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 23. February 2015

Rich Stephenson to Present at PMTS Knowledge Center


Coming in April to the Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS), presentations from industry experts will be part of festivities through Knowledge Centers. Rich Stephenson, additive development, C&A Tool, will be presenting “Practical Uses of Additive Manufacturing – a Job Shop’s Perspective,” on Tuesday, April 21 at 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 22 at 2 p.m. and Thursday, April 23 at 11 a.m.

Join Rich as he offers a high-level presentation of how C&A Tool has incorporated Additive Manufacturing into its “toolbox.”  He will offer some basic guidelines they have learned over the past 8 years, using AM and give practical insight as to when AM makes sense—and when it doesn’t. 

The knowledge centers will be held on the show floor and are accessible to all attendees. But you must be at PMTS in Columbus, Ohio. Click here to learn more and register.   


Posted by: Lori Beckman 16. February 2015

Medical Machining Challenges and Solutions

Complexus delivers devices completely machined, laser-welded, laser-marked and assembled to its customers, keeping some secondary processes in-house while outsourcing others to trusted local vendors. 

Every shop has its challenges, and every shop must find ways to overcome these obstacles. One manufacturer in Mishawka, Indiana, that machines medical components has been affected by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) that includes a new tax on medical devices. Therefore, medical device OEMs are looking for suppliers that offer competitive cost advantages for the parts and assemblies they provide.

This is one of many challenges for these manufacturers, however. The changes have impacted not only the equipment Complexus Medical has purchased through the years, but also the shopfloor practices and business strategies it has adopted to become more competitive. To read about several of the specific challenges this company has experienced as well as the actions the shop has taken to address them, read “Making it in Medical."

Posted by: Lori Beckman 2. February 2015

The PM and PMPA Relationship

PMTS is one reason for the association between PM and PMPA.

The PM and the Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) relationship runs deeper than PMPA’s section in the monthly issues of PM. Production Machining helps promote the benefits of PMPA membership, and in turn, PMPA helps PM build strong relationships within the industry that contribute to article ideas and the knowledge needed to write these articles. Attending PMPA conference sessions also assists the PM staff in gaining a better understanding of hot topics in the industry.

PMPA, an international trade association with most members located in North America, has represented the precision machined products industry since 1933. It consists of industry experts who, with their PMPA membership, have access to a range of programs and services designed to help them meet challenges and focus on new business opportunities. Not only are there local and national events and networking opportunities hosted by PMPA and scheduled on a regular basis, but there are information resources such as email listserves, and online information via on environmental, safety, quality and regulatory issues, and more.

The upcoming Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS), held biennially, is another reason for the association between PM and PMPA. More than 150 exhibitors will be displaying their products at this year’s show in Columbus, Ohio, on April 21-23. PM is one of the show’s co-presenters. If you haven’t already, register online now.

To read more articles like these by the PMPA, open each of our issues to page 17, or visit and choose the issue in which you would like to read them, on the left-hand column.   

Posted by: Lori Beckman 26. January 2015

HaasTec Open House Includes Machine Demos and Factory Tours


If you will be in SoCal in mid-March, make it a point to visit Haas Automation Inc.’s headquarters and manufacturing facility in Oxnard for the large, 4-day open house.

HaasTec 2015, scheduled for March 17 through 20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, will include machine demos, factory tours, a catered lunch, and more. The previous HaasTec in 2013 drew almost 3,000 attendees from 44 countries, and this year’s event promises to be even bigger.

Visitors to HaasTec 2015 will see the latest Haas CNC technology up close, with 20 machines on display. There also will be extensive tours of Haas Automation’s 1 million square-foot facility, both above and on the production floor to see how Haas machines are built. Also, more than 30 exhibitors from major tooling, workholding and CAD/CAM manufacturers will be on hand to share their insight and show their products.

Click here to register for this free event.

Posted by: Lori Beckman 20. January 2015

VIDEO: NIMS Credentialing 101

This NIMS Credentialling 101 Video is designed to educate and empower your staff to begin NIMS testing at your training location. The 38-minute video covers everything you need to know about credentialling with step-by-step instructions on each phase of the testing process. Instructions cover all roles and procedures, including registration, performance projects, online theory tests.

If you don't have time for the whole video, download the Credentialling 101 Kit here, which contains screenshots and a variety of resources to start testing immediately.

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