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 12. September 2014

VIDEO: Manufacturing Trends at IMTS


This year's Advanced Manufacturing Center at IMTS (IMTS is currently underway at McCormick Place in Chicago) features five trends and technologies that are moving manufacturing forward: Additive Manufacturing, Automation, Automotive 2025, Top Shops Benchmarking Survey, and Data-Driven Manufacturing. To learn more, view this video that offers a wrap-up description of the five trends. Then, view more videos about the manufacturing trends here.

Posted by: Lori Beckman 11. September 2014

Marubeni Citizen Hosts Celebration at IMTS for 30 Years in U.S.

Beluga whales at Marubeni's IMTS celebration.

Marubeni Citizen commemorated its 30th anniversary in the U.S. with a formal, private celebration at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago last evening. Attendees, who consisted of executives, key former employees, dealers and customers, were treated to a viewing of beluga whales, dolphins, and cocktails on the terrace with the beautiful Chicago skyline as the backdrop. This was all followed by an elegant dinner in front of the huge, exotic fish tank. A diver wearing a Marubeni Citizen 30th anniversary t-shirt fed the fish in the tank. Dinner was followed by a cordials and dessert hour.

The reception entertainment was provided by a local trio who played hit music on their classical string instruments. Attendees were treated like family all evening, and upon departing the event, each person was presented a violin-shaped clock that plays 30 melodies and songs. 

As if this magnificent party at the Shedd wasn't enough, the company sent everyone home on a trolley that gave attendees a tour of the beautiful city at night.

The Chicago skyline from the Shedd Aquarium terrace.

Posted by: Lori Beckman 8. September 2014

IMTS ShowDaily Website on your Smartphone, Tablet

Find IMTS ShowDaily online!

The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) ShowDaily, the newspaper-style publication that traditionally comes out at the show three times during IMTS week, is going digital for the first time. So if you didn’t make it to Chicago for IMTS this week, or if you did and you want the latest news from the show floor without picking up the ShowDaily hard copy, it’s easy to visit Smartphone and tablet friendly, the site is convenient to check out show events while on site or read the latest news and products being displayed at the show, and more.

Once on the site, browse stories by pavilion (Metalcutting, Tooling & Workholding Systems, Machine Components/Environmental, Quality Assurance, Controls & CAD/CAM, and more).

Check out the latest goings-on at IMTS here

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! 

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