Derek Korn Editor-in-Chief

Derek Korn was named Production Machining’s Editor-in-Chief in 2020. Prior to that, he spent 16 years writing for Modern Machine Shop magazine and seven years with an industrial public relations company. He says visiting CNC machine shops to write about how they leverage new technology and processes to their advantage is the most enjoyable part of his job. In this role, he gets to help guide the brand as it focuses on helping niche machining businesses — many of which perform high-precision, high-volume CNC turning work — become more efficient operations. His mechanical engineering technology degree from the University of Cincinnati provides a firm foundation for understanding manufacturing technology so that he can explain its benefits to owners and managers of precision machining operations.

 

How Diligent Are You About Toolholder, Spindle Cleanliness?

By: Derek Korn

Big Kaiser offers insights in how to best clean and maintain cutting tool assemblies to ensure CNC machine tools operate at optimum performance.

Measurement

Gaging’s Value for Effective Unattended CNC Machining

By: Derek Korn

Process control is a bigger deal for high-volume CNC machining operations to eliminate scads of scrap/rework because a problem was not identified early on.

Horizontal & Vertical Lathes

Helpful, Free CAD Model for Those Who Machine DOM Tubing

By: Derek Korn

This machine shop 3D prints a plastic plug that it inserts into the end of tubing to prevent chips and coolant from entering the lathe's bar feeder. It offers a free CAD model of it for other shops machining that material.
#horizontal-and-vertical-lathes

Multitasking Machining Equipment: Now the New Normal

By: Derek Korn

Equipment that can turn, mill and more is quickly becoming the standard in metalworking technology. These machines can produce increasingly complex parts in a single setup yet are easier operate than ever before.

Swiss-Types Offer Advantages Beyond Watchmaking

By: Derek Korn

CNC sliding headstock lathes are becoming more popular among traditional machine shops for their multitasking capabilities, some offering B-axis milling spindles.

Turn-Mills: Being About the B-Axis

By: Derek Korn

With the addition of powerful B-axis milling spindles and automatic toolchangers, turn-mills combine the best of milling and turning worlds.

Tooling

Faster Centerline Setups for Anti-Vibration Boring Bars

By: Derek Korn

A serrated, magnetic device has been developed to speed centerline adjustment for Iscar’s Whisperline vibration-damping boring bars.

Create a Virtual Tour of Your Shop

By: Derek Korn

Open houses and tours are techniques leading CNC machine shops use to market their operations to prospective new customers and new hires. It’s also possible to do this digitally like Roush Yates Manufacturing Solutions has, which is helpful in these strange days of social distancing.
#opinion

Chip-Collection Problem Solver Becomes Product Line

By: Derek Korn

A Wisconsin contract manufacturer created a tilting chip hopper that can be used with a forklift for one-person emptying of scrap material. It has since become a product available to other companies.

Horizontal & Vertical Lathes

Automated Hard Turning, Grinding on One Platform

By: Derek Korn

This inverted vertical turning machine can perform hard turning and grinding of chucked components such as gears while loading and unloading material and completed parts itself.
#techbrief #horizontal-and-vertical-lathes

Shining Light on New Machining Technology

By: Derek Korn

Equipment and software that can enable precision CNC machine shops to grow and become more efficient continue to be developed.
#opinion

Turning Machines

Precision Machining Technology Moving Shops Forward

By: Derek Korn

New equipment and software continue to be developed to support the needs of production machine shops like yours. Here’s a sample of technology now on the market that can help you grow your operation and become more efficient.