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 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. 


Posted by: Lori Beckman 8. June 2015

Tell your IMTS Story

Win this t-shirt.

What does the International Manufacturing Technology Show mean to you? If you can tell your story in 150 words or less, you will be rewarded with a green IMTS 2016 T-shirt, some stickers and other items.

The show sponsors would like to consider the submitted stories for use in the IMTS 2016 marketing campaign. Any IMTS visitor, exhibitor, student or first-time attendee is eligible. Contributors whose stories are used in the marketing campaign will receive complimentary admission to the IMTS 2016 trade show floor.

The contest is open until June 15. For details and an entry form, click here.

Posted by: Lori Beckman 1. June 2015

Partnership Strengthens Company's Position in Automotive Segment

The joint innovative solutions and technologies allows both companies to leverage and improve their global automotive offer.


Sandvik Coromant and Hanna Tools have created a mutually beneficial partnership that will allow Sandvik Coromant to further develop and strengthen its global position within the automotive segment. Hanna Tools will introduce its tool portfolio to a wider customer base.

The aim of this partnership is to continue to develop and offer engineered solutions to the global automotive industry, mainly for machining aluminum and cast iron. Today, both companies are active in offering specific solutions for machining key component features. These solutions involve advanced engineered precision tools and require specific engineering competence.  

“The consolidation and expansion of this partnership with Sandvik Coromant, enables Hanna Tools to promote its brand and expertise at global levels,” says Eduardo Hanna, CEO of Hanna Tools. He continues, “In addition, it allows us to access the newest technologies of research and development of new products.”

The combination of Sandvik Coromant’s global presence matched with Hanna Tools’ unique technologies offer a competitive assortment dedicated to targeted customers and machine tool makers. 

Posted by: Lori Beckman 27. May 2015

Understanding Thread Whirling with a Broken Hip

Bone screws, which are thread whirled, are used in the medical every day.

I was recently reflecting on how long PM has been offering readers the PM Inbox Insight monthly e-newsletter and was stunned to realize that it’s been published since July 2008. I took a peek at some of my first PM 101: Learn More with Lori columns, and one especially caught my eye because of its personal approach to describing what is involved in the process of external thread whirling.

Every day, injured folks benefit from bone screws machined by thread whirling. Read about the process that has impacted the medical industry, and how it has helped my father’s broken hit heal. Visit “Medical Edge: Thread Whirling” to read the article and for links to more information on the topic.  


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