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 4. May 2015

Reshoring Initiative Report Shows Positive Job Trends

Reshoring Library through Dec. 31, 2014. Note: "Our nearshoring data is almost certainly understated, due to underreporting." - The Reshoring Initiative (Photo extracted from Reshoring Initiative Data Report 2014)

The Reshoring Initiative has published its annual data report on reshoring trends. More than 60,000 manufacturing jobs were brought to the United States by reshoring and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) combined last year, representing a 400 percent increase since 2003.

With only 30,000 to 50,000 jobs being offshored to other countries last year, the resulting net gain of 10,000 or more jobs per year represents a shift in the right direction. By comparison in 2003, the United States lost net about 140,000 manufacturing jobs per year to offshoring. The steady decrease in the number of jobs lost, capped by a net gain last year, is building confidence that reshoring and FDI are important contributing factors to the country’s manufacturing rebound.

Data for this report comes from the Reshoring Initiative’s Reshoring Library of more than 2,000 published articles, privately submitted reshoring case studies and some other privately documented cases. The report provides data and analysis in 13 different categories ranging from the number of manufacturing jobs lost to offshoring and reasons cited for reshoring to a breakdown of data by industry, country, region and state. It also includes an international summary of cases reshored to other countries

“We publish this data annually to show companies that the trend in manufacturing in the United States is to source domestically,” says Harry Moser, founder and president of the Reshoring Initiative. “With 3 to 4 million manufacturing jobs still off shore, we see huge potential for even more growth and hope this data will motivate more companies to re-evaluate their sourcing and siting decisions.”

Click here to read the complete report

Posted by: Lori Beckman 28. April 2015

Program Earns National Accreditation from NIMS

Instructors Dwight Barnes (center right) and Dexter Edwards (center left) with first and second year machining students.

Maintaining an industry standard inside the classroom is no easy task, but the Computer Integrated Machining Technology Program at Johnston Community College (Smithfield, North Carolina) has done just that by becoming nationally accredited by NIMS as of April 9. In receiving this national recognition, Johnston staff and faculty demonstrate their dedication to excellence in metalworking training. This recognition required several quality reviews by NIMS. The evaluation included a facility inspection of the college’s metalworking shop, as well as a host of in-depth interviews with students, instructors, administrators, program advisory committee members and local employers. Following these events, the evaluation team issued above-average ratings to the program in all areas of the evaluation. At Johnston Community College, students are given the opportunity to earn NIMS national, industry credentials and faculty have blazed the trail with a combined ten credentials held by Instructors Dwight Barnes and Brian Worley. To learn more about this program, contact Dwight L. Barnes Instructor, Computer Integrated Machining Technology, at or (919) 464-2286.

Posted by: Lori Beckman 20. April 2015

A ‘Made in the U.S.A Renaissance’ Might be on the Horizon

Technological innovation has revolutionized manufacturing.

The newest technology in manufacturing is being recognized across the nation as a cause of what might be a “Made in the U.S.A. renaissance,” according to a recent online article from U.S News & World Report. The article says robots are performing many manual-labor type functions that eliminate the need for operators. “A fully automated production line eliminates other countries’ cheap labor appeal that originally drove many U.S. manufacturing jobs overseas.”

The technology making automation possible may be already implemented in your shop, but at the very least, you have read about it online or in Production Machining. The prospect of “renaissance” is exciting and is a result of the hard work we have put into these developments over the past several years. We now have the technology to make the same products we were not long ago sending overseas for the same price.

Click here to read more about what U.S. News & World Report says regarding the domestic manufacturing sector.


Posted by: Lori Beckman 13. April 2015

Delcam Waives Fees for Organizations Incorporating its Software


Recognizing the need for more technical training to be offered in order to bridge the skills gap, Delcam is waiving all fees for any non-profit organization incorporating its FeatureCAM and Delcam for SolidWorks CAM software in its manufacturing education programs. This applies to all non-profit institutions qualifying to Delcam Training Center (DTC) requirements in the United States and Canada this year.

FeatureCAM Training Centers, the forerunners to the Delcam Training Centers, were introduced over 15 years ago to help prepare students that wanted to further their education in engineering or get knowledge and training for entry level jobs in manufacturing.

For more information regarding on the Delcam Training Center Program and Delcam University, visit

Posted by: Lori Beckman 30. March 2015

Expanding Micromachining Capabilities

For most micro-milling work, Challenge Machine uses end mills from Performance Micro Tool. Improvement in micro-tool geometries and finishes have been key to enabling the shop to get the most out of its high-speed equipment.

Once a shop finds its niche, it is essential that its staff keeps up with the latest technology for the favorite process and learns tips and tricks along the way to stay competitive and efficient for its customers.

Follow Challenge Machine’s story of its micromachining journey and some lessons learned along the way in an article titled “Micromachining Evolution.” Approximately 80 percent of this 18-person shop’s work involves machining prototypes and producing small batches of parts with micro features in both plastics and metals. It uses tools as small as 0.001 inch in diameter for some jobs. Click here to read the article. 

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