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 20. October 2014

Tool Monitoring for Complex Machining

A specially designed strain gage enables small tools to be monitored effectively.

Multitasking machines are complex, yet have potential for efficiency and productivity. Completing parts in one pass across a multitasking machine streamlines production by eliminating multiple setups, avoiding errors when parts are refixtured and performing several operations simultaneously. They are also ideal for lights-out machining. 

Systems designed to monitor a tool’s condition, adjust automatically for wear and capture information about the tool’s performance can be especially valuable on multitasking machines. One of the biggest challenges to tool monitoring on a multitasking machine is coping with simultaneous cutting operations. Caron Engineering (Wells, Maine) designed a system to meet this challenge called TMAC-MP, which stands for Tool Monitoring Adaptive Control for Multi-Process machines.

To learn more about this tool monitoring system and its advantages, read Tool Monitoring for Multitasking Machines.

Posted by: Lori Beckman 13. October 2014

Refer to MyShow Planner for Follow Up

Does this look familiar? IMTS 2014.

Now that IMTS 2014 is over, there’s time to ponder what you learned at the show and who you met. You can follow up with the companies whose products you were interested in via MyShow Planner. You can still access your MyShow Planner to review your schedule and remind yourself of who you visited. And now, all of the exhibitors’ lead retrieval data can be located in MyShow Planner, so you can see where your badge was scanned. You can even access company websites, search by product categories or pavilion and watch company videos. 

Click here to log in. 


Posted by: Lori Beckman 30. September 2014

Machine Tool Business Looking Bright


After returning from a successful and well attended International Manufacturing Technology Show earlier this month in Chicago, it’s easy to see that manufacturing is out of its slump. The 30th edition of IMTS, held September 8-13, had a registration of 114,147, representing 112 countries, according to AMT - The Association for Manufacturing Technology. This was a 13.9 percent increase over the last IMTS, held in 2012. This year, the show hosted 2,035 exhibiting companies.

Surveys of metalworking equipment buyers indicate spending may jump 37 percent next year to the highest level in 7 years, according to our very own Steven Kline Jr., director of market intelligence for Gardner Research. Steve was quoted in a September 11 “Wall Street Journal” article that reported on IMTS 2014 and the state of our industry.

Steve says the resurgence will be led by automotive, aerospace, pump- and plumbing-products makers and industrial motors. Based on past patterns, the market is likely to hit a cyclical peak in 2015 or 2016 and then weaken again.

Read the full story here



Posted by: Lori Beckman 29. September 2014

VIDEO: This Year's Top Shops Survey Findings


2014 marks the fourth edition of Modern Machine Shop (PM's sister publication) magazine’s Top Shops benchmarking survey. In this video, Derek Korn, MMS’s senior editor, and Steven Kline, director of market intelligence for Gardner Business Media (publisher of PM), highlight some of the interesting findings from this year’s survey.

Posted by: Lori Beckman 22. September 2014

NIMS Leads Global Conference on Workforce Training

Dr. Jill Biden, Jim Wall, and Ambassador LeVine in Zurich.

The future of manufacturing’s skilled workforce continues to be a concern, but the good news is, we have organizations and individuals who are working hard to ensure the talent pipeline remains open.

One such organization is the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). NIMS executive director, Jim Wall, participated in the first International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training on September 16. Mr. Wall was one of three U.S. representatives to speak at the congress, representing the United States' precision manufacturing industry in a global dialogue about the importance of a skilled workforce for economic competitiveness. 

Mr. Wall presented to an international audience of specialists from economic, political and scientific circles, highlighting the NIMS' Competency-Based Apprenticeship System as a key tool in building a pipeline of talent for the manufacturing industry and one that can be replicated in other sectors. Other speakers included Guy Ryder, director-general of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and Federal Councilor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann.

The congress focused on building a positive image of vocational training, supporting bilateral exchanges between the private sector and policymakers, and presenting best practices in companies and schools.

Mr. Wall led a discussion about the impact of business-led training solutions to better prepare the workforce for careers and connect employers directly to talented individuals. Mr. Wall used NIMS' participation in the National Network of Business and Industry Associations (national network) as an example of the importance of business leadership in connecting learning to economic opportunities. 


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