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 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.

Posted by: Lori Beckman 19. January 2015

2015 Top Shops Benchmarking Survey Now Online

Benchmarking survey participants will receive four reports including an Executive Summary that compares responses between the Top Shops benchmarking group and the rest of the participants.

PM's sister publication, Modern Machine Shop, has begun its fifth annual “Top Shops” benchmarking survey, which offers shops of all types and sizes a chance to see how they rate against similar machining businesses. All data collected from individual companies will remain confidential.

Participants who complete the survey will be able to receive a series of summary data reports of the results. Participants are also encouraged to enter the Top Shops Honors Program by providing their full contact information at the beginning of the survey.

Take the survey here.

Learn more about the Top Shops benchmarking initiative here.

If you have questions, please send an email to Derek Korn at

Posted by: Lori Beckman 5. January 2015

Newsletters to Keep You Informed

PM Inbox Insight e-newsletter gives you an in-depth look at the metalworking industry.

It’s often difficult to keep up with the latest metalworking news when you spend most of your time focused on your own company’s needs. Production Machining makes it easier for you to stay informed by producing two e-newsletters that come straight to your email account.

PM Inbox Insight, delivered monthly, offers additional insights inot the precision machine products industry and includes news from our editor-in-chief, Chris Koepfer, information on emerging technology, the basics of metalworking concepts, newly posted products, metalworking events and more. To sign up, click here

PM Etc. is our blog e-newsletter that is delivered to you every Friday. It gives you descriptions and links to the latest blog posts on our site. This is especially useful when you don’t have time to visit our blog every day. To sign up, click here

PM’s website offers the opportunity to sign up for other e-newsletters you may enjoy from industry experts, including e-newsletters related to the auto industry, finishing, composites, plastics, and more. Click here and scroll down to see the options. 


Posted by: Lori Beckman 29. December 2014

Learn More about Swiss-Type Machines


The differentiating feature of the Swiss-type machine tool configuration is use of a sliding headstock to produce its Z-axis feed. This feature sets the design apart from conventional turning centers. Swiss-types use a guide bushing, usually carbide lined and mounted as the spindle nose, to support the blank stock within the workzone. As the sliding headstock moves in X-plus or minus, the work “slides” through the close-coupled bushing allowing movement as well as support.

Learn more about Swiss-type machines in PM’s Screw Machines – Swiss-Type zone. Here, you will find articles, columns, new product announcements, case studies, video and blog posts related to the Swiss-type machines, as well as new products and suppliers. Click here for more information. 


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