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 1. September 2014

VIDEO: Lean Factory Tour on a Razor Scooter

Lean manufacturing is described as many things. "We sweep, sort and standardize at the begining of each day," according to this company, who is lives and breathes lean practices. Lean is about running a clean, organized operation that makes work easy and makes employees enjoy working. Take a look at this fun, informative behind-the-scenes video at FastCap that will get you and your staff talking about ways to improve your lean processes. There are so many great ideas in this video. Maybe a fleet of Razor scooters are in your shop floor's future. 

Posted by: Lori Beckman 25. August 2014

Survey: How to Better Accommodate PMTS Attendees' Needs


In an effort to ensure that PMTS 2015 is a pleasant experience and meets or exceeds the expectations of attendees, Garder Business Media has created a survey for anyone who might attend PMTS. Please take a few moments to answer 12 questions here to help us learn more about your needs at the show. We appreciate your time! 

Posted by: Lori Beckman 18. August 2014

Heller Technology Days Open House Showcases New Equipment


Heller Machine Tools in Troy, Michigan, will open its doors October 8 - 9, from 2 to 7 p.m. each day, to showcase its new machining centers and flexible systems for heavy duty, flexible production, and new crank milling and turning machines. Twenty-five supplier and complementary technology firms will also participate with displays including tooling and automation.

At its bi-annual Technology Days exposition, the company will demonstrate on its assembly floor:

  • The new cylinder bore coating (CBC) process, which imparts a high-durability coating to aluminum parent metal, such as aluminum engine blocks
  • An automotive flexible machining system, MC 20
  • Flexible heavy duty machining solutions for large components, including large diesel engine blocks and heads
  • Gas and oil industry machining capabilities with high torque HMCs
  • Blue energy efficiency machining advancements

Contact Heller Troy at or by calling 248-556-8431 for Technology Days reservations.



Posted by: Lori Beckman 4. August 2014

Automation for Your Machine Shop


A free white paper from Gosiger Automation discusses the reasons that metalworking manufacturers from small CNC shops to large-scale operations benefit from automating many machining functions.

In the paper, Gosiger Automation specialists address the importance of understanding every step in the manufacturing process, having the right machine tools and peripherals, and the role robots may play in automating such tasks as workpiece loading and unloading, material handling and inspection.

A companion white paper provides further information about robotic-based automation, including a cost justification example. Both white papers may be downloaded here.

Posted by: Lori Beckman 28. July 2014

NIMS at White House Summit on American Apprenticeships

James Wall and Greg Chambers at the White House.

On July 14, Greg Chambers, chairman of the NIMS board of directors and compliance director for Oberg Industries (Freeport, Pennsylvania), and NIMS Executive Director James Wall attended the White House Summit on American Apprenticeships to provide their informed standpoints on today's apprenticeship system and its future.

Summit topics included a forum on innovation in apprenticeship, followed by discussions on expansion into up-and-coming occupations and industries, promotion of innovation in apprenticeship, and designing for diversity. The summit discussed the conceptualization of building a supportive local base for apprenticeships to cultivate action at the state and regional levels and the capacity-building necessary to establish an "ecosystem for apprenticeship."

An announcement containing specifications of an upcoming $100 million federal investment in American apprenticeship is expected in mid-October this year. 

Contact NIMS to learn more about its apprenticeship opportunities

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