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 11. July 2016

Presenters Needed at PMTS’ PCx


The Parts Cleaning Expo (PCx) 2017 is now accepting abstracts from those interested in presenting during the conference, which will be held during the Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS) next April. The deadline for abstracts is August 22.

Conference session suggestions include:

  • Fundamentals/Benefits of Cleaning
  • Industry-Specific Cleaning Strategies
  • Cleaning Equipment Configurations/Automation
  • New Cleaning Processes and Technologies
  • Corrosion Protection - When and Why?
  • Environmental Issues and Recycling

To maximize the exposure and longevity of each speaker's work, we will also provide pre-show promotion in both PM and Products Finishing magazines. Included with your commitment to the conference is the opportunity to have a written version of your presentation published online along with the chance to be published in the printed editions of each magazine. 

To submit an abstract, fill out the form here

Posted by: Lori Beckman 15. January 2016

Methods Engineer Receives 30 Under 30 Award

Brittany Speroni talks to girls at a young age to get them interested in STEM.

Brittany Speroni, a Methods Machine Tools Inc. mechanical engineer, was named a 2015 recipient of SME’s 30 Under 30 awards in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). A total of 30 young manufacturing professionals from across the country were chosen for their exceptional talent and leadership in STEM. Ms. Speroni was also recently appointed to serve on SME 2016 Member Council.

According to Ms. Speroni, her love of math has played a central role in her life, having drawn her inspiration from her mother who is a math teacher. It was through her mother's encouragement and a high school math teacher who helped her with real world applications of physics, that solidified her chosen career path in engineering. Ms. Speroni attended Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) in Boston, Massachusettes and enrolled in the mechanical engineering (ME) technology degree program there.

It was in the ME program that she took her first manufacturing class, which became the catalyst that led her to more manufacturing classes, hands-on labs and a co-op job in her home state of New Jersey, where she worked for a small machine shop. In addition, during her time at WIT she became involved with the local SME student chapter and was a committee officer and also chair.

It was through a student group visit to an open house at Methods prior to graduating that led Ms. Speroni to her first and current position at Methods in 2012, working in the automation department designing robot end of arm tools, in addition to quoting and managing projects.

Her love of engineering has inspired her to expose STEM to young women and she has spoken to a local Girl Scout chapter in her home state of New Jersey, and also at an event held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, called, "Geek is Glam," which was for girls in grades 4-8. She not only spoke to the girls at the event, but also involved the girls in a small hands-on demonstration. One girl who she assisted at the event was so motivated she went on to enter a biotechnology program and joined a STEM club.

"It proved to me how important it is to talk to these girls at a young age because it can really make a difference in their future. They are also the ones who are going to impact our world and we need to make sure they realize how important their contribution will be to manufacturing," Ms. Speroni says. 


Posted by: Lori Beckman 4. January 2016

Workshops for Warriors Graduates Largest Class


A total of 46 veterans/wounded warriors graduated from Workshops for Warriors last month at its San Diego, California facility, making that class the largest graduating class to date for the organization. This is a triumph not only for the students and the organization, but for the industry as well, since large and small manufacturing organizations across the country just gained 46 new skilled workers where they are desperately needed.

“We’re the only accredited nonprofit providing veterans with these opportunities. Not only do we offer state-of-the-art equipment, computers and facilities, but most importantly, all training is at no cost to veterans,” says Hernàn Luis y Prado, founder of Workshops for Warriors. “We’re extremely proud of our graduates and look forward to continuing our 100 percent placement rate.”

Each semester runs 16 weeks and offers students credentials from industry organizations such as the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Mastercam University, and SolidWorks

To learn about enrollment or donating to help support Workshops for Warriors and its mission, visit the website

Posted by: Lori Beckman 28. December 2015

Visit the CAD/CAM Zone for Software Info

The Workflow concept of Edgecam is designed to guide the user through the programming process in a natural progression.

If you are in need of information on CAD, CAM or related software for your shop, visit PM’s zone to read articles on such products, skim product releases to find particular software you are looking for, and watch videos showing software in action. Also, our supplier directory can help you get in contact with software companies. It’s all in one neat package here on our website, so there’s no need to do a Google search that will produce irrelevant information. 

Posted by: Lori Beckman 21. December 2015

DMG MORI Open House in Pfronten, Germany, Showcases 90 Exhibits

The company's Ultrasonic 20 linear milling machine, which offers a reduced footprint, is one of many machines being premiered in Pfronten in January.

From January 26-30, DMG MORI will be showcasing 90 high tech exhibits at Deckel Maho in Pfronten, Germany, including the company’s best-selling machines as well as six new machines featuring turn-mill complete machining, universal milling, XXL parts machining and new technologies. The company will feature Celos and technology cycles for Industry 4.0; CTX gamma 3000 TC second generation turn-mill center; DMU 160 duoBlock fourth generation milling machine; DMU 210 P second generation portal machine; the DMU 600 G linear milling machine; the DIXI 125 machining center; and the Ultrasonic 20 linear milling machine. For more information about the event and to register, click here



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