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. PRESS KIT

 

A Refreshing Experience

By: Derek Korn

Production Machining has a new look as we continually endeavor to enhance our readers’ experiences with the magazine while following our own advice in preaching the value of continuous improvement.
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Swiss-Types

CNC Machine Shop Shares Swiss-Type Lathe Training Tips

By: Derek Korn

There are nuances to training a person to effectively operate a Swiss-type lathe. A shop I visited a while back offers some suggestions.
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CNC & Machine Controls

Compact Second-Op CNC Mill Gets Makeover

By: Derek Korn

New control and programming capabilities make this small VMC well suited for second-op work or use as a standalone production milling machine.
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Machines

As a Business Evolves, So Does its Machining Technology

By: Derek Korn

Gent Machine, now under its fourth-generation of family ownership, has made operational and equipment decisions to position it for continued success moving forward.

Shop Management Software

Adding ERP? Set up a Test Environment Before Going Live

By: Derek Korn

Are you planning to add an ERP solution or switch to a new platform for your CNC machine shop? Setting up a test environment enables your employees to learn and train for the new software and can help ensure success. Here are five reasons why that is.

Swiss-Types

Does a Scanning Probe Make Sense on a Swiss-Type?

By: Derek Korn

Swiss-types have limited tooling capacity, but there can be advantages to giving up some of that capacity to take advantage of a touch probe — in fact, a scanning probe — to enable in-process part measurements.
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Industries

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.
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Measurement

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.
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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.