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.

 

Tooling

Custom Tooling, Workholding Help Whip Rotors Into Shape

By: Derek Korn

Whipple Superchargers uses unique form tools and dead-length-collet workholding for its B-axis turn-mill enabling it to create more accurate rotors for its brand of engine power-adders.

The ESOP Alternative for Retiring Machine Shop Owners

By: Derek Korn

An employee stock ownership plan is worth considering for retiring shop owners in which handing their companies to their children doesn’t make sense.
#opinion

Single & Multi-Spindles

Video: Machine Shop President Explains Advantages of Tool Presetters

By: Derek Korn

When contract shop MetalQuest purchased its first multi-spindle, it also purchased a dedicated tool presetter for the machine. Learn why the company president feels shops of all sizes can benefit from measuring tools offline.

Software

ERP Leads Shop to Adopt a Paperless Initiative

By: Derek Korn

Enterprise resource planning software is not only enabling Chapter 2 to better manage its range of machining and manufacturing capabilities but also helping it go paperless.

Benchmark Your Machining Business

By: Derek Korn

By taking the Top Shops benchmarking survey, you can see how your operation’s metrics and practices — both in the front office and shop floor — compare to leading U.S. machining businesses.
#opinion

6 Trends in Production Turning

By: Derek Korn

Production shops are increasingly relying on technology and innovation to enhance competitiveness and deal with the scarcity of skilled workers. Here are six of the most most important ways they are going about it.

Precision CNC Machining Suppliers You Need to Know

By: Derek Korn

Our 2021 Buyer’s Guide highlights companies offering technology to help precision machine shops become more effective and efficient operations while growing their businesses.
#opinion

Measurement

Profilometer Choices

By: Derek Korn

Learn the difference between skidded and skidless profilometers that can be used to measure the surface roughness of machined parts.
#techbrief

CAD/CAM

IMTS spark Session Explains Search Engine for 3D Models

By: Derek Korn

View this on-demand IMTS spark session that details how technology that creates the “physical DNA” of 3D models enables easy model comparison to speed new product design and manufacturing.

CNC Deburring and Chamfering Make a Difference

By: Derek Korn

Manual deburring or chamfering of machined parts can be arduous and results can vary. A dedicated, 11-axis CNC process with complaint technology offers a faster, more repeatable and automated alternative.

Two Bits of Good News to Start 2021

By: Derek Korn

The Precision Machining Technology Show has moved from April to August and Production Machining turns 20. These are both good things.
#opinion #PMTS

Tooling

A CNC Means to Burnish Large, Flat Surfaces

By: Derek Korn

Rather than tasking shopfloor employees to polish large, flat metal surfaces, consider a machine tool with a diamond burnishing face mill instead.