need to start from scratch to learn the ins and outs of this platform and to ensure that the machining processes run smoothly. Training new operators on these lathes may consist of micrometers, reading prints and so on. This article from PM’s sister publication, Modern Machine Shop, gives tips from one shop who has been through the process of training for Swiss-type. Tips include knowing the difference between a headstock collet and a guide bushing; measuring each bar before installing; taking care when offsetting tools, knowing the workpiece material, and more. Read “New to Swiss-Type Turning” for the complete article.

Posted by: Lori Beckman 29. June 2015

Women Honored for Excellence in Manufacturing



The Manufacturing Institute announced 130 women who are 2015 STEP Ahead Award Honorees and Emerging Leaders on March 26 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. These women have accomplished success within their companies and have proven to be leaders in the industry as a whole. This year, the Emerging Leaders category represents a select few young women who are the future of the industry and have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments at the beginning of their careers. 

Among these winners were three Sandvik Coromant employees, including Veronica Messersmith, vice president of sales; Tara Shamus, service engineer; and, in the new Emerging Leader category, Faina Sandler, global web specialist.

"These women are the faces of exciting careers in manufacturing," says Jennifer McNelly, president, The Manufacturing Institute. "We chose to honor these women because they each made significant achievements in manufacturing through positive impact on their company and the industry as a whole.”

The STEP Awards are part of a larger STEP Ahead initiative, launched to examine and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry that focuses on the attraction, development, advancement, and retention of high potential female talent.

STEP Ahead is designed to help improve the retention of existing female talent and highlight role models that can help raise awareness about careers for women in manufacturing. Currently, women represent 25 percent of all manufacturing employees but 51 percent of the potential workforce. 

Posted by: Lori Beckman 22. June 2015

Mastercam Becomes WorldSkills CAM Partner


The CAM software that competitors in the upcoming WorldSkills 2015 competition have been practicing on for months, honing their programming skills, has become the official software for the machining competitions there. Mastercam will be used in the four machining competitions, including CNC Turning, CNC Milling, Plastic Die Engineering, and the Manufacturing Team Challenge. The Manufacturing Challenge requires the teams to use Mastercam to produce parts on lathe and milling machines that may be assembled together to produce a workable product.

CNC Software Inc. provides Mastercam free of charge to WorldSkills competitors for the year leading up to the competition. 

WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 is the year’s largest international skills competition with young people from across the globe competing to be the best of the best in their chosen skill. The competition takes place at Anhembi Parque, São Paulo, Brazil, from August 11-16. Billed as the “Olympics of the skilled trades,” competitors will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals to take back to their respective countries.

CNC Software is active in this competition at a grassroots level, helping the contestants around the world with software to prepare for the event. This is done in conjunction with the local Mastercam resellers to get them involved with future engineers and machinists. 


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